Reference Quantity: ST0195

Particulars of normal

Occupational Profile 

The Meals and Drink trade is an thrilling place to be a Upkeep Engineer. World class corporations within the trade use among the most progressive, trendy and technically automated tools obtainable to fabricate a variety of food and drinks merchandise for customers. Firms make use of Mechanical and/or Multi-skilled Upkeep Engineers in accordance with the kind of merchandise they make.

Meals and Drink Mechanical Upkeep Engineers will primarily work with mechanical and electrical tools and manufacturing methods. Meals and Drink Multi-skilled Upkeep Engineers will work with mechanical and electrical tools plus extremely automated programmable management methods.

Each Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers must maximise the advantages of the expertise and tools they work with. Relying on the kind of product and plant within the firm, engineering actions carried out will embody routine upkeep, fault discovering and prognosis, testing and commissioning. They need to make sure that upkeep actions contribute to optimising food and drinks manufacturing ranges.

Meals and Drink Mechanical and Multi-skilled Engineers should make sure that all upkeep actions are carried out safely, and practices adjust to meals security laws on this extremely regulated trade. They need to perceive the important thing options of working with consumable merchandise and the way they this impacts meals trade upkeep practices.

Meals and Drink Engineers will work autonomously, taking duty for their very own duties and in addition work successfully in groups.

Meals and Drink Upkeep Engineer – The Core Information, Talent sand Behaviours

Core information 

Foods and drinks upkeep engineers can have the next core information, and can perceive:

  • Meals processing/manufacturing and product information (to fulfill firm necessities eg Dairy/Confectionery/Meat processing)
  • Laws and rules within the food and drinks trade, together with understanding of:

    • Meals Security
    • Well being and Security
    • Hazard Evaluation Vital Management Level (HACCP), Risk Evaluation Vital Management Level (TACCP), Vulnerability Evaluation Vital Management Level (VACCP)

  • Fundamental rules of sustainability and environmental laws
  • The impression of buyer necessities and calls for on the meals provide chain
  • The important thing rules of cleansing and hygiene processes overlaying each Cleansing in Place (CIP) and cleansing misplaced methods
  • The important thing rules of high quality administration methods and processes
  • The important thing rules of Steady Enchancment (CI) Administration
  • Supplies science, together with the important thing options of uncooked supplies, their makes use of in meals manufacturing and forms of tools used to course of them
  • Varieties of finest observe upkeep approaches and strategies within the food and drinks trade
  • The rules of fault discovering strategies
  • The operation of mechanical tools within the food and drinks trade
  • Tips on how to produce alternative parts
  • The operate of fluid energy methods
  • The operation of warmth alternate tools
  • The rules of reducing and welding within the food and drinks trade
  • Rules {of electrical} methods, together with their makes use of, security and laws
  • Companies and utilities information, together with the significance and impression of vitality administration and air pollution management in meals manufacturing

Core Expertise 

Foods and drinks upkeep engineers will show the next core abilities, and can be capable to:

  • Plan and put together for upkeep of engineered methods within the food and drinks trade
  • Carry out first line routine mechanical upkeep, together with eradicating and changing parts, cleansing, lubrication, inspection and fault discovering
  • Apply ‘finest observe’ strategies, together with situation monitoring and proactive upkeep
  • Produce alternative parts, utilizing handbook and machine processes
  • Keep fluid energy methods
  • Weld chrome steel and different supplies utilized in meals manufacturing tools
  • Carry out first line electrical upkeep, together with testing, fault discovering, repairing and changing parts
  • Apply mathematical strategies to unravel engineering issues


Foods and drinks upkeep engineers will show the next core behaviours:

  • Secure working: ensures security of self and others, meals secure, challenges questions of safety
  • Possession of labor: accepts duty, is proactive, plans work
  • Satisfaction in work: integrity, goals for excellence, time administration
  • Self-development: hyperlinks personal goals to help the enterprise, seeks studying and improvement alternatives
  • Integrity and respect: for colleagues, good communication with managers
  • Working in a staff: builds good relationships with others
  • Drawback fixing: takes duty till an answer is reached, challenges others, works to unravel root reason for issues
  • Responsiveness to alter: flexibility to altering atmosphere and calls for
  • Firm/trade perspective: information of firm and meals trade, acts as an envoy
  • Efficient communication: with colleagues/managers, in writing, visually, verbally

Further Information and Expertise for Mechanical and Multi-Expert Upkeep engineers

Along with the core abilities, information and behaviours, food and drinks upkeep engineers will show specialist extra abilities and information from both the mechanical or multi-skilled choices. All apprentices should full the core plus one of the choices.

Mechanical upkeep engineers will:

  • Monitor mechanical tools in food and drinks operations
  • Restore and produce alternative advanced mechanical parts to required requirements
  • Produce advanced welded joints in a spread of positions utilizing a spread of various processes
  • Evaluate welding actions

Multi-skilled upkeep engineers will:

  • Perceive the rules {of electrical} machines, testing electrical tools and circuits
  • Perceive the operation of course of controllers inside an engineered system
  • Fee and carry out upkeep of instrumentation/course of management methods
  • Carry out upkeep of programmable management methods
  • Perceive the necessities {of electrical} installations

Further info 

Length Usually 42 to 48 months

Entry Requirements

Employers will set their very own standards, however sometimes an entrant to this apprenticeship will have already got achieved a minimal of Stage 2 in English, maths, a Science and ICT.
Stage  Stage 3
Qualification Apprentices are required to finish a stage 3 Diploma in food and drinks engineering upkeep previous to taking the end-point evaluation for this apprenticeship
Development  On completion of this customary, apprentices could progress to additional studying inside the food and drinks trade, or a spread of employment alternatives
English and Maths Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking the end-point evaluation for this apprenticeship
Normal Evaluate After 3 years

Skilled Recognition

This customary has been designed to fulfill the necessities for Skilled Registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech) as outlined by the UK Normal for Skilled Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)


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