Our end-point assessment services for the maintenance and operations engineering technician apprenticeship standard are now live
This apprenticeship standard covers 7 specialist roles electrical technicians, mechanical technicians, control and instrumentation technicians, wind turbine technician, electrical system and process control technicians, electromechanical technicians and plant operations technicians.
Currently OAL provides end-point assessment for 2 of the specialist roles; electrical and mechanical technicians. Please contact us if you have technicians completing one of the other specialist roles.
This apprenticeship has been designed by a range of employers to ensure that both new entrants and those interested in progressing a career in the sector have an opportunity to develop the right skills, knowledge and behaviours. This apprenticeship is a fantastic way of developing these skills whilst learning and gaining experience at work.
At the end of the programme apprentices will:
- locate, and rectify faults on plant and equipment
- inspect and maintain appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements
- assess and test the performance and condition of plant and equipment
- read, understand and interpret information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation
- communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification.
What are the requirements for EPA?
The Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician apprenticeship will typically take 36 – 42 months depending on the availability of assets and activities, with the end-point assessment taken in the last 6 months. Performance in the end-point assessment will determine the grade awarded: distinction, merit, pass or fail.
Employers must satisfy themselves that apprentices are ready for their end point assessment. Apprentices must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:
- Achieved a minimum level 2 English and maths
- Satisfactory completion of the formal training plan agreed with the apprentice by the employer
- Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.
End-point assessment grading
The apprenticeship will be graded distinction, merit, pass or fail. The final grade will be determined by collective performance in the three assessment tools in the end-point assessment. The weighting of the assessment methods is: 40% on the technical interview, 40% practical observation and 20% on the knowledge assessment. A points system relating to the mark achieved in each assessment tool, will determine if the apprentice has achieved a distinction, merit, pass or fail and is described below:
- Distinction – minimum of 24 Points (10.5 Points in Technical Interview + 10.5 points in practical observation + 3 Points Knowledge Assessment). An apprentice will only achieve a distinction if they have performed at distinction level in both the technical interview and practical observation
- Merit – minimum of 15.5 Points (7.0 Points the Technical Interview + 7 points in the practical observation + 1.5 Points Knowledge Assessment). An apprentice will only achieve a merit if they have performed at merit level in both the Technical Interview and practical observation
- Pass – minimum of 8.5 Points (i.e. a minimum of pass in all 3 elements).