This apprenticeship standard is in the process of being revised. In the meantime, the version below remains approved for delivery. Further details of this and other occupational standards in revision are available in the revisions status report.

Overview of the role

Support digital engineers and specialists in completing complex tasks using digital engineering techniques.

Digital engineering technician

Reference Number: ST0266

Details of standard

1. Occupation

The occupation covered by this standard is associated with the built environment where an apprentice will perform the role of Digital Engineering Technician.

2. Occupational profile

The role is to produce detailed solutions to achieve the optimum performance of built environment projects via digital models and presentations using software, sketches and electronic visualisations. The apprentices will typically support Digital Engineers or other functional specialists in completing complex tasks using digital engineering techniques,  specifically:

  • virtualisation and simulation of design, construction and management of assets
  • digital measurement of design, production and management of assets
  • communication of complex engineering principles to stakeholders digitally
  • integration of construction data and information throughout the whole life cycle of the asset
  • adherence to the standards and regulation of digital information

3. Duration

Typically 36 months

4. Entry  requirements

The typical entry requirements for this Apprenticeship will be five GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths and English; or a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Employers have their own specific entry requirements.

5. Qualifications

The following qualifications will be gained:

  • English and Maths will be required to be demonstrated at Level 2;
  • BTEC Level 3  Construction and the Built Environment or Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design.’

6. Progression and Professional Registration/Membership

Progression from the Level 3 Apprenticeship could lead to Construction Design Manager, Construction Quantity Surveyor, Construction  Site Manager, and Civil Engineering Site Manager. This standard has been designed to deliver sufficient competence, underpinning knowledge and understanding in the identified job role to allow apprentices to meet the requirements of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) or other industry affiliated schemes.

7. Link to professional registration

This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours  required to achieve

Technician/Associate status through the following professional institutions. The professional review process is included in the assessment process for this Apprenticeship. The options are:

  • Associate Construction Manager (ACIOB) - The Chartered Institute of Building
  • Civil Engineering Technician (EngTech TMICE)- The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Building Services Engineering Technician (EngTech LCIBSE) - The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
  • Associate Technician (AIET) – The Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Affiliate status- Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

8. Level & Review date

This apprenticeship standard is at Level 3 and the apprenticeship standard should be reviewed two years after approval of the standard.

9. Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours


What is required

Health and Safety

  • Aware of Health and Safety (H&S) industry regulations and moral, legal and financial implications of poor H&S performance. Know how to identify basic H&S outputs digitally.


  • Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social, legal and environmental aspects


  • Know how engineering principles, codes and standards work in the built environment and the purpose of them. Understand various management principles and the project management lifecycle – specifications, methods and materials

Commercial & Financial

  • Aware of principles of the commercial procedures and reporting on all stages of construction project and an appreciation of commercial risk. Aware of financial and legal obligations and constraints for all stakeholders in construction projects.
  • Understanding of quantification and costing within a digital environment.


  • Understand how proposals for design briefs, recommendations, programmes and detailed designs are prepared. Aware of the purpose of the digital environment and its role in design management.
  • Understanding of different disciplines and their role in coordination of design

Technology & Innovation

  • Aware of the appropriate application of technology and the human to technology interfaces. Understanding the impact of sensory networks and the internet of things.


  • Understand the importance of project planning and resourcing and be able to analyse different digital engineering (DE) techniques, such as simulation of construction logistics and progress.


  • Understand how to identify the level of quality required delivering a built asset throughout the lifecycle.

Construction Industry and Sectors

  • Aware of the structure of the construction industry and its respective sectors. Understanding of the institutions and how the construction industry serves the economy as a whole.

Customer Care

  • Awareness of DE objectives set by Clients and Employers.

Maintain and operate

  • Aware of the information interdependencies of delivering information throughout a product / asset lifecycle. Understanding the purpose of information standards and regulation.

Knowledge Sharing

  • Awareness of social networking and appropriate sources of information / knowledge sharing. Understanding basic research techniques to ensure integrity of knowledge discovery.


What is required

Health and Safety

  • Able to identify risk activities and encourage all employees to demonstrate safety-conscious behaviours. Able to extract reports and images for tool-box talks and site- inductions using models and simulations.


  • Assess, identify and record the environmental impact of project. Using models to demonstrate the reduction of waste to stakeholders.


  • Assist in applying engineering principles by using established and emerging engineering technologies.

Commercial & Financial

  • Prepare simple commercial schedules and reports demonstrating digital workflows.


  • Prepare initial design briefs, recommendations, programmes and detailed designs via a digital workflow considering design risks and responsibilities

Technology & Innovation

  • Assist in the implementation of innovation, contributing to case studies that demonstrate value. Good general IT skills and their application


  • Create simple construction simulations and logistic planning using a digital workflow.


  • Assess and report on quality standards of the projects via the digital environment.

Construction Industry and Sectors

  • To identify where the current role ties in to the construction industry. Articulating the respective position in the construction sector and highlighting how it integrates with other sectors / disciplines

Customer Care

  • Support the development of stakeholder engagement and carry out a stakeholder presentation, demonstrating the appropriate presentation skills.

Maintain and operate

  • Demonstrate the ability to move information from project delivery into commissioning and operation through involvement in the handover of digital assets.


What is required

Professional Judgement

  • Be able to work within own level of competence and know when to seek advice from others and work on own initiative

Commitment to code of ethics

  • Work within rules and regulations of professional competence and conduct. Gain the trust of both team members and the management team.

Personal and Continuing Professional Development

  • Identify own development needs and acts to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested. Understands role in the team, constantly seek opportunities to improve own work and maximize efficiency.

Commitment to Equality and Diversity

  • Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work.

Effective Communication

  • Contribute to effective meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written.
  • Adaptable with the confidence to facilitate meetings with stakeholders.

Work in Teams

  • Work with others and demonstrating collaborative  behaviours.

Innovation and commitment

  • Focus on areas for process improvement and learn from innovative solutions. Challenge current practice and be open minded about how to improve and implement a new way of working


  • Understand the existence of team dynamics and application of personal strengths and weaknesses in group situations. Awareness of collaborative frameworks and contract / organisational level of collaboration.

Personal Effectiveness

  • Understand personal strengths and weaknesses and show development of personal effectiveness.


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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0266
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 05/07/2022
Approved for delivery: 18 September 2017
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway : 36 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £21000
LARS Code: 195
EQA Provider: Ofqual

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Laing O’Rourke, Crown House Technologies, Expanded, Carillion, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttall, Skanska, Costain, Seddon, Lovell Homes, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineer, Chartered Institute of Building, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Imtech, Chartered institute of architectural technologists, BRE

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