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Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Four years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

The Food and Drink industry is an exciting place to be a Maintenance Engineer. World class companies in the industry use some of the most innovative, modern and technically automated equipment available to manufacture a wide range of food and drink products for consumers. Companies employ Mechanical and/or Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers according to the type of products they make.

Food and Drink Mechanical Maintenance Engineers will mainly work with mechanical and electrical equipment and production systems. Food and Drink Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers will work with mechanical and electrical equipment plus highly automated programmable control systems.

Both Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers need to maximise the benefits of the technology and equipment they work with. Depending on the type of product and plant in the company, engineering activities carried out will include routine maintenance, fault finding and diagnosis, testing and commissioning. They must ensure that maintenance activities contribute to optimising food and drink production levels.

Food and Drink Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers must ensure that all maintenance activities are conducted safely, and practices comply with food safety legislation in this highly regulated industry. They must understand the key features of working with consumable products and how they this affects food industry maintenance practices.

What you'll learn

Food and drink maintenance engineers will have the following core knowledge, and will understand:
• food processing/manufacturing and product knowledge
• the impact of customer requirements and demands on the food supply chain
• the key principles of cleaning and hygiene processes covering both Cleaning in Place (CIP) and cleaning out of place systems
• the key principles of quality management systems and processes
• the key principles of Continuous Improvement (CI) Management
• materials science, including the key features of raw materials, their uses in food production and types of equipment used to process them
• the principles of fault finding techniques
• the operation of mechanical equipment in the food and drink industry
• and much more!

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of Functional Skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out by the engineering team at the College. Employers will set their own criteria, but typically, an entrant to this apprenticeship will already have achieved a minimum of Level 2 in English, maths, a Science and ICT.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

Apprentices are required to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance prior to taking the end-point assessment for this apprenticeship.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment for this Apprenticeship.

What's next?

On completion of this standard, apprentices may progress to further learning within the food and drink industry, or a range of employment opportunities.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.