Engineering Technical Support

Engineering covers a wide range of sectors and activities, and is a fast moving and diverse industry with many occupational routes including a significant number of roles at Technician level, Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate level Apprenticeships can be supportive in meeting the needs of the sector in many areas of engineering skills requirements.

The Level 3 qualification is work based but candidates are required to attend college to complete an NC or HNC and this can take between 12 and 24 months depending on the chosen route.   The qualification structure requires the learner to complete common mandatory units within their chosen pathway followed by a number of optional units from a provided selection but additional units can be taken to meet a business’s needs.   There are 5 separate pathways under this framework.   The first 3 mandatory units apply to each pathway as listed below:

 

 

 

 

Full details of the qualification can be found on the SQA or EAL Website as appropriate using the following link :

Full details of the Modern Apprenticeship framework can be found on the Skills Development Scotland Website using this link :

Qualification Modern Apprenticeship
Awards Body EAL
SVQ Level 3
SCQF Level 6
Course Code GL3M 23
Mandatory Units

All 3 mandatory assessment routes must be completed

SETS3/001A Complying with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements
SETS3/002A Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
SETS3/003A Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
Optional Units

Pathway 1 – Computer Control Programming SETSA

Learners must complete a further 2 optional units (1 assessment route must be chosed from Group A and 1 from Group B) (total of 5 units) for this pathway 

Group A : One optional assessment route must be completed

SETS3/029A Providing operational support for computer control programs
SETS3/030A Loading and proving computer control programs

Group B : One optional assessment routes must be completed

SETS3/032A Producing off-line programmable logic controller equipment
SETS3/033A Producing operating programs for industrial robots
SETS3/034A Producing off-line programs for CNC laser profiling machines
SETS3/035A Producing off-line programs for CNC fabrication machines
SETS3/036A Producing off-line programs for CNC turning machines
SETS3/037A Producing off-line programs for CNC milling machines
SETS3/041A Producing off-line programs for CNC boring machines
SETS3/042A Producing off-line programs for CNC machining centres

 

Pathway 2 – Technical Services SETSB

Learners must complete 1 further mandatory assessment route and 3 optional assessment routes (optional assessment routes must be chosed as follows: at least 1 assessment route must be chosen from Group A (a total of 7 units) for this pathway 

The following mandatory assessment route must be completed

SETS3/043A Resolving engineering or manufacturing support problems

Group A : One optional assessment route must be completed

SETS3/044A Planning engineering activities
SETS3/045A Implementing engineering activities
SETS3/046A Monitoring engineering activities
SETS3/047A Producing technical information for engineering activities
SETS3/048A Obtaining resources for engineering activities
SETS3/049A Obtaining and controlling materials for engineering activities
SETS3/050A Providing technical sales and marketing support for engineering activities
SETS3/051A Implementing quality control systems and procedures in an engineering environment
SETS3/052A Scheduling engineering activities
SETS3/053A Determining engineering requirements for the supply of products or services
SETS3/054A Carrying out condition monitoring of engineering plant and equipment
SETS3/055A Carrying out fault diagnosis on engineering plant and equipment
SETS3/073A Supporting logistics operations in an engineering manufacturing environment

Group B :

SETS3/056A Providing technical advice and guidance on engineering activities
SETS3/057A Carrying out project management of engineering activities
SETS3/058A Handing over and exchanging responsibility for control of engineering activities
SETS3/060A Carrying out health and safety risk assessments on engineering activities
SETS3/061A Producing contractual arrangements to supply or procure goods or services for engineering activities
SETS3/074A Using and maintaining business procedures and protocols in an engineering environment

 

Pathway 3 – Engineering Drawing SETSC

Learners must complete 1 further optional assessment route (a total of 4 units) for this pathway 

One optional assessment route must be completed

SETS3/004A Producing mechanical engineering drawings using computer aided techniques
SETS3/005A Producing engineering drawings/models using 3d computer aided techniques
SETS3/006A Producing electrical engineering drawings using computer aided techniques
SETS3/007A Producing electronic engineering drawings using computer aided techniques
SETS3/008A Producing fabrication/structural engineering drawings using computer aided techniques
SETS3/009A Producing fluid power engineering drawings using computer aided techniques
SETS3/010A Producing engineering systems/services drawings using computer aided techniques

 

Pathway 4 – Quality Control SETSD

Learners must complete 1 further optional assessment route (a total of 4 units) for this pathway 

One optional assessment route must be completed

SETS3/011A Inspecting mechanical products
SETS3/012A Inspecting components using co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM)
SETS3/013A Inspecting fabricated components and structures
SETS3/014A Carrying out visual inspection of welding fabrications
SETS3/015A Inspecting and testing electrical products
SETS3/016A Inspecting and testing electronic products
SETS3/017A Checking and calibrating mechanical inspection equipment
SETS3/018A Checking and calibrating electrical and electronic test equipment
SETS3/019A Checking and calibrating process control instrumentation

 

Pathway 5 – Non-destructive Testing SETSE

Learners must complete 2 assessment routes from the optional section (2 assessment routes – 1 of the following pairs from Option Group A or 2 assessment routes from Option Group B (a total of 5 units) for this pathway 

Group A : One pair of optional assessment routes must be completed from either Group A or 2 assessment routes from Group B

SETS3/024A Preparing ultrasonic flaw detection equipment for testing activities
SETS3/025A Inspecting engineering products using ultrasonic testing techniques

OR

SETS3/026A Preparing work areas for radiographic testing activities
SETS3/027A Carrying out radiographic testing activities

Group B : Two optional assessment routes must be completed

SETS3/021A Specifying non-destructive testing instructions for inspection activities
SETS3/022A Inspecting engineering products by penetrant flaw detection techniques
SETS3/023A Inspecting engineering products by magnetic particle testing
SETS3/028A Analysing and interpreting the results of radiographic tests

 

Pathway 6 – Mechanical Testing SETSF

Learners must complete a further 3 mandatory assessment routes (a total of 6 units) for this pathway 

SETS3/075A Preparing mechanical testing equipment
SETS3/076A Carrying out mechanical testing
SETS3/077A Analysing and interpret the results of mechanical tests
Workplace Core Skills
F427 04 Communication at Level 5
F42B 04 Numeracy Level 5
F42F 04 Information and Communication Technology Level 5
F42K 04 Problem Solving Level 5
F42P 04 Working with Others Level 5
Restricted Combinations
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