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Compressed air and vacuum technician (level 3)

Install and commission compressed air and/or vacuum equipment and their associated systems; and complete servicing, fault diagnosis, repair and to ensure equipment is operating and controlled at its optimum efficiency.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Air Treatment Engineers
  • Air Treatment Technicians
  • Commissioning Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Technicians
  • Installation Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Technicians
  • Pressure Systems Competent Person (Examiner)
  • Product Support Engineers
  • Service Engineers
  • Service Technicians
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Install compressed air or vacuum equipment, piping, electrical connections and control systems.
  • Commission compressed air or vacuum equipment and/or components.
  • Lock off and isolate equipment; electrical and mechanical.
  • Decommission and disconnect specified equipment or components, for long term shut down or disposal for example. Categorise equipment for reuse, disposal or recycling and when necessary, complete storage measures to prevent deterioration.
  • Maintain and service compressed air or vacuum equipment or components.
  • Diagnose; rectify faults and/or repair of compressed air or vacuum equipment, components and systems.
  • Inspect pressure/vacuum vessels, their safety devices and/or other equipment.
  • Select and use hand tools, specialist tools and instruments, including test equipment. Check tools and identify and report tool defects where necessary. Store of tools and equipment.
  • Plan and prepare for work, for example task delegation, work-flow, route planning and time management. Obtain and check parts.
  • Report and record work activity, for example asset management records, work sheets, checklists, waste environmental records and any legal reporting requirements.
  • Adhere to heath and safety regulations, legislation and safe working practices; identify risks, hazards and control measure.
  • Read and interpret technical and safety documentation, for example risk assessments, method statements, permits to work, operation and maintenance manuals and wiring diagrams.
  • Communicate with stakeholders - internal and/or external, for example customers, colleagues, managers and the general public.
  • House-keeping, including restoring the work area on completion of the activity, returning any resources and consumables, disposal of waste, re-cycling/re-using where appropriate.
  • Use IT, for example document creation, communication and information management.

Full information on Compressed air and vacuum technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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