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Level: 2 Duration: 18 months

Occupational Profile:

Rail Engineering Operatives provide support to Rail Technicians and Engineers. The engineering disciplines cover the following areas of “The Railway” (infrastructure and trains); track (including minor works), electrification, overhead line, signalling, telecommunications and traction & rolling stock. Apprentices will undertake the core learning and also specialise in one particular discipline. Those working within the occupation of Rail Engineering are responsible for the safe construction, installation, maintenance and renewal of The Railway to provide a safe and reliable Railway for customers. The Rail Industry has a high level of safety critical work activities requiring a disciplined and responsible approach.

Entry criteria: Applicants will be assessed and interviewed to demonstrate that they have the ability to cover the range required by the apprenticeship standard, at work. In addition, the apprentices are expected to have GCSE in Maths and English or ICT at A*- E or equivalent.

Delivery Model: This apprenticeship standard can be delivered in a number of ways:
 At the college campus (Enfield Campus)
 There are two intakes for the course (September and March)

Progression: Completing this apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills will enable progression into roles such as a railway engineering team leader/supervisor, gang team leader.

Additional information: As well as ensuring full competency as a railway engineering operative, this standard provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the rail sector. There are no entry requirements to the apprenticeship but employers may run their own selection process. Apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Knowledge:

You will know and understand

Safe and Professional working practice
 Including legislation, regulation, industry procedures and safety requirements

The general engineering techniques
 Required to support the maintenance, renewal and construction of The Railway

How to work effectively and contribute to engineering solutions
 Including awareness of the importance of 3rd party requirement and the need to understand and adhere to corporate policies on ethics, equality and diversity

Awareness of commercial principles
 Applicable to The Railway, and the implications of these

Core Skills.
 Within a Rail context all Rail Engineering Operatives need to be able to:

Keep themselves and others safe by adhering to safe working practices
 Understand and comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, including safe access to work locations

Prepare for a high standard of technical work
 Gathering and interpreting information including drawings, plans and schedules needed for rail engineering activities and prepare the work location

Deliver a high standard of technical work
 Undertake engineering activities in relation to maintenance, construction / installation and or renewal of assets. Take responsibility for their own work on completing relevant integrity and compliance checks. Reinstate the work area after engineering activity

Identify and report problems
 Identify, recognise and escalate appropriately common problems

Use resources
 Including the correct utilisation and storage of tools, materials and equipment, and the lifting and moving of materials, components and equipment

Communicate effectively
 Use oral, written, electronic and IT based methods and systems for the accurate communication and reporting & recording of technical and other information, using correct terms, standards, templates and certifications.

Skills:

In addition, for the discipline they are following, Operatives will have the following specific knowledge and skills regarding different techniques and methods used to construct, install, maintain and renew The Railway.

Track
 Understand the relevant tolerances for track installation, specific methods and techniques for track inspection, maintenance and replacement, what constitutes a track defect or variation, track work instructions, hot weather restrictions and extreme weather plans. Able to restore track geometry faults by manual repair of assets as part of a team. Under direction, restore plain line track geometry, rail switches and crossings, and where appropriate conductor rail systems, to operational condition and maintain the track and its environment including vegetation and drainage

Electrification
 Understand electrical and electronic principals. Under direction: assist in maintenance and installation of railway electrification equipment and components; assist in isolation and earthing of electrical systems at different voltages and frequencies, working on live battery & inverter systems and maintaining substation plant

Overhead Lines
 Understand mechanical principles and construction design. Follow instructions to assemble overhead line components in line with detailed specification, using lifting and access equipment while working at heights

Signalling
 Understand function and characteristics of railway signalling systems, including electrical, electronic and mechanical principles. Under direction: install & wire signalling or control systems; install position and label equipment & components & cables correctly; undertake installation integrity checks; assist in testing of components & equipment in accordance with test specifications & plans; maintain and rectify signal control systems equipment

Telecoms
 Understand principles of electronic devices, circuits, data and communications equipment. Under direction undertake the activities of installation, planned preventative maintenance and maintenance testing activities on operational railway telecoms systems and establish compliance with drawings and specifications. Understand the types of operational constraints when carrying out telecoms installation and maintenance activities

Traction and Rolling Stock (T&RS)
 Understand vehicle design, construction, maintenance and operation. Under direction, carry out preventative and scheduled maintenance activities and follow vehicle maintenance instructions on T&RS mechanical, electrical, fluid power and electronic communication equipment including ensuring vehicle trim, ancillary equipment and fittings are secured and in good order, check subsystems are operating correctly. Assist with the installation of T&RS equipment.

Behaviours:

All Rail Engineering Technicians are expected to demonstrate the following behaviours

Act professionally
 Demonstrating dependability, determination, honesty and integrity. Respect others, act ethically and contribute to sustainable development

Be risk aware
 So as to help reduce risks by checking of information, concentration on the task, and awareness of changing circumstances on activity

Display a self-disciplined, self-motivated, proactive approach to work
 Able to make independent decisions whilst knowing one’s limitations and when to ask for help or to escalate

Work reliably and safely
 Occasionally without close supervision, to approved industry standards and safe working practices.

Work effectively and efficiently, individually and as part of a team
 Maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, clients, suppliers and the public

Receptive to feedback
 Willing to learn new skills and adjust to change. Carrying out and record CPD necessary to maintain and enhance competence

Prepared to make a personal commitment
 To their employer, the industry and its professional standards

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intermediate engineering

Level 2 is ideal if you have some knowledge and basic skills in production or maintenance engineering - probably from a role where you work under supervision. Or if you would like to increase your skills and perhaps progress on to more advanced qualifications.

Location

One day a week at our Tottenham Centre or Enfield Centre and the rest of the time working closely with an employer.

Average Duration: The apprenticeship runs for 12 months

Course Information

The Intermediate Performing Engineering Operations Apprenticeship is made up of a framework which includes:

  • Performing Engineering Operations NVQ Diploma Level 2
  • Engineering Certificate Level 2
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 1
  • English Functional Skills Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

Progression

Students may progress on to full time employment or Advanced Apprenticeships in Engineering in various fields such as mechanical, electronics, maintenance etc.

Assessment

The apprentice is expected to attend college to attain knowledge training and complete exams and complete workshop tasks. In addition to that they will also be trained by the employer and expected to complete an online e-portfolio.

Entry qualifications

Applicants will be assessed and interviewed to demonstrate that they are able to cover the range required by the relevant NVQ at work. In addition, the apprentices are expected to carry out initial assessments in English and Maths where they would be expected to ideally achieve Level 1 in both subject areas. If an apprentice has GCSE grade C and above in English and Maths then they do not have to do functional skills as a part of the apprenticeship.

How to apply

You can apply through the college application. Once you have applied to the college, you will be invited for an interview at the college and also with the potential employer.

Unit Title

Mandatory Competency Units include:

  • Working safely in an engineering environment
  • Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively
  • Using and communicating technical information

Optional Competency Units include:

  • Producing mechanical engineering drawings using a CAD system
  • Producing mechanical assemblies
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Preparing and using grinding machines
  • Preparing and using CNC turning machines
  • Producing electrical or electronic engineering drawings using a CAD system
  • Maintaining electrical equipment/systems
  • Assembling pattern, model and engineering woodwork components
  • Producing cast components by manual means

Mandatory Knowledge Units include:

  • Working in engineering
  • Principles of engineering technology
  • Principles of manufacturing technology

Optional pathways that the apprentices could follow include:

  • Manufacturing technology
  • Maintenance technology
  • Fabrication and Wielding technology
  • Electrical and Electronics Technology

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Level: 3 Duration: 42 to 48 months

Occupational Profile:

Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must, as a minimum be able to:
n Apply safe systems of working
 Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
 Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
 Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
 Have a commitment to continued professional development

Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long-term career development.

Engineered and manufactured products and systems that Engineering Technicians work on could involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems.

Aerospace and Aviation
 Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter
 Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical/Mechanical and Systems Fitter
 Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/ Technician (Fixed and Rotary Wing)
 Airworthiness, Planning, Quality and Safety Technical
 Maritime Electrical Fitter
 Maritime Mechanical Fitter
 Maritime Fabricator
 Maritime Pipeworker

Sector Wide
 Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
 Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
 Product Design and Development Technician
 Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician
 Technical Support Technician

Entry criteria: Applicants will be assessed and interviewed to demonstrate that they have the ability to cover the range required by the apprenticeship standard, at work. In addition, the apprentices are expected to have GCSE in four subjects including, Maths, English and a Science at A*- C or equivalent.

Delivery Model: This apprenticeship standard can be delivered in a number of ways:
 At the college campus (Enfield Campus)
 There are two intakes for the course (September and March).

Progression: Completing this apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills will enable progression into roles such as a higher apprenticeship in engineering such as HNC/HND or Degree apprenticeships in engineering.

Additional information: As well as ensuring full competency as an engineering technician, this standard provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths within various engineering pathways. There are no entry requirements to the apprenticeship but employers may run their own selection process. Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Knowledge:

You will know and understand:
 Understanding the importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
 Understanding of general engineering/manufacturing mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations used by engineering technicians
 Understanding the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used in the sector
 Understanding the typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment
 Understanding approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering/manufacturing problems
 Understanding the importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications for the organisation if this is not adhered to
 Understanding and interpreting relevant engineering/manufacturing data and documentation in order to complete their job role
 Understanding the different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact.
 Understanding why it is important for an organisation to continually review their processes and procedures

Skills:

You will be able to:
 Obtaining, checking and using the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
 Working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
 Planning and where applicable obtaining all the resources required to undertake the work activity
 Undertaking the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
 Carrying out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
 Dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
 Completing any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
 Restoring the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location

Behaviours:

What is required
 Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics. Comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently at all times, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges. Comply with any organisational policies/codes of conduct in relation to ethical compliance
 Work effectively in teams. Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their actions on other people and the business
 Effective communication and interpersonal skills. open and honest communicator, communicating clearly using appropriate methods, listening to others and have a positive and respectful attitude
 Focus on quality and problem solving. Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency
 Continuous personal development. Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice

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