Reference Quantity: ST0588

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational Profile:

The Propulsion Technician is accountable for the testing or constructing perform to help the event of propulsion techniques resembling inside combustion engines, hybrid and electrical propulsion expertise and superior management techniques.  To allow consistency and accuracy in construct/check, measurement, methodology and expertise, the propulsion technician is accountable for enabling the execution of improvement plans which fulfil the interior buyer’s and facility’s necessities for high quality, value and time, while adhering to protected techniques of labor and danger administration. The propulsion technician carries out a spread of specialist duties in a managed surroundings with a view to develop, enhance or create new propulsion applied sciences. The Propulsion Technician performs a proactive function in improvement construct or check supply, taking duty for creating, modifying, first line knowledge evaluation and high quality validation, offering an important hyperlink between the propulsion improvement perform and engineers. 

The Propulsion Technicians is the supply of technical management inside their particular useful space and can help and have interaction with a variety of inside and exterior stakeholders resembling engineers, suppliers, exterior companies and organisations to supply constant construct, improvement and high quality assurance of the propulsion system.

Propulsion Technicians

  1. Help the event of proposals to develop new/various applied sciences
  2. Take a mission goal from preliminary idea, supplied by an engineer via to designing and delivering outcomes in a constant, methodical approach making certain that correct and high quality technical knowledge will probably be obtained
  3. Examine instrumentation necessities that can help value efficient product design and improvement   
  4. Consider element and/or product high quality issues to make sure options are match for goal and compliant with related laws and laws
  5. Take a proactive function in supporting steady enchancment
  6. Work with cross useful groups to help the event of latest/various applied sciences together with manufacturing and meeting processes
  7. Present first line fault prognosis reviews for engineers
  8. Produce Normal Working Procedures for construct or check arrange and supply

Propulsion Technicians lay a crucial function within the engineering and design of propulsion techniques sometimes for the Automotive, Marine, and Energy Gear sectors. This can be a core and choices customary incorporating 6 job roles. Possibility 1 is for the Propulsion Take a look at associated job roles and Possibility 2 is for the Engine Construct and Course of Technician function. The core information, abilities and behaviours plus the precise necessities for one of many choices should be achieved. The primary duties and duties for every function are as follows:

Possibility 1Propulsion Take a look at, contains the next useful areas

A Battery Construct and Take a look at Technician is accountable for  testing and refining the design of batteries utilized in propulsion techniques, e.g. Lithium-ion Plug-in Hybrid Electrical (PHE) and Battery Electrical (BE) packs, designing protected and environment friendly manufacturing processes together with put up manufacturing testing and assurance processes.

A Emissions Take a look at and Evaluation Technician: is accountable for making ready tools and techniques to hold out stationary and cellular emissions testing to supply prime quality check knowledge.  Technicians should management and adjust to a variety of environmental variables, to satisfy recognised worldwide and UK requirements

A Engine Take a look at Technician is accountable for offering and sustaining widespread processes, and for making certain that productive functionality is maintained. Technicians will need to have sturdy technical functionality and require crucial and analytical reasoning, sturdy planning, co-ordination and management of personal workload.  The technician will probably be main the testing procedures, check facility operators, to supply continuity of testing and assurance that the ability and output meet the necessities of established worldwide requirements.

A Powertrain Technician is accountable for making ready and finishing up transmission, driveline and electrical rig assessments with a view to produce prime quality check knowledge which they then interpret and analyse to adjust to engineer’s necessities and worldwide requirements. The Powertrain Rig Technician will probably be accountable for main testing for sturdiness, mechanical improvement, engine management and powertrain administration calibration. Working as a part of a crew the technician will ship prime quality check knowledge.

A Product Evaluation and Verification Technician is accountable for finishing up a large and numerous vary of actions together with Structural Testing, Security Testing, Load Knowledge Acquisition, Climatic Testing, Electrical Take a look at, Noise Vibration and Harshness testing.

Their foremost actions will want sturdy technical functionality and require crucial and analytical reasoning, sturdy planning, and co-ordination of the testing procedures.

Possibility 2Engine Construct and Course of Technician.

A Engine Construct and Course of Technician is accountable for main the construct of prototype engines to express specs and configurations with a view to help engine, improvement and testing actions, together with the event of meeting processes to help technical investigations recognized throughout prototype engine construct.

Core Information

A Propulsion Technician should know:

  • The statutory and organisation well being and security insurance policies, procedures and laws that should be adhered to in a propulsion surroundings
  • The danger evaluation course of, procedures and documentation used inside their very own space of duty.
  • The best way to talk successfully, hear, query, help and mentor others.
  • The related inside and exterior high quality requirements and procedures that apply to the design, improvement and manufacture of propulsion techniques.
  • The rules and goal of high quality auditing.
  • The core engineering rules resembling arithmetic, science, mechanical and electrical/digital purposes related to their specialism
  • The significance of creating and sustaining Normal Working Procedures (SOP’s) with a view to meet all of the related necessities, i.e. authorized & code of observe.
  • The best way to prioritise their very own and their/crew’s workload to make sure that targets are met and to make sure efficient use of useful resource/tools
  • The varied knowledge assortment techniques used and their codecs.
  • The rules and software of Measurement Programs Evaluation strategies and strategies.
  • The best way to analyse and interpret first line knowledge precisely with a view to, validate high quality, draw conclusions, present suggestions and talk with others in a recognised format.
  • The use, advantages and purposes of steady enchancment strategies and strategies for engineering (resembling Kaizen and Six Sigma).
  • The significance for organisations to handle and monitor provider efficiency making certain that value, service, high quality and sustainability goals are being achieved and their tasks in that course of
  • The best way to produce correct, efficient and concise plans, shows and evaluation of graphs/charts, course of and classes learnt paperwork.
  • The Inside and exterior audit compliance necessities (resembling TS16949 and ISO 14001)

Core Expertise

A Propulsion Technician should have the ability to:

  • Handle danger and the appliance of Well being and Security inside their space of duty
  • Talk successfully, hear, query, help and mentor others, while selling an consideration to element all through the propulsion improvement course of
  • Handle checks on check or construct techniques and drawback resolve the place points come up
  • Reveal crucial and analytical reasoning, sturdy planning and activity co-ordination
  • Lead the organising of kit and ancillary techniques used for construct or check and the place relevant perform any required modifications
  • Guarantee instrumentation captures prime quality knowledge in a scientific and repeatable approach
  • Perform checks, measurement and calibration actions following accepted procedures and processes
  • Adjust to inside processes and procedures to make sure tools is match for goal, maintained accurately and in calibration
  • Monitor and validate check or construct knowledge high quality
  • Implement proposals for check or construct plan modifications primarily based on high quality and quantitative knowledge
  • Prioritise check or construct output to maximise environment friendly use of specialist tools
  • Handle all inside and exterior buyer wants all through check or construct execution
  • Develop procedures and processes essential to satisfy all related requirements and necessities, i.e. authorized & code of observe
  • Information and develop different crew members
  • Create inside check or construct directions and course of paperwork.
  • Help the event of proposals to develop new/various applied sciences


A Propulsion Technician should have the ability to display the next behaviours:

  • Private Accountability & Compliance: Complies with statutory and organisational well being & security laws and insurance policies always. Accepts duty for his or her work load with a accountable strategy to danger. Regularly demonstrates a excessive stage of motivation and resilience when going through challenges
  • Working Successfully in Groups: Create and keep constructive, skilled and trusting working relationships with the crew and a variety of inside, exterior and linked stakeholders. Maintains the best requirements of integrity and ethics in all enterprise relationships.
  • Efficient Communication & Interpersonal Expertise: Keep efficient partnerships with suppliers and clients via the corporate processes to realize sound goals.Open and sincere clear communication utilizing acceptable strategies. At all times demonstrating a constructive and respectful perspective.
  • High quality & Drawback Fixing: Robust want to make sure that the foundation reason for an issue is recognized and addressed, regularly seeks alternatives to enhance high quality, pace and effectivity while additionally demonstrating technical management.
  • Steady Private Growth. Mirror on abilities, information and behaviours and seeks alternatives to develop, adapt to completely different conditions, environments or applied sciences and have a constructive perspective to suggestions and recommendation

Particular necessities for every choice:

The core information, abilities and behaviours plus the precise necessities for one of the choices should be achieved

Possibility 1 – Propulsion Take a look at

Particular Information: A Propulsion Take a look at Technician should know:

  • The factors used to find out the testing technique(s) and tools for use.
  • The rules of create and edit check scripts to make sure knowledge obtained is legitimate and dependable
  • The preparation and arrange necessities of testing and knowledge assortment tools/ancillary techniques.
  • The preparation and arrange necessities of propulsion items to be examined.
  • The best way to run and function propulsion testing tools successfully to make sure high quality and constant outcomes together with understanding limits of adjustment and parameters for protected working and standardisation.
  • The differing types and goal of the assessments that may be carried out on propulsion items/techniques being developed resembling efficiency, emissions, climatic, noise, vibration, sturdiness, mechanical, electrical and calibration

Particular Expertise: A Propulsion Take a look at Technician should have the ability to:

  • Lead the preparation and set up actions for propulsion items beneath check
  • Lead the testing exercise making certain the check is carried out consistent with producer directions and/or firm customary working procedures
  • Verify and monitor the check to make sure that it’s carried out beneath the desired circumstances set out within the check script/specification
  • Make sure the servicing schedules and upkeep of propulsion testing tools is carried out consistent with producer directions and/or firm customary working procedures
  • Lead the prognosis and evaluation of any faults discovered on propulsion items beneath check

Possibility 2 – Engine Construct

Information: An Engine Construct and Course of Technician should know:

  • The significance of making certain that engines aren’t contaminated throughout the construct and the implications for the standard of the event programme knowledge if this isn’t adhered to
  • The significance of adhering to the standard standards resembling setting working clearances and torque settings
  • The completely different fault diagnostic strategies used, their software and choice
  • The methodologies used for half and product high quality investigations
  • The best way to validate tooling and construct deviations and related tools and instrumentation

Expertise: An Engine Construct and Course of Technician should have the ability to:

  • Verify that each one preparation actions to help the prototype engine construct improvement programme have been carried out accurately
  • Be certain that the desired elements can be found for the construct and that they’re in a usable situation
  • Lead the construct of the prototype/ improvement engine making certain it has been constructed to the right specification and is prepared for testing
  • Lead the prognosis and evaluation of any faults recognized throughout the improvement engine construct
  • Lead and help modification actions to enhance engine construct reliability and efficiency
  • Lead the validation course of for tooling and construct deviations and related tools/instrumentation

Entry Necessities

Employers will set their very own entry necessities


Apprentices with out stage 2 English and Maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking 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 Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are a substitute for English {qualifications} for whom that is their major language.  

Skilled registration

Achievement of the usual is designed to be recognised by related Skilled Engineering Establishments such because the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Engineering and Expertise (IET) on the acceptable stage {of professional} registration (EngTech)


Usually 42 to 48 months. Timescales might differ relying on any related prior expertise or {qualifications}


This can be a Stage 4 customary

Evaluate date

This apprenticeship customary will probably be reviewed after 3 years of approval.

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