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NOCN EPA Science Industry Maintenance Technician

This NOCN EPA will assess the competency of an Science Industry Maintenance Technician apprentice against the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviors specified in the Standard.

  • Reference: Science Industry Maintenance Technician
  • Level: 3

Duration: 36-42 Months • Funding Band: 15 • Maximum Funding: £27,000


A Science Industry Maintenance Technician contributes to the fault free and safe operation of science industry plant by the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment. As well as core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to understand and follow working practices that are specific to the safety critical science industry.

They may work in varied conditions including using specialist safety equipment, shift work and on sites running 365 day operations. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of a maintenance team. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake.

They may be part of in house maintenance teams or engineering maintenance contractor teams who work for different companies across the science industry. Science industry maintenance technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Most candidates will have achieved grade C or above in English and Maths and a STEM-related subject at Level 2 prior to commencement of apprenticeship.

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