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Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

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This Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) apprenticeship is suitable for many service and maintenance orientated roles within the engineering sector.

You may be starting an apprenticeship or furthering your career with your employer, this apprenticeship standard encompasses roles that may include maintaining the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment used in engineering.

As an apprentice you will be eligible to register as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) with the relevant professional engineering institution.

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As a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician, your work will involve and you will learn the following:

  • Operating and maintaining plant and equipment
  • Finding and fixing faults in plant and equipment
  • Assessing and testing plant and equipment
  • Environmental, health and safety law, regulations and standards
  • Engineering theory and principles relevant to your role
  • Interpreting technical specifications and documents
  • Specialist skills from electrics, mechanics to plant operations as required by your employer

There is no qualification embedded in this programme.

As an apprentice, you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer who will pay you a wage. Throughout the duration of your apprenticeship, you will attend college for one day per week.

The rest of your training will take place in-house at your workplace by your employer and a qualified assessor who will visit you on-site who will complete assessments and progress reviews.

In order to complete the apprenticeship, you will undertake an End Point Assessment. It measures the knowledge, skills and behaviours each apprentice has developed and will include a knowledge test, practical observation and a technical interview. This part of the apprenticeship is employer-led, so it will be your employer who decides if you are ready to undertake your End Point Assessment.

More detailed information can be found on the apprenticeship standard website (new window).


To start the apprenticeship, you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice, all of which will have different requirements. If you already have an employer, please contact us. If you don't have an employer already, view our current apprenticeship vacancies

In order to optimise the chances of success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at grade 9–4/A*–C or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.

You will be required to attend an initial assessment in Maths and English and a short interview prior to enrolment, and you will be expected to have a C/4 or Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths and English to enter the gateway in order for you to complete your End Point Assessment.


  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 36 months
  • Campus: Main

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could help you progress into a range of engineering technician roles and on to a higher level qualification such as an HNC or Degree in Engineering.

Information for Employers
Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. Off the job training should also be relevant to the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.

Before taking your End Point Assessment, to achieve the Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician apprenticeship you must have achieved or already hold a level 2 in English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades 9–4/A*–C).


An apprentice can only take this assessment once all other aspects of the apprenticeship have been completed.  An apprentice needs to be completely ready to take this assessment and the employer and assessor will decide when the time is right.  A declaration will be signed by both the employer, apprentice and assessor.  If the apprentice fails the assessment, then there will be a re-sit charge, which is generally paid by the employer.

The EPA Consists of 3 discrete assessment methods:

1. Knowledge Assessment – 30 multiple choice questions in a 45 minute test.

2. Practical Observation

3. Technical Interview – based upon an evidence portfolio.