Science industry maintenance technician apprenticeship

In any science industry plant or factory it is crucial that all equipment and machinery is properly maintained to ensure that it runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and to prevent breakdowns – which are costly both in terms of repair and loss of productivity.

Science industry maintenance technicians contribute to the fault-free and safe operation of science industry plant through installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment and instrumentation. They will find solutions to problems and identify areas for improving their work environment. As well as having core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to understand and follow working practices that are specific to the safety-critical science industry.

As an apprentice maintenance technician you could find yourself working in a wide range of companies within the science industry, including, but not limited to, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing. Wherever you work, you will be subject to inspection by the regulator for your industry, such as the Health and Safety Executive or Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, and as an apprentice you will be expected to comply with safety and regulatory requirements at all times.

Your work conditions will vary but might include using specialist safety equipment, shift work and working on sites that run operations for 365 days of the year. You will be expected to work both individually and as part of a maintenance team, with minimum supervision, and to take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work you undertake. You may be part of an in-house maintenance team or an engineering maintenance contractor team that works for different companies across the science industry.

On average, it will take between 3 and 4 years to complete a science industry maintenance technician aprenticeship.

Level:

Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£17,000–20,000

Job role:

Science industry maintenance technician (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation)

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