Apprenticeship: Process Automation Engineer – Level 7

in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Apprenticeship: Process Automation Engineer – Level 7


Typically 60 months (not including End Point Assessment). This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience and/or someone already part qualified. Alternatively this may also be a progression route from a relevant Advanced Apprenticeship.

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley (from September 2022)

Delivery Partners
University of Wolverhampton

Delivery Model

• Day release
• Block release options available.

Entry Requirements

Typically, the minimum academic qualification required of an apprentice is a Bachelor’s Degree (BEng or BSc) at 2.2 Hons standard, or equivalent, in chemical or electrical engineering or other appropriate discipline such as physics. Companies will set their own entry requirements in terms of experience.

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Occupational Profile

Process automation lies very much at the interface between disciplines: chemical and electrical engineering, instrumentation and control, Mathematics and computing, software and IT, business and management. To function effectively, process automation engineers require a breadth and depth of knowledge and know-how across that spectrum. They are involved at all stages in the life cycle of an ICSS: feasibility, specification, design, development acceptance, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and support. Typically, on a project basis, they may be involved in ‘doing’ the specifics of design, development, etc, or in the management thereof. Their work is subject to a variety of constraints: international and company standards, legal, contractual and commercial commitments, not to mention good practice.

The standard will apply to all apprentices in its entirety although the emphasis will vary for individuals according to which phases of the life cycle they are involved in and depending upon whether they are employed by system suppliers (the vendors), contractors (or system integrators) or end users (the operating companies).

Training and Development Summary

The Apprenticeship requires completion of an MSc Degree in process automation worth 180 UK credits (90 ECTS credits). The MSc Degree must be accredited by at least 2 relevant Professional Engineering Institutions (PEI), such as IChemE, IET and InstMC, for further learning to Master’s level under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) for graduates with an accredited Bachelor’s Degree.

The Government requires that all apprentices hold Level 2 English and Mathematics prior to the End-point Assessment (EPA).

Professional Recognition and Career Progression

The standard is aligned, as far as is practicable, with the requirements of UK-SPEC. Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, an apprentice will i) be able to apply to become a Member of a relevant PEI, and ii) depending upon the level of experience gained and responsibility held, either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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