Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship

Engineering Fitter apprentices help producing complex high value, low volume components or assemblies.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over.
    • There are no statutory/regulatory or other typical entry requirements.
    • Health and Safety – All learning will need to comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements in the relevant sector
  • Duration

    42 months months (this does not include EPA period)

  • Level

    3

  • Qualifications

    • English & Maths

    Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

    • Other mandatory qualifications
    1. Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – Awarding organization EAL; GLH 750, this qualification ensures full knowledge to complete the fitting role. Level: 3
    2. Ofqual regulatedAdvanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) – Awarding organization Pearsons; GLH 720 – this qualification ensures full knowledge to complete the fitting role. Level: 3

    Ofqual regulated

  • Typical Job Roles

    Mechanical fitter, Electrical fitter, Electronic fitter, Instrumentation fitter, Pipe fitter, Controls and systems fitter

  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Harrow/Hayes campus.

  • Employers Involved in Creating this Standard

    Rolls Royce, UTAS, AMTC, Silicoms, MoveTech UK, Paradigm Precision, MGTS, Heller Machine Tools, Selex, Zeiss

Occupation Summary

This occupation is found in manufacturing and process sectors.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. For example, turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. To produce or re-furbish the components fitters will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work, for example ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the task to the required specification. Fitters are required to check their work against quality standards and make adjustments as required based on their knowledge. On completion of the task a fitter will hand over the product and prepare the work area for the next task by checking equipment meets the standards required to operate. They may be based in a workshop or clients premises - this may include hazardous environments.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation typically interacts with line managers/supervisors; depending on the size of the employer and nature of the work they may work as part of a team of fitters or independently. They may interact with personnel in other functions for example installation and maintenance engineers, health & safety and quality assurance personnel, as well as internal or external customers.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completion of their work to the required specification and deadlines, in line with quality, health & safety and environmental regulations and requirements, with minimum supervision.

Professional Recognition

This standard has professional recognition.

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Module summary

Occupation duties

Duty

Criteria for measuring performance

KSBs

Duty 1 Interpreting and following drawings/diagrams and/or specifications for required component or assembly

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Reads, interprets and understands drawings/diagrams
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S7 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 2 Planning work activity, including resources, equipment and tooling

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Plans and prepares work area to complete the task
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 3 Producing individual components, for example keys, pipework, threading, wiring looms, interfacing parts, motors, wiring cables

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Uses correct manufacturing/assembly processes to complete task
• Selects correct tools for the task to be performed
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 4 Re-furbishing components

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Uses correct manufacturing/assembly processes to complete task
• Selects correct tools for the task to be performed
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 5 Assembling components to produce equipment, machine or system - in full or part

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Uses correct manufacturing/assembly processes to complete task
• Selects correct tools for the task to be performed
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 6 Quality checking and adjusting components or assembly against required specification; for example testing and calibrating

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Adheres to quality criteria and shows knowledge to complete required documentation
K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 7 Identifying and resolving problems with components or assembly; fault diagnosis

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Follows a logical approach to problem solving
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

Duty 8 Handing over completed components or assembly, this may include storage and commissioning

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Uses the correct documentation to hand over component or assembly
K8 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 9 Re-instating work area and equipment

• Complies with health, safety and environmental policies and procedures
• Work area and equipment are reinstated to standard required to complete tasks
• Equipment is calibrated where required
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K15 K16 K17 K18

S5 S12 S13 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3

Duty 10 Contributing to continuous improvement in component production or assembly

• Maintains a professional working relationship with team and stakeholders
• Suggests improvements where appropriate to production or assembly techniques
K1 K2 K4 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14 K16 K17 K18

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 S12 S14 S15

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5

KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Materials used in components/assemblies, for example; mild steel, aluminium, composites, copper etc. Their use and application considerations, for example machinability, hardness, conductivity, cost, availability, compatibility

K2: Principles of design and operation, for example; design for cost, minimising waste, productivity (speed), health and safety, reverse engineering

K3: Manufacturing and assembly processes for example; filing, sawing, scraping, drilling, soldering, bolting, wire cutting, threading etc

K4: Safe use of tools and equipment (hand and power tools); right tool for the job, requirements for machinery checks, adjustments, operation and shut down

K5: Component/assembly specifications, for example; electrical loading, load charts, torque settings, tolerances. What they are and how to use them

K6: Techniques for measuring, marking, cutting and drilling materials to the required size and shape, accurately, safely and economically and manufacturing processes

K7: Engineering mathematical and scientific principles; methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols, formulae and calculations

K8: Engineering data, for example; electrical readings, vibration, speed and calibration. What they are and how to interpret and use

K9: Component/assembly documentation. For example, bill of materials, standard operating procedures, inspection records, assembly instructions, electrical/pneumatic/hydraulic circuit diagrams. What they are and how to interpret and use

K10: Quality standards for components/assembly for example, drawing, calibration of equipment, materials specification. How to ensure they have been met and assured. Application of ISO9001 (Quality Management Standard) in the workplace

K11: Health and safety, including Health & Safety at Work Act, personal protective equipment (PPE), manual handling, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), Noise at Work Regulations, Electricity at Work regulations, risk assessments; how they must be applied in the workplace

K12: Environmental considerations; safe disposal of waste, minimizing waste (re-use and re-cycle), energy efficiency.

K13: Who they need to communicate with and when, and communication techniques - verbal and written

K14: Planning techniques – resources, tools, equipment, people; time management

K15: Component/assembly quality checks for example; checking tolerances, threads, voltages. Types of faults that occur and problem solving techniques, for example; cause and effect, 5 Whys, flow process analysis etc

K16: Improvement techniques, for example; 5s techniques, problem solving techniques, value stream mapping, kaizen, contributing to effective team working, Total Productive Maintenance

K17: Fitters’ role in wider operation. Limits of autonomy; reporting channels. Other functions that fitters could interact with for example health & safety, quality assurance, business improvement/excellence, their purpose and interdependencies. Internal and external customers

K18: Commercial considerations including contractual arrangements (for example penalty clauses, targets). How the role contributes to commercial operations

Skills

S1: Reading, interpreting and understanding the component/assembly specification, diagrams, drawings and work instructions

S2: Planning component/assembly task – materials, tools and equipment

S3: Preparing work area for component/assembly task; sourcing required resources, tools/equipment

S4: Carryout relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity and know how to source required resources and interpret detailed drawings, specifications and job instructions

S5: Checking tools during and after task completion; identifying and reporting defects

S6: Measuring and testing, checking/inspecting component/assembly for example; use of micrometers, verniers, multimeters, volt meter

S7: Problem solving; analysing the issue and fixing the issue where appropriate

S8: Applying improvement techniques; recommending/implementing solutions where appropriate

S9: Communicating with colleagues and/or customers (internal or external)

S10: Completing component/assembly documentation for example job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation

S11: Reporting work outcomes and/or issues

S12: Restoring the work area on completion of the activity; returning any resources and consumables to the appropriate location and house-keeping.

S13: Disposing of waste in accordance with waste streams; re-cycling/re-using where appropriate

S14: Operating within limits of responsibility

S15: Operating in line with quality, health & safety and environmental policy and procedures; identifying risks and hazards and identifying control measure where applicable

Behaviours

B1: Takes personal responsibility and resilient. For example health and safety first attitude, disciplined and responsible approach to risk, works diligently regardless of how much they are being supervised, accepts responsibility for managing their own time and workload and stays motivated and committed when facing challenges

B2: Works effectively in teams. For example integrates with the team, supports other people, considers implications of their own actions on other people and the business whilst working effectively to get the task completed

B3: Effective communicator and personable. For example open and honest communicator; communicates clearly using appropriate methods, listens well to others and have a positive, respectful attitude, adjusts approach to take account of equality and diversity considerations

B4: Focuses on quality and problem solving. For example follows instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follows a logical approach to problem solving and seeks opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency

B5: Committed to continuous personal development. For example reflects on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapts to different situations, environments or technologies and has a positive attitude to feedback and advice