Duration: 42 – 48 months
GCSE Grade C/4 or above (or able to achieve these grades) in Maths and English
Or progression from Level 1 Study Programme or Level 2 Apprenticeship in Engineering
- Toolmakers and Tool & Die Maintenance Technicians are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies.
- This requires the application of a broad range of activities including the interpretation of Engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer controlled machine tools and measuring equipment.
- Technicians will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying ways to improve the business. They will be expected to test and adjust the systems they have built or maintained ensuring tooling, jigs, fixtures and assemblies meet the required specification.
Specific Specialist Knowledge:
- understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a Toolmaking environment
- understand the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used for the manufacture and repair of tooling, Moulds, Dies and jigs and fixtures
- understand the safe operation, correct selection and the application of a range of hand tools used for toolmaking and die maintenance, including grinders, drills, stones etc.
- understand the safe operation and operating principles of a range of complex and often state of the art workshop machinery (such as CNC lathes, milling, grinding and erosion machining centres, drilling and welding equipment)
- understand how to set up and operate the machinery/equipment efficiently and effectively
- understand the principles of how the relevant tools, dies, jigs and fixtures being manufactured/maintained function, the operating sequences, the purpose of individual components/systems and how they interact
- Understand the application of pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical and electronic systems as applied to various moulding, injection, pressing and similar associated
Specific Specialist Skills:
- read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce and/or maintain tool and die components, assemblies and systems
- apply methods and techniques to produce, assemble, disassemble repair and/or maintain tools, dies, jigs and fixtures as applicable to the employer requirements
- manufacture components (such as tooling, dies, jigs and fixtures)
- undertake testing to confirm correct operation, and of the effectiveness of repairs and maintenance activities carried out.
- undertake equipment/asset care and/or Preventative Planned Maintenance processes and procedures
- Carry out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities covering the following technologies as applicable to the tool, die, jig and fixture environment:
- Maintaining mechanical equipment
- Maintaining fluid & pneumatic power equipment
- Maintaining electrical & electronic equipment
- Maintaining process control equipment
- contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures
Apprentices will be required to attend KITS full-time for an initial period of 4-6 months to complete the Level 2 Foundation Competence element.
In addition, Apprentices will attend 1 day per week for 2 academic years to undertake the Development Knowledge element. Employers can select a Foundation Knowledge qualification from those delivered as an added value element to the Standard.
Those Apprentices who have not achieve Level 2 Maths and/or English, will also need to attend classes until this level is attained.
There is a minimum requirement of 20% off-the-job training throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship and this is achieved through attendance at the above, practical training, shadowing/mentoring and learning support/time spent during working hours completing assessments/assignments.
- Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics.
2. Work effectively in teams.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Focus on quality and problem solving.
- Continuous personal development
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Toolmaker, Tool and Die Maintenance
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
- Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking End Point Assessment
End Point Assessment:
Upon successful completion of the above Qualifications/Core Skills, Apprentices will prepare for the End Point Assessment Process which covers the following:
- Portfolio of evidence including a minimum of 3 examples of competent performance evidence (4 or 5 examples recommended)
- An Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
- Professional competence (IMechE) assessment
- Employer Endorsement
For further information, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeship website: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/engineering-technician/
Level 4 Apprenticeship
HNC / HND in Engineering Qualifications