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Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance at Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association (STEGTA) Ltd.

Course description

As a technician, you’ll be responsible for making sure machinery and equipment runs smoothly. You could work in manufacturing, production or transport. You could do any job from fixing machinery on a food production line to testing aircraft parts in a hangar. However, your work will be either preventative or emergency maintenance.

Your duties will involve:

  • Organising routine servicing schedules.
  • Allocating work to a team of fitters.
  • Checking and calibrating instruments to make sure they are accurate.
  • Fitting new parts.
  • Carrying out quality inspections
  • Responding immediately to equipment breakdowns
  • Fixing faults on site or arranging for replacement machinery or equipment to be installed
  • Keeping production managers informed of progress.
  • Organising teams or individuals to make sure that 24-hour cover is available.

As a fitter, you’ll service and repair the equipment. You could work on mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or computerised systems.

Again, your job will involve either preventative or emergency maintenance. You’re likely to be:

  • Making scheduled checks on machinery and parts
  • Finding and fixing faults and recalibrating instruments.
  • Oiling and cleaning machinery and parts.
  • Overhauling and replacing parts according to schedule.
  • Responding immediately to machinery breakdowns.

In both jobs, you’ll work as part of a team of engineering technicians, fitter and shift supervisors.

Course content

The Apprenticeship Framework for this qualification includes:

  • Level 3 NVQ in Engineering Maintenance (comptenece based portfolio of evidence)
  • Day release at College to complete Level 3 BTEC
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT if required
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • ERR (Employer Rights and Responsibilities

Entry requirements

  • Normally 5 A-C GCSE grades including Maths, English, Science and ICT
  • Strong interest in engineering and science 
  • Computer literate
  • Willing to learn
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Enthusiastic


You will be required to undertake online Maths, English and ICT assessments to ensure you are working at a suitable level for this programme.

You will also undertake a short online multiple choice engineering aptitude assessments.

Financial information

The salary for each Apprenticeship position is determined by the employer.

The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage is £3.30 per hour, however some employers may choose to pay a higher salary.

Future opportunities

Job Roles could include:

  • Aerospace Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Maintenance Engineering Technician

Further information

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact the STEGTA Business Development Department on 0161 877 4078 or email

You can also follow us on social media:

Facebook: Stegta

Twitter: @stegtauk 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 December 2015
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Nicola McGivern
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01618774078
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