Reference Quantity: ST0511

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Occupational Profile

The Mineral and Building industries make use of round one and a half million folks and contribute round £17 billion to the UK economic system.

A Mineral and Building Product Sampling and Testing Operator collects and samples mineral merchandise, heavy building merchandise and/or ultimate finish use merchandise to make sure they meet rigorous British and European requirements (BSEN) and to make sure they meet buyer specs. Supplies can embody prepared combined concrete, cement, mortar, asphalt, street constructing and excessive velocity rail merchandise, precast and pre-stressed concrete. They work in a spread of subsectors together with mining, building, quarrying, street constructing, waste and recycling operations. As product failure and poor high quality can result in finish use failure, knowledgeable information and a focus to element is important.

A Mineral and Building Product Sampling and Testing Operator can:

  • Gather and pattern merchandise at supply and/or on buyer web site.
  • Report findings verbally and in writing in accordance with BSEN requirements.
  • Counsel methods to enhance high quality of merchandise utilizing information of the fabric and manufacturing course of.
  • Use specialist gear so as to grade supplies, use compression and flexural testing gear so as to measure power, use nuclear density, thermocouples for temperature, stoop and unfold measurement gear and strategies for chemical evaluation so as to test product high quality, workability and consistency.
  • Put together stories on high quality measures and key efficiency indicators (KPIs).
  • Management uncooked materials constituents by making certain they’re safely used and saved.
  • Use their information of supplies to minimise waste and assist recycling.
  • Diagnose faults with sampling/testing gear taking steps to rectify them.

They normally report back to the technical web site supervisor, however can even work autonomously and   have the flexibility to make selections. It is a key function supporting your complete manufacturing course of. As a result of security important nature of the function, consideration to element is important.  Working safely and ethically is paramount because the sector is extremely regulated so that they at all times reveal a wonderful understanding of web site, regulatory, security, well being and environmental points.

Entry necessities

Particular person employers will set the entry necessities for this apprenticeship.


What’s required, an understanding of:

Well being and security

  • the dangers of actions and gear each on web site and inside regular workplace. H&S at Work Act 1974, Guide Dealing with Operations laws and COSHH laws.
  • threat assessments, mineral merchandise and trade associated laws, protected techniques of labor, web site particular hazards.
  • the significance of selling a optimistic well being, security and environmental tradition by means of situational consciousness and by private instance, taking acceptable actions if others are performing unsafely

Efficient communications

  • reporting strains in each day-to-day and emergency conditions.
  • the right way to talk with prospects and colleagues (e.g. finishing product stories, verbally briefing web site supervisor)  and the right way to develop and preserve working relationships.

Dedication to code of ethics

  • the broader enterprise wherein the corporate operates together with private function throughout the organisation, moral apply, insurance policies and procedures

Product and technical information

  • merchandise starting from clay, aggregates, gypsum, cement, concrete and asphalt. How these are produced from uncooked and recycled constituents; finish makes use of; manufacturing necessities; buyer necessities; manufacturing course of and product specs.
  • how merchandise are interlinked (e.g. Aggregates are uncooked materials in each concrete and asphalt. Gyspum is a uncooked materials in cement.)
  • related BSEN or EN product requirements for every product produced and the way they apply within the office.
  • the implications of sub-standard/out of specification merchandise to prospects, finish customers and the broader enterprise. sampling and testing gear, processes and procedures. (For instance air entrainment testing for exterior concrete slabs)


What’s required, an capability to:

Well being, security & atmosphere

  • minimise waste and recycle or eliminate waste according to enterprise environmental and sustainability insurance policies.
  • adjust to threat assessments, protected techniques of labor, firm security coverage and procedures always.

Sampling and testing duties

  • pattern product both on manufacturing web site or on buyer’s web site utilizing the suitable gear for the product. For instance, asphalt testing would come with checks equivalent to: organoleptic evaluation, binder content material, grading evaluation, temperature, bulk density, % refusal density, insitu density and texture depth – when pondering of asphalt testing – assessing whether or not the fabric right and whether or not it been laid accurately
  • plan and carry out duties following Normal Working Procedures (SOP) and protected techniques of labor.
  • produce dependable and correct stories
  • comply with trade steerage when finishing sampling duties and and report progress in opposition to them.
  • diagnose faults with sampling and testing gear and take acceptable actions.
  • establish deficiencies in each product and the position of the product. (e.g. concrete being poured into foundations that are holding rain water)
  • analyse, interpret and consider information and establish outcomes requiring additional investigation (non-conformance) searching for recommendation from colleagues as acceptable.


  • cope with points calmly and diffuse tough conditions.
  • present courteous and attentive customer support in each side of the function, this consists of getting ready clear written stories and listening and chatting with prospects politely, explaining points factually and clearly.
  • talk info, together with using info administration techniques, both digital or paper based mostly.
  • talk with folks in any respect ranges successfully making certain correct info is handed clearly and promptly.

Dedication to code of ethics

  • work throughout the firm guidelines and laws.


  • use IT software program and techniques according to firm coverage and procedures. This can embody utilizing check information entry, evaluation and reporting techniques.


What’s required, will:

Skilled judgement

  • work inside personal degree of competence or limits of accountability and choose when to hunt recommendation from line supervisor or colleagues.

Persevering with skilled improvement (CPD)

  • establish personal improvement wants and take motion to satisfy these wants.
  • use personal information and experience to assist others.
  • proactively take part in steady private improvement.

Customer support

  • preserve an expert, courteous, well mannered and pleasant strategy always.

Accepting accountability

  • take accountability for personal behaviours, actions and requirements of labor.
  • work nicely in a crew.


  • try to work effectively, meet deadlines while sustaining accuracy.


Sometimes, 14 – 18 months


MPQC Degree 2 Certificates in Laboratory and Related Technical Actions for Mineral Merchandise Operations should be achieved to satisfy regulatory necessities throughout the sector.

Apprentices with out degree 1 English and Maths might want to obtain this degree and take the check for degree 2 English and Maths previous to taking the end-point evaluation. For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.



Evaluate date: 

After three years.

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