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Food and drink maintenance engineer

Maintaining machinery and equipment in the food and drinks industry, finding and resolving faults, to optimise production levels.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
36 months
Current funding band
Up to £27,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have 4 GCSEs at grade C (or equivalent), including maths, English and a science.

What apprentices will learn
  • food processing and manufacturing methods
  • routine mechanical maintenance and producing replacement parts, using manual and machine processes
  • welding stainless steel and other materials used in food production equipment
  • regulatory requirements
  • materials science, including the key features of raw materials and how they are used in food production
  • principles of electrical systems
  • utilities, including energy management and pollution control
  • for apprentices specialising as multi-skilled maintenance engineers: instrumentation and process control systems, electrical maintenance and maintenance of programmable control systems

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

Successful apprentices will satisfy the requirements for professional registration as an engineering technician (Eng Tech) as defined by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
Occupational Awards Limited 01235 432 032
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.