Who is this programme aimed at?
This programme is aimed at those working or starting to work in engineering maintenance roles in food and
Engineering Technicians and Maintenance Engineers
IAAP Food Engineer (NB in development). There is a programme in development by the industry for a Degree Apprenticeship for Food Engineering.
What capability will the programme develop?
Apprentices will learn about both core multi-skilled engineering and food industry principles. Food industry
knowledge includes supply chain, sustainability, legislation and regulations, key principles of quality management systems, cleaning and hygiene and continuous improvement. Engineering knowledge includes best practice maintenance approaches and techniques in the food and drink industry, principles of electrical systems, the operation of mechanical equipment, faul vices and utilities. Those apprentices following a pure multi-skilled route will also understand the principles of electrical machines, testing equipment and circuits and understand the requirements of electrical installations (BS7671) 2015 as well as the operation of process controllers within an engineered system.
Multi-skilled Food Engineering Apprentices develop the skills to apply best practice techniques including condition monitoring and proactive maintenance. They will plan and prepare for the maintenance of
engineered systems in the food and drink industry and perform both electrical and mechanical first line routine
maintenance including removing, inspecting, fault finding, cleaning, repairing or replacing mechanical and electrical components. They can produce a range of replacement components using manual and machine processes and weld stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment. Engineers also learn to apply mathematics techniques to solve engineering problems and to maintain fluid power systems.
Additional skills are developed according to whether apprentices are studying a multi-skilled route or a mechanically multi-skilled route. Multi-skilled engineers can commission and perform maintenance of
instrumentation/process control systems and perform maintenance of programmable control systems.
Mechanically oriented apprentices will be able to monitor mechanical equipment, repair and produce a wider range of components and produce more complex welding joints using a wider range of processes.
Multi-skilled food and drink maintenance engineers learn to operate safely, take ownership and pride in their work and to work as part of a team, building good relationships with others and acting with integrity and respect. They are an integral part of improvement activity, fault finding and problem solving and are responsive to change and industry/customer demands, have strong communication skills and take responsibility for their own development and that of others. They operate as an ambassador for their shift, site, company and industry.
Why is this a great programme?
This is a unique programme integrating both core engineering with food to develop the kind of maintenance
engineer that has not been available previously. Engineers are truly multi-skilled with both electrical and mechanical knowledge and skills.
Skills issue faced
Major skills shortage in engineering forecast to increase due to increased automation and an ageing workforce
Apprentices are able to register as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) after passing their apprenticeship.