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Food and Drink is one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. Food and Drink Engineers maintain, manage and develop a diverse range of specialist equipment and technology used in the manufacture of food and drink products. Combining engineering competence with an understanding of the principles of food safety, science and technology, their focus is on managing, maintaining and continuously improving existing assets. They operate within the confines and unique challenges of the sector. These include the variability of the product itself, the legal and regulatory framework, environment factors and customer and consumer expectations and standards.
They fulfil a variety of functions within food businesses, dealing with mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, process development and project engineering.
Typical duties include:
They usually work as part of a team including other engineers and will interact with other functions and teams within their own company, such as Manufacturing, Production Planning, Health and Safety and Quality. They are responsible for their own work and may be responsible for teams.
Food and Drink Engineers have core knowledge, skills and behaviours and knowledge and skills relating to one specialism, either mechanical or electrical.
Typical job titles include Food and Drink Mechanical Engineer, Food and Drink Electrical Engineer, Continuous Improvement Food and Drink Engineer and Food and Drink Reliability Engineer.
Food and Drink Engineers have the following knowledge and understanding:
Food and Drink Engineers will demonstrate the following skills, and can:
Food and Drink Engineers demonstrate the following behaviours:
In addition to the core knowledge, skills and behaviours, Food and Drink Engineers will demonstrate specialist additional knowledge and skills from either the mechanical or electrical options. All apprentices must complete the core plus one of the options.
Knowledge and understanding of:
Knowledge and understanding of:
|Duration||Typically 3 Years|
|Typical Entry Requirements||Individual employers will set their own entry requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications and vocational experience. Typically candidates will have 2 A-levels at Grade B or equivalent, including A-level in maths or equivalent and at least one further STEM based subject and 5 GCSEs including English and maths (grade C or above). The Apprenticeship as a Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer provides a preparation route for this Apprenticeship.|
|English and Maths||Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.|
|Qualification||Foundation Degree in Food Engineering|
|Renewal||This standard will be reviewed after 2 years|
|Professional Recognition||Completion of the apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by the relevant professional institutions as contributing towards the appropriate level of professional registration (Incorporated Engineer). However, it is recognised that additional experiential evidence may be required.|
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