Typical job roles

Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a workforce with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.

The role covers a wide range of common and job-specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers. Dependent on the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of composition and application of the job role-specific skills and knowledge they will require, however, the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area they work in.

Engineering Operatives will have clear reporting lines with anything outside their role and responsibility. They will work individually or as part of a team.

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Typical Tasks

This role can cover a variety of tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Ensure machines and equipment used are maintained and serviceable
  • Operating machinery
  • Inspecting parts
  • Assembling products
  • Treatment of products

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 3 (A* to D) including English and Mathematics for a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Typical duration

18 months

Career/progression opportunities

Completion of this Engineering Operative (Level 2) apprenticeship can lead to progression opportunities into the following careers:

  • Engineering Technician

Dependent on employer requirements, progression onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship

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