Key information

  1. Reference: ST0154
  2. Date updated: 05/09/2023
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Engineering and manufacturing
  5. Regulated occupation: No

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Occupation summary

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technicians covers 7 roles: Electrical Technicians; Mechanical Technicians; Control & Instrumentation Technicians; Wind Turbine Technicians Electrical System and Process Control Technicians; Electromechanical Technicians and Plant Operations Technicians. They will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following Industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader national infrastructure Engineering Sector: the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources; telecommunications power plants; oil and gas refining; nuclear waste reprocessing; processing and production of chemicals; pharmaceuticals; human and animal food; cosmetics; petrochemicals; sewerage and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas. Electrical/Mechanical/Control and Instrumentation/Wind Turbine Technicians will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry sectors and the Technicians can be expected to migrate through these sectors during the course of their careers. Dependent upon the sector that they are employed in there may be subtle differences in terms of the composition and application of the plant and equipment. However, the fundamental principles of operation will be the same regardless of the engineering sector. To support the business and operational requirements of modern integrated engineered production plant and services, Electrical Systems and Process Control Technicians and Electromechanical Technicians will need to apply a range of conventional skills and knowledge to undertake engineering activities on a selection of electromechanical and process control plant, systems and equipment. These Technicians will undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment, sometimes complex, as part of planned preventative and reactive maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when plant is being removed from service. Plant Operation Technicians will undertake the safe and efficient operation of complex integrated energy conversion and production plant and systems. These activities could include plant commissioning, isolation and testing, plant preparation, plant start-up and shut down, monitoring and controlling plant and dealing with critical operational problems. They will be responsible for the quality of their own work, possibly others’ and ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time and budget requirements, whilst maintaining the efficient running of plant and equipment.

Typical job titles include:

Maintenance technician Maintenance engineer Engineering technician

KSBs

Knowledge

K1: First principles relating to the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K2: Relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations, and environmental and regulatory requirements. Back to Duty

K3: Maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K4: The relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation. Back to Duty

K5: Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in electrical plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K6: Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in mechanical plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K7: Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K8: Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in wind turbine plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K9: Diagnose and determine the cause of faults within integrated plant and equipment. Back to Duty

K10: Diagnose and determine the cause of faults within integrated electromechanical power and control systems. Back to Duty

K11: Complex thermal, chemical, mechanical and electrical energy conversion processes. Back to Duty

K12: The principles, design and operation of plant, systems and equipment used for energy conversion and production. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Comply with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations. Back to Duty

S2: Locate, and rectify faults on plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S3: Communicate with and provide information to stakeholders in line with personal role and responsibilities. Back to Duty

S4: Read, understand and interpret information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation. Back to Duty

S5: Prepare work areas to undertake work related activities and reinstate those areas after the completion of the work related activities. Back to Duty

S6: Inspect and maintain appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements. Back to Duty

S7: Assess and test the performance and condition of plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S8: Communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification. Back to Duty

S9: Position, assemble, install and dismantle electrical plant and equipment, which may include motors, switchgear, cables and conductors, to agreed specifications. Back to Duty

S10: Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on electrical plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S11: Replace, repair or remove components in electrical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition. Back to Duty

S12: Position, assemble, install and dismantle mechanical plant and equipment which may include pumps, valves, gearboxes, pipework, to agreed specifications, Back to Duty

S13: Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on mechanical plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S14: Replace, repair or remove components in mechanical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition. Back to Duty

S15: Position, assemble, install and dismantle plant and equipment which may include instrumentation and control of temperature, pressure and flow systems to agreed specifications. Back to Duty

S16: Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S17: Replace, repair or remove components in plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition. Back to Duty

S18: Calibrate and configure instrument and control systems. Back to Duty

S19: Install, assemble and dismantle wind turbine plant and equipment, which will include pitch systems, yaw systems, switchgear, control systems to agreed specifications. Back to Duty

S20: Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on wind turbine plant and equipment including mechanical drive systems. Back to Duty

S21: Replace, repair or remove components in wind turbine plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition. Back to Duty

S22: Position, assemble, install and dismantle integrated electrical apparatus, systems and process control equipment. Back to Duty

S23: Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on integrated plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S24: Replace, repair and/or remove components within integrated plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition. Back to Duty

S25: Calibrate and configure integrated electrical apparatus, systems and process control equipment. Back to Duty

S26: Position, assemble, install and dismantle integrated electromechanical power and control systems. Back to Duty

S27: Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on integrated plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S28: Replace, repair or remove components within integrated plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition. Back to Duty

S29: Safely and efficiently carry out routine and non-routine operating procedures on plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S30: Monitor and control the operation and performance of the plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S31: Handover and accept responsibility for plant and equipment. Back to Duty

S32: Evaluate and solve complex problems within energy conversion plant and systems. Back to Duty

S33: Rapidly and correctly respond to contingencies and abnormal conditions, to maintain energy conversion and production plant and equipment within operational parameters. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Health and Safety – follows health and safety policies and procedures and be prepared to challenge unsafe behaviour using appropriate techniques to ensure the protection of people and property when working alone or with appropriate supervision. Back to Duty

B2: Quality focused – ensures that work achieves quality standard both occupationally and personally. Back to Duty

B3: Working with others – works well with people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity safely and on time. Back to Duty

B4: Interpersonal skills – gets along well with others and takes into account their needs and concerns. Back to Duty

B5: Critical reasoning – uses resources, techniques and obtained facts to develop sound solutions while recognising and defining problems. Back to Duty

B6: Sustainability and ethical behaviour – behaves ethically and undertakes work in a way that contributes to sustainable development. Back to Duty

B7: Risk awareness – demonstrates high concentration, the desire to reduce risks, ability to be compliant and awareness of change, through regular monitoring and checking of information. Back to Duty

T Level in maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing

Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 04/11/2021

Available from: 01/09/2022

Occupational specialism: Maintenance engineering technologies: Control & Instrumentation

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Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 04/11/2021

Available from: 01/09/2022

Occupational specialism: Maintenance engineering technologies: Electrical & Electronics

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Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 04/11/2021

Available from: 01/09/2022

Occupational specialism: Maintenance engineering technologies: Mechanical

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Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 04/11/2021

Available from: 01/09/2022

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