Science Industry Maintenance Technician L3 Apprenticeship

Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship
What is Science industry maintenance?

A Science Industry Maintenance Apprenticeship involves contributing to the operation of science industry plants by installing, maintaining, testing, and repairing mechanical and electrical equipment.

This programme equips you with the skills needed to ensure the seamless functioning of critical machinery and systems in scientific and technological environments.

The primary duties we cover on this apprenticeship...
  • Install, maintain, test, and repair mechanical, and electrical equipment and instrumentation in science industry plants.
  • Proactively identify and solve problems and suggest improvements for a safer and more efficient work environment.
  • Adhere to safety-critical working practices specific to the science industry, often requiring the use of specialised safety equipment.
  • Work in various conditions, including shift work and on sites operating 365 days a year.
  • Collaborate effectively as part of a maintenance team or work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of maintenance work.
  • May be part of in-house maintenance teams or engineering maintenance contractor teams servicing diverse sectors within the science industry.
  • Maintain strict compliance with industry regulators like the Health and Safety Executive or Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
  • Exhibit appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure adherence to organisational safety and regulatory requirements, given the highly regulated nature of the industry.
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Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Most candidates will have achieved grade C or above in English and Maths and a STEM-related subject at Level 2 prior to commencement of apprenticeship.

English and Mathematics

The apprentice will have a depth and breadth of english and mathematics that allow them to operate successfully within their role. This may be met through entry criteria determined by the employer or qualifications and training within the apprenticeship. However, on completion all apprentices will have minimum level 2 qualifications in english and mathematics. Some employers may mandate training or qualifications at level 3 in english and/or mathematics.

Professional Recognition

This standard aligns to the core engineering skills required for similar occupations in other industries. This Standard has been designed to deliver sufficient Underpinning Knowledge and Understanding (UKU) and allow apprentices sufficient experiential, work based learning opportunities to satisfy the requirements for Professional Registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech) as defined by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Learning Training

Employers will compile an Apprenticeship training plan that describes the training their apprentice will need to meet the standard. It may include a mixture of external and internal training that will ensure the apprentice is fully competent by the end of their programme and ready to take the assessment. It will show when each area of the standard must be acquired and assessed and which areas may be acquired off the job. An apprentice will receive a minimum of 20% of their training away from their day-to-day job. The apprentice will gain transferable core skills and knowledge. In addition they will gain skills specific to the job role and the working practices of their place of employment. The requirements of the apprenticeship are designed to offer stretch and progression.

Knowldge, Skills & Behaviours

Occupational skills and knowledge

  1. At the end of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be able to:
  2. Work safely in a science industry environment, understanding personal responsibility for Health, Safety, Environment and Security and principles of risk management. 
  3. Understand and follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to the workplace. 
  4. Understand the internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the sector and the sponsoring company and comply with regulations proficiently whilst keeping up to date with any changes. 
  5. Understand and apply problem solving techniques. 
  6. Participate in continuous performance improvement. 
  7. Understand the business environment in which the company operates including personal role within the organisation, ethical practice and codes of conduct. 
  8. Safely use all necessary equipment, following the appropriate engineering techniques, procedures and methods of relevance to complete the maintenance activity.
  9. Prepare the work area for maintenance of plant, systems or components. 
  10. Carry out planned routine and non- routine maintenance activities, effectively, efficiently and safely.
  11. Understand and apply the practices and procedures for planning to maintain systems and equipment, relevant to a single specialist discipline or a number of disciplines (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation) as required by the job role whilst following applicable codes and standards. 
  12. Understand and apply techniques to identify faults in plants, systems and components to achieve satisfactory solutions. 
  13. Reinstate the work area after completing the maintenance of plant, systems and components. 
  14. Conduct safe and effective exchange of plant and equipment to others and accept and confirm responsibility for the plant and equipment within the work area. 
  15. Manufacture or assemble components within skill set. 
  16. Understand how to identify obsolescence and end-of-life issues. 
  17. Understand and apply information extracted from engineering drawings, specification diagrams and maintenance manuals and/or computer database systems including accurate data inputs. 
  18. Understand and apply technical knowledge relevant to a single specialist discipline or a number of disciplines (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation) as required by the job role.
  19. Develop and apply theoretical knowledge of engineering and its application to the required sector & job ro This should be acquired through a qualification set at level 3 (or above) that is approved by a licensed professional engineering institution.


  1. The apprentice must also demonstrate the required attitudes, behaviours and interpersonal skills associated with the professional workplace including:
  • communicate effectively using a full range of skills: speaking; listening; writing; body language; presentation
  • work and interact effectively within a team and other groups as required
  • work independently and proactively take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks
  • understand impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
  • excellent time management and ability to complete work to schedule
  • ability to handle change and respond to change management processes in a positive manner
  • pursuing excellence in line with organisational norms and values
  • demonstrate a can do attitude and willingness to operate flexibly to meet business demands.


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