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Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship Level 3 Land Based Service Engineering Technician

Duration: Typically 36 months
Locations: Bircham (Norfolk)
Dates: Continuous start dates available 
Funding: See Grants and funding below

Typically duration would be 36 months working towards the apprenticeship standard, with a minimum of 20% of this spent in off-the-job training. College attendance is completed in blocks of 1 – 4 weeks duration and counts towards the off-the-job training. The period of the apprenticeship may be reduced for those holding relevant qualifications or a Level 2 apprenticeship meeting the employer’s selection criteria.

Please make sure that you have read and understood the entry requirements (see below) and booking terms and conditions for this course.

Course content

The course will aim to give the apprentice the Knowledge, Skills and Occupational Behaviours to become a Professional and Successful Servicing Engineering Technician. The role of a LBSE Technician includes working on site utilising their own initiative in a customer facing role. They will be called on to diagnose and repair complex faults on machinery and plant. They may also be Supervising junior colleagues and dispensing advice to customers on machinery selection and repairs. The course content will include:

  • An advanced understanding of the relevant legislation and safe working practices
  • The control of company resources
  • Diagnose faults using modern diagnostic equipment on the technologically advanced systems found on modern construction equipment and machinery.
  • Advanced and modern Power units and associated fuels and components.
  • Advanced Transmission fault diagnostics and repairs
  • Advanced complex Hydraulic systems, diagnostics, and repairs.
  • Advanced Electrical systems and Hydro Electrical diagnostic fault finding and repairs
  • How to compile technical reports, repair proposals, quotations, and incident reports.

Teaching and assessment

  • A mixture of on-the-job training and supervision. College based training split between advanced Classroom theory sessions and complex workshop practical tasks. Maths and English mandatory requirements met.

Methods of Assessments

The apprentice will be regularly assessed during the college-based training via complex practical tasks and written assignments, which the instructor will give extensive constructive feedback to help the apprentice achieve the high standards. The apprentice will be expected to complete a Log of Progression, detailing the development of knowledge, skills, and behaviours. There will also be a series of End Point Assessments (EPA) which includes an Online knowledge test, Complex Practical Assessments, a Presentation and Professional interview.

Qualifications you gain

Level 3 Land-based Service Engineering Technician.

Level 2 Functional skills.

Professional Body Recognition.

Mandatory entry requirements


The employer will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Typically, this would be 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or equivalent to include English, Mathematics and a Science subject. An understanding of Information and Communication Technology would also be desirable. The apprentice will have to complete Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

Personal Skills

  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Work to a Safe Standard
  • Quality focused
  • Good Communicator
  • Responsible and Self Motivated
  • Team Player and Adaptable
  • Problem solving
  • Commitment
  • Contributor to Company Image and Profitability

Grants and funding

Grants are available for eligible employers. For further information please visit our grant pages.

Apply here - online application form

Need more information?

Contact one of our account managers

Jason Haslam

Or phone Course booking line: 0344 994 4433