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Reference Number: ST0613

Details of standard

This apprenticeship standard is currently in development and its contents are subject to change

Acoustics deals with all types of waves in a variety of different situations.  The waves may include sound and vibration in air and water, as well as very low (infra) and very high (ultra) sound waves. A knowledge of how these waves behave in different media has enabled technologies to develop in fields as diverse as architectural, musical and medical engineering. Acoustics is considered in many construction and major engineering projects, such as Crossrail, HS2, and The Sage Concert Hall Gateshead, amongst many others.

Typically, companies that are involved in acoustics include specialist consulting firms for the built environment; planning consultants; construction companies; health and safety practitioners; entertainment and performing arts venues; product manufacturers; engineering, and national and local government.  Due to the specialist nature of the subject, an Acoustics Engineering Technician would commonly be part of a wider project team, focusing on the acoustic aspects of a project alongside fellow specialists such as Acoustics Consultants and Engineers. 

An Acoustics Engineering Technician will undertake tasks in support of practitioners in acoustics, including consultants, laboratories, local authorities, transport authorities and other engineering disciplines in a variety of professional areas.  Specific job roles that would be relevant to an Acoustics Engineering Technician would include:

  • Architectural and Environmental Acoustics Technician
  • Acoustics Laboratory Technician
  • Acoustics Calibration Engineering Technician
  • Supporting Environmental Health Practitioner for noise
  • Acoustics Product Design Technician

An Acoustics Engineering Technician understands the science of sound and vibration propagation and applies this to work areas relevant to their employer’s working practices. They often apply the same fundamental principles to solving acoustic problems in different contexts e.g. architectural and environmental acoustics would be applicable as part of a planning application.

Typical duties would include noise/vibration surveying and testing; data acquisition, processing and analysis; calculation; specialist acoustics modelling; reporting; maintenance and calibration of equipment and client liaison.

 
Knowledge: An Acoustics Engineering Technician has knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles and responsibilities, imposed law and other regulations in acoustics engineering environments.
  • Scientific principles that underpin acoustics including the transmission of sound through different materials and behaviour and control of sound.
  • Level 4 mathematics for undertaking hand and spreadsheet based acoustic calculations.
  • The range of equipment used to measure sound and vibration including calibration and maintenance techniques.
  • Sound and vibration measuring and recording techniques in laboratory, internal and external environments.
  • Sustainable practices in the design and manufacture of acoustic products.
  • Technical drawing using Computer Aided Design software packages.
  • Acoustic modelling software and methods and their use in the sector.
  • Technical report writing techniques for both internal and external audiences.
  • The standards and guidance applicable to acoustics practitioners (e.g. Approved Document E of the Building Regulations, Control of Pollution Act 1974, Building Bulletin 93: Acoustics Design of Schools).

Skills: An Acoustics Engineering Technician can:

  • Identify risk of activities and apply safe working practices both in laboratory and site environments.
  • Plan, measure, analyse and report acoustic data.
  • Operate acoustic modelling software appropriate to their organisation.
  • Operate Computer Aided Design software packages.
  • Calibrate, operate and maintain acoustic equipment to maintain the appropriate British Standards (e.g. BS EN 61672-2: 2014 Electroacoustics, Sound Level Meters).
  • Undertake acoustics calculations manually and using spreadsheets.
  • Apply standards and guidance in the context of acoustics including those related to the built environment, construction, and laboratory/on-site testing.
  • Listen critically and interpret sound correctly.
  • Communicate effectively, contributing to meetings and presenting information in a variety of ways including oral and written.
  • Produce succinct and understandable reports for the end user.
  • Think critically, analyse and clearly present the outputs of acoustic information.

Behaviours: An Acoustics Engineering Technician demonstrates:

  • Accuracy and diligence in practical work in both laboratory and site contexts.
  • Team working with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational way.
  • Attention to detail in results outputs against standards, guidance and client briefs.
  • Time management
  • Commitment to Equality and Diversity

Entry Requirements

Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved qualifications equivalent to a level 3 apprenticeship, preferably in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, engineering or design (collectively known as STEM).

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to an English qualification for those for whom this is their primary language.

Duration

The typical duration for this apprenticeship is 24 months.

Level :

4

Professional Recognition

It is our intention that successful apprentices will be eligible to register with the Engineering Council, at EngTech level. This will be confirmed before the apprenticeship goes live.

Review

3 years.


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Status: In development
Proposal approved Standard approved Assessment plan approved
Level: 4
Reference: ST0613
Route: Construction
Trailblazer contact(s): richard.grove@bdp.com
Employers involved in creating the standard: BDP, Vanguardia, AAPB, Adnitt, Bickerdine Allen, Accon UK, Sustainable Acoustics, Wardell-Armstrong, Apex Acoustics, Aecom, Sandy Brown, Arcadis, RBA Acoustics, Institute of Acoustics, ANC