Food and drink maintenance engineer
Maintaining machinery and equipment in the food and drinks industry, finding and resolving faults, to optimise production levels.
3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)
- Typical length
- 36 months
- Current funding band
Up to £27,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
- Entry requirements
Set by employer.
Candidates will usually have 4 GCSEs at grade C (or equivalent), including maths, English and a science.
- What apprentices will learn
- food processing and manufacturing methods
- routine mechanical maintenance and producing replacement parts, using manual and machine processes
- welding stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment
- regulatory requirements
- materials science, including the key features of raw materials and how they are used in food production
- principles of electrical systems
- utilities, including energy management and pollution control
- for apprentices specialising as multi-skilled maintenance engineers: instrumentation and process control systems, electrical maintenance and maintenance of programmable control systems
Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).
- Professional registration
Successful apprentices will satisfy the requirements for professional registration as an engineering technician (Eng Tech) as defined by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).