Engineering Operative (Electrical & Electronic) Apprenticeship Level 2 - City of Wolverhampton College

Engineering Operative (Electrical & Electronic) Apprenticeship Level 2 Study Mode: Apprenticeships    |    Course Level: 2

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.

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 to carry out a range of engineering operations which 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 e-commerce technology as required.

Engineering operatives must comply with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements including 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.

They must carry out engineering activities in line with their job roleand carry quality checks as required, and will work with minimum supervision either individually or as part of a team and be responsible for their own actions and for the quality and accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake.Examples of the occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard areservicing and maintenance operative, machine Setter/operative, mechanical engineering operative, fabricator, engineering fitter, multi-disciplined engineering operative, materials, processing and finishing operative, technical support operative,and founding/casting operative.


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Apprentices will develop the core knowledge and skills required of an engineering operative, as well as the specialist requirements for their specific job role.


An engineering operative will understand: 

  • How to obtain the necessary job instructions, engineering drawings and specifications and how to interpret them 
  • Relevant statutory, quality, environmental compliance procedures/systems, organisational and health and safety regulations relating to engineering operations 
  • Their individual roles and responsibilities within the organisation and the flexibility required to support the achievement of company targets 
  • Engineering operational practices, processes and procedures 
  • Potential problems that can occur within the engineering operations and how they can be avoided 

In addition, an engineering operative will have specialist electrical and electronic knowledge: 

  • Cable types and where they should be used 
  • Electrical and electronic assembly and testing techniques 
  • Specific safe working practices, isolation procedures and safe reinstating of equipment/system that need to be observed 


An engineering operative will develop skills to enable them to: 

  • Work safely at all times, complying with health and safety legislation, regulations, environmental compliance procedures and systems and other relevant guidelines 
  • Identify and deal appropriately with any risks, hazards, hazardous situations and problems that may occur within the engineering environment within the limits of their responsibility 
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills which include oral, written, electronic 
  • Complete appropriate documentation accurately, efficiently and legibly using the correct terminology where required 
  • Obtain and follow the correct documentation, specifications and work instructions in accordance with time constraints and the roles and responsibilities identified for the engineering activities, extracting the necessary data/information from specification and related documentation 
  • Select and use appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out the engineering operation 
  • Deal appropriately with any problems that may occur within the manufacturing environment within the limits of their responsibility 
  • Work efficiently and effectively at all times maintaining workplace organisation and minimising waste 

In addition, an engineering operative will develop specialist electrical and electronic skills to enable them to: 

  • Wire and terminate different types of cabling e.g. single core, multi core, screened, fire resistant, armoured, etc. 
  • Assemble and test a range of electrical components e.g. component panels, isolator switches, fuses, circuit breakers, contactors, relays, rail mounted terminal blocks, etc. 
  • Assemble and test a range of electronic components e.g. resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, etc. 
  • Follow appropriate completion activities and restore equipment/system to service after the assembly and testing has been completed 


An engineering operative will demonstrate the following required behaviours:

Personal responsibility and resilience: Comply with the health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently regardless of how much they are being supervised, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges.

•Work effectively in teams: Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their own actions on other people and the business whilst working effectively to get the task completed.

•Effective communication and interpersonal skills:An open and honest communicator, communicates clearly using appropriate methods, listen well to others and have a positive and respectful attitude.

Focus on quality and problem solving: Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrate 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 seek opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice.

Throughout the programme the apprentice will receive expert training from highly qualified staff. A qualified assessor will provide an induction and regular workplace assessments

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Engineering Operative (Electrical & Electronic) Apprenticeship Level 2
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