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Lead Engineering Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship – Level 4

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About the course

The broad purpose of a lead engineering maintenance technician Apprentice is to offer engineering support, technical leadership and expertise.  Examples can include support for installation, refit, overhaul, alteration, upgrading, design and maintenance. They can also provide support for testing of significant assets, systems or machinery. They assist in the delivery of complex and critical asset management programmes. These asset management programmes are often to unique specifications involving complex maintenance and planning. They analyse technical information, plan schedules, co-ordinate, lead and deliver work on time.

They ensure work is completed to the required quality, following product and personnel safety processes. They provide customer liaison, leadership, support and expertise to maintenance teams on technical issues. They deal with problems that occur using a structured and controlled approach. They carry out inspections on systems, equipment and components. They may lead on the commissioning back into operation after maintenance and overhaul. They can work in office environments while conducting research or maintenance design and scheduling activities. They can be in a workshop environment or outdoors conducting maintenance and commissioning activities. Depending on the organisation, they might be expected to work flexibly, including shift work.  They may also be ‘on-call’, to meet customer requirements.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with operators and maintenance teams.  They also interact with shift leaders, senior engineers, senior test engineers, design engineers, quality engineers. They may work with procedure writers, procurement managers and resource allocation colleagues. Externally they liaise with customers and suppliers at operational and senior levels. Depending on the industry, they may also interact with regulators.

Topics and units

  • Define and implement safety control measures appropriate to each maintenance activity informing the relevant people.
  • Collate, interpret and analyse all technical information.
  • Plan maintenance activities to guide the maintenance team.
  • Lead or undertake maintenance, modifications, repairs, upgrades, alterations and additions to systems, plant and equipment.
  • Provide technical and team leadership, where appropriate, to complete maintenance activities.
  •  Carry out inspection activities on equipment.
  • Inform teams of any significant maintenance and engineering technical issues as they occur.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders ensuring that engineering and maintenance operations meet agreed timescales.
  • Deal with problems that occur within the activity using a structured and controlled approach.
  • Generate documentation on completion of maintenance work to provide a complete record of the activity.
  • Review engineering and maintenance procedures identifying potential improvements to processes, materials, resources or planning.

Careers and progression

Most apprentices will remain employed at their current employer; maintenance engineer, mechanical engineer, higher education studies

Entry requirements

• A minimum of GCSEs at grades 4 – 9 (GCSE C or above)
• English and Maths
• Be able to work more than 30 hours per week
• To sit an assessment for English and maths
• An interview with the Apprenticeship Team

Additional information

It is expected that it will typically take three years for the apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be less if you already havesignificant training and practical experience.

Apprentices attend college for 6 hours per week (term time) in order to facilitate the skills and knowledge required to progress through structured gateways before final End Point Assessment.

Telford College works with the employer to create a specific development plan to meet the apprenticeship standards. You will also be assigned a workplace Mentor who will assist with training and pass judgement on your progress. Whilst working towards standards, you will be required to track and show evidence of your progress by using an electronic logbook together with an off the job record highlighting all the learning that has taken place (a min of 20% of the duration of the apprenticeship).

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Full time


36 months


Haybridge Road


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