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Apprenticeship training course

Food and drink engineer (level 5)

Maintaining, managing and installing a diverse range of specialist equipment and technology used in the manufacture of food and drink products.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Continuous improvement food and drink engineer
  • Food and drink electrical engineer
  • Food and drink mechanical engineer
  • Food and drink reliability engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use engineering principles to deliver products/packaged food.
  • Comply with standard operating procedures, company, legal and regulatory requirements and customer/consumer and engineering standards.
  • Plan, for example labour and engineering materials.
  • Influence and communicate with colleagues and others, such as engineers, other functions and teams.
  • Assess team and individual performance, provide feedback to improve; coach and mentor.
  • Use continuous improvement techniques, for example apply quality management principles, participate in failure investigations and contribute to and implement practical engineering solutions for efficiency and/or profitability.
  • Use IT, digitisation and manual methods to collect data from systems to support engineering activity within the business.
  • Use and develop planned preventative maintenance (PPM) strategies, incorporate appropriate proactive maintenance routines, such as vibration analysis, thermography, simple visual/part measurement.
  • Analyse operational performance, specification and data.
  • Evaluate possible failure modes and identify strategy, for example technical risk assessment methods, PPM to RCM techniques.
  • Contribute to the construction and commissioning of equipment and machinery used for producing preserved/fresh and safe food and drink products.

Full information on Food and drink engineer (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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