Reference Quantity: ST0529

Particulars of normal

Occupational Profile

Meals and Drink Superior Engineers ship environment friendly, efficient and excessive efficiency food and drinks manufacturing processes and methods, a lot of that are particular to the trade. Combining engineering competence with an understanding of the ideas of meals security, science and expertise their focus is on creating and designing improved manufacturing methods, that are protected to function and environmentally sustainable.

They use superior manufacturing and processing strategies and challenge administration abilities to ship new tasks on time, to funds and on the required high quality.

Meals and Drink Superior Engineers have roles throughout food and drinks organisations, from infrastructure, asset care, manufacturing administration and course of growth and work intently with a spread of different engineers, features and managers in their very own firm and work together with exterior tools and ingredient suppliers. They contribute to enterprise technique and efficiency as leaders of groups.

Meals and Drink Superior Engineers have core data, abilities and behaviours and specialist data and abilities in a single self-discipline: mechanical, automation or manufacturing engineering.

Typical job titles embrace: Meals and Drink Manufacturing unit Engineering Supervisor, Meals and Drink Course of Engineering Supervisor, Meals and Drink Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor, Meals and Drink Group Engineering Supervisor, Meals and Drink Reliability Supervisor and Meals and Drink Venture Engineering Supervisor.

The Necessities – Data, Expertise and Behaviours

Meals and Drink Superior Engineers have the next data and understanding:

  • How future product and course of design and commissioning is impacted by legislative, regulatory and moral necessities, together with hygiene and meals security, worker well being & security legislation and environmental concerns
  • Learn how to lead and nurture others to articulate reliability optimisation methods, stop failures by means of efficient upkeep strategies and develop life cycle plans for key belongings
  • Programs method adopted, each in tools design and optimisation
  • Strategies and instruments to analysis, analyse, interpret and consider info and ideas; learn how to utilise concepts from present methods and new functions to enhance or change processes
  • Rules and practices of hygienic design and cleansing methods acceptable to a food and drinks atmosphere
  • The function and influence of food and drinks engineering inside the wider enterprise context, wants of inner and exterior stakeholders and the broader authorized, environmental, technical and financial atmosphere
  • Monetary features required to justify, develop and fee new course of or tools
  • Strategic management, challenge administration strategies, idea and follow required to ship change processes inside a food and drinks atmosphere
  • Inter-relationships between meals components, product and packaging supplies and their results on meals security, high quality and efficiency of meals processing and packaging design and enchancment

Meals and Drink Superior Engineers display the next abilities, and may:

  • Display the flexibility to judge new strategies or applied sciences, and to recognise if these have worth inside their very own food and drinks atmosphere
  • Apply acceptable theoretical and sensible strategies to design, develop and fee engineering options inside a food and drinks atmosphere
  • Align engineering developments with wider enterprise concerns together with finance, industrial administration, product innovation and sustainability
  • Outline, articulate and justify the enterprise case for food and drinks engineering funding
  • Implement preventative and situation primarily based upkeep procedures utilizing a spread of reliability methods throughout engineering, use technical threat assessments to enhance reliability, maintainability and availability
  • Use downside fixing strategies and Steady Enchancment strategies to ship change and enchancment programmes in a food and drinks course of designed to advance enterprise efficiency
  • Drive enterprise environmental aims by means of engineering options which advance and shield the enterprise and trade popularity
  • Successfully analysis a lot of completely different approaches to establish the suitable answer
  • Community throughout factories and suppliers to establish greatest follow
  • Lead, inspire and affect folks inside a challenge administration matrix; articulating organisational goal and values to create an inclusive, excessive efficiency work tradition
  • Alternate info and supply recommendation to technical and non-technical colleagues

Meals and Drink Superior Engineers display the next behaviours:

  • Management in protected working: takes a disciplined and accountable method to keep away from threat by means of software of technical abilities, workouts administration and mitigation methods
  • Possession of labor: takes duty for recommending the implementation of recent practices, guaranteeing integrity of processes and elevating web site requirements
  • Delight in work: embraces new methods of pondering and encourages others to do the identical, shows a constructive thoughts set demonstrated by willingness to be taught, shows proactive method and skill to behave on their very own initiative
  • Self-development: all the time provides their greatest, units themselves difficult targets, assured determination maker, has ambition to constantly enhance self
  • Integrity and respect: leads by instance, acts as a task mannequin and motivates others by means of actions and behavior, reveals respect for others and gives time and assist
  • Management: dedicated to guide, handle and coach others successfully; works nicely with completely different features and operations
  • Downside fixing: willingness to tackle new issues; maintains high quality of pondering and creativity beneath stress
  • Responsiveness to alter: versatile to altering working atmosphere and calls for; resilient beneath stress
  • Firm/trade perspective: demonstrates curiosity to foster new methods of pondering and dealing; seeks out alternatives to drive ahead change and enhancements for the enterprise

Further Data and Expertise

Along with the core data, abilities and behaviours, Meals and Drink Superior Engineers will display specialist extra data and abilities from both the mechanical, automated or manufacturing choices. All apprentices should full the core plus one of the choices.

Mechanical engineers:

Data and understanding of:

  • The vary of mechanical ideas that underpin the design and operation of mechanical engineering methods
  • Tribology and its software to meals processing tools
  • Using laptop modeling and simulation strategies to foretell the habits of engineering-based applied sciences
  • Laptop aided design (Finite Factor Evaluation)

Expertise, can:

  • Design mechanical methods, analyse the efficiency of elements, mechanisms and methods
  • Conduct failure threat investigations and apply Reliability engineering strategies to stop or scale back the probability or frequency of failures

Automation engineers:

Data and understanding of:

  • The vary {of electrical} ideas, management engineering that underpins the design and operation {of electrical} engineering methods
  • Automation strategies, robotics and supplies dealing with
  • Manufacturing execution methods

Expertise, can:

  • Management the operation of measuring devices which might be utilized in design and configuration of automated methods
  • Mannequin a various vary of dynamic methods and design controllers for these methods
  • Conduct failure threat investigations and apply Reliability engineering strategies to stop or scale back the probability or frequency of failures

Manufacturing engineers:

Data and understanding of:

  • Course of functionality and thermodynamic evaluation
  • Mass and warmth balances, together with materials yield
  • System efficiency, for instance line efficiency, manufacturing effectivity, V-curve and loss evaluation
  • Manufacturing engineering practices and the administration challenges associated to manufacturing

Expertise, can:

  • Design key components of a manufacturing line
  • Apply steady enchancment, downside fixing and hassle capturing abilities to extend effectivity in meals manufacturing


Sometimes, 5 years

Typical Entry Necessities

Particular person employers will set their very own entry necessities by way of prior educational {qualifications} and vocational expertise. Sometimes candidates can have 3 A-levels at Grade B or equal, together with A-level in maths or equal and at the very least one additional STEM primarily based topic and 5 GCSEs together with English and maths (grade C or above). The Apprenticeship as a Meals and Drink Upkeep Engineer gives a preparation route for this Apprenticeship.


Degree 6

English and Maths

Apprentices should obtain degree 2 English and Maths 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 Degree 3. British Signal Language qualification is a substitute for English {qualifications} for these whom that is their main language.


Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Meals Engineering


This normal will probably be reviewed after 3 years

Skilled Recognition

Completion of the apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by the related skilled establishments as contributing in direction of the suitable degree {of professional} registration (Integrated Engineer). Nonetheless, it’s recognised that extra experiential proof could also be required.

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