Engineering Operative | Pearson qualifications

Apprenticeship Standards Engineering Operative

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About the role

This level 2 apprenticeship standard is designed as a minimum 12-18 months programme and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competences required to work in an engineering operative role.

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Engineering operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the engineering and manufacturing sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a workforce with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance and sustain the sector.

The role covers a wide range of common and job-specific skill sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sectors during the course of their career. Dependent on the sector in which they are employed, there may be subtle differences in terms of composition and application of the job role specific skills and knowledge they will require. However, the core skills and knowledge will be the same regardless of the sector/area in which they work.

Examples of the occupational roles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are:

  • Servicing and maintenance operative
  • Machine setter/operative
  • Mechanical engineering operative fabricator
  • Engineering fitter
  • Multi-disciplined engineering operative
  • Materials, processing and finishing operative
  • Technical support operative
  • Founding/casting operative



We provide a clear learning programme to take apprentices from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

You can use our on-programme offer regardless of whether you are using Pearson as your end-point assessment organisation or not.


There is a mandatory qualification for this standard:

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge)

Apprentices without English and mathematics at level 1 will need to achieve this and those without level 2 will need to take the tests for level 2 prior to taking the EPA. 

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those for whom this is their primary language.

As both a vocational and academic awarding organisation, we can offer a wide range of English and maths qualifications in line with your standards’ requirements from Functional Skills through to GCSEs.

Learning resources

English and maths resources
We have a wide range of resources and useful tools to complement your programme, including assessment tools, podcasts and training events.

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