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Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This is an excellent apprenticeship that will set you up for a career within the Engineering Maintenance sector. Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding safety, quality, delivery and cost within high value manufacturing environments. Typically the work covers a broad range of activities including installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent. Grade C or above in Science is desirable but not essential.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

Knowledge units:

  • Health and safety
  • Communications
  • Engineering project
  • Maths for technicians
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Engineering materials
  • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Engineering drawings         
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Electrical machines
  • Further mathematics (optional if you want to progress on to a HNC).

Competency units:

  • Statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements   
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
  • Assembling & testing fluid power systems (optional)
  • Maintaining fluid power equipment
  • Maintaining electrical equipment / systems
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits  
  • Wiring and testing programmable controller based systems
  • General turning, milling and welding applications (optional)

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through exams (10%) and assignments (written or practical) (90%).


You will gain the following qualifications:

  • Engineering BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) EAL Level 2 Diploma
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician (Development Competence) EAL Level 3 Diploma

Further study and career options

Course progression:
On successful completion you could progress on to the HNC in Engineering.

Career progression:
Alternatively, you could enter employment as an Engineering Maintenance Supervisor or Manager.

Additional information

Your employer will provide PPE.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
4 years Flexible Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street W425


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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