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Engineering Operative Apprenticeship


Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

The Engineering Operative Apprenticeship is at Level 2 and is suitable for a wide range of roles, whether you are experienced or new to the industry.

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 work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.


Examples of the occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are:

  • Servicing and maintenance operative;
  • Machine setter/operative
  • Mechanical engineering operative
  • Fabricator
  • Engineering Fitter
  • Multi Disciplined engineering operative
  • Materials, processing and finishing operative
  • Technical Support Operative
  • Founding/Casting Operative


The Engineering Operative will have a wide range of knowledge such as fault finding and operating of various machinery in a manufacturing or other industry.


SemesterLD has a vast experience of dealing with major manufacturers in upskilling their workforce through our NVQ and HNC programmes in Engineering. Some of these companies can be found on our About page.

Core Occupational Profile of the Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

The Engineering Operative covers a wide range of common and job specific the course of their careers. Dependent on the sector 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. Furthermore, they work individually or as part of a team to carry out a range of engineering operations. For example, this could include ensuring machines and equipment used are maintained and serviceable, dealing with breakdowns, restoring components and systems to serviceable condition by repair and replacement; operating a variety of machines (CNC or Conventional); assembling and repairing machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other tools; fabrication/installation of a wide variety of other sheet fabrications and equipment and; fabrication and assembly of metal parts joining techniques; preparing materials and equipment for engineering processes, providing technical support including communications software, test tools, performance, capacity planning, and ecommerce technology as required.

Engineering Operatives must comply with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements including :

  • Firstly, any environmental compliance procedures and systems;
  • Identify hazards and hazardous situations;
  • Prepare the work area and equipment;
  • Obtain and follow the appropriate job documentation and work instructions;
  • Extract the necessary data and information from specifications and related documentation;
  • Carry out the engineering activities in line with their job role;
  • Carry quality checks as required;
  • Lastly, working with minimum supervision either individually or as part of a team and will be responsible for their own actions and for the quality and accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake.

Qualifications Included

Meet the Team


Assignments, Exam/Test, Portfolio of Evidence




12 Months