Downstream Maintenance Apprentice

Warrington, England, gb
Company: Cogent Skills
Category: Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Published on 2021-07-31 06:04:21


The Downstream Maintenance Apprentice undertakes the duties of the skilled Downstream Maintenance Technician in the petroleum industry whilst learning the required practical skills and underpinning knowledge as an apprentice.

These skills and competencies will include carrying out efficient and safe routine and non-routine maintenance activities on refinery plant and equipment to defined specifications and schedules. Electrical, mechanical and instrumentation aspects are included in the apprenticeship framework. The Apprentice will work under the guidance and supervision of the Maintenance Technician and other qualified staff for all the technical information relating to plant and equipment. The Apprentice will also attend classes at a college or other training provider to gain the required technical knowledge and qualifications.

Key Activities

The exact nature of the work will depend on the size of the employing organisation.

However, it will almost certainly involve:

  • Rotated through different refinery process units to gain experience of different plant and equipment to support achievement of the Apprenticeship.
  • Attendance at college to gain the required qualifications.
  • Entry Level

    One of the following:

  • GCSE achievement at A*-C, or equivalent.
  • A levels in science, maths, ICT or engineering.
  • Higher/Advanced Diploma in Manufacturing & Product Design.
  • Higher/Advanced Diploma in Engineering, or equivalent school/college qualifications.
  • Progression from a relevant Intermediate Level Apprenticeship and previous employment.
  • Industry Standard:

    One of the following:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Process Manufacturing - Process Engineering Maintenance Pathway (Level 3).
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Chemicals Manufacturing and Petroleum Industries (Level 3).
  • The Apprenticeship may also be completed at Intermediate level (Level 2) for Maintenance Operative roles.
  • Competencies

  • Aptitude for practical work, including science, technology, mechanics and using tools, and equipment.
  • Motivation to succeed in the industry.
  • Effective computing, literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Increasing knowledge and understanding of the maintenance, repair, service and installation of plant and equipment associated with the production of petroleum products as the apprenticeship progresses.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the company’s procedures and requirements for health and safety of self and others, and environmental protection.
  • Progression

  • Maintenance Technician.
  • Pay and Conditions

  • A National Minimum Wage for apprentices applies. The wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19; and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
  • Information about apprenticeship minimum wages is available at the National Apprenticeships Service website. Employers are free to pay above the new wage and many do.
  • Apprentices will be required to work under the same conditions as other refinery Technicians and Operatives, and this may include working in high hazard areas, working at heights, shift work, outdoors work, 365 day operations, and the wearing of safety clothes and equipment.
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