Level 3 Engineering Fitter

What's Involved

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. 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.

Course Assessment Method

The course involves attendance at College for one day a week, completing both exam based and assignment based assessment.

All apprentices will be required to achieve as a minimum:

- Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification

- Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification

You will be required to complete an End Point Assessment to prove competency on your Apprenticeship Standard.

Mandatory qualification which must be complete before EPA Gateway:

- Completion of Level 3 mandatory qualifications outlined above.

- L2 Function Skill in English and / or L2 Maths if not already complete (a grade 4 or grade C in English and / or Maths is sufficient)

An employer-led portfolio of evidence to demonstrate workplace development and competence

- Minimum evidence of 20% off the job training to be presented by student (and supported by employer)

The EPA consists of 3 assessment methods:

Project: report including evidence and questioning

• multiple choice test

• professional discussion with a portfolio of evidence

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE grade 4 or higher (inc. English and Maths) or vocational equivalents. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics and English.

A suitable qualification in ICT is desirable but not essential .We request a school or college report and / or an employer reference.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What's Next

Suitable roles for this apprenticeship include Controls and systems fitter Electrical fitter Electronic fitter Instrumentation fitter Mechanical fitter Pipe fitter.

You can also progress onto a higher Apprenticeship or a L4 HNC in Engineering here at Darlington College.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 3
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: August 2021

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