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Engineering and manufacturing

Engineering and manufacturing

This section summarises the occupations that have been added and removed from the Engineering and Manufacturing occupational map as a result of the consultation, and responds to additional comments that were submitted.

Breakdown of respondents

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Summary of responses

Respondents proposed additional occupations for inclusion on the map, and after analysis, the following occupations have been added as standards awaiting development:

  • Electrical Maintenance, (Level 3)
  • Materials Engineer, (Level 6), (added as Materials Science and Technology Professional L6)
  • Electronic Engineer, (Level 6) (added as Electronic Systems Principal Engineer L7)
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Simulation and Modelling Engineer
  • Medical Device / Medical Engineer, (Level 6)
  • Lean Manufacturing Professional (Level 6/7)
  • Fabrication Technologist and Welding Technologist (Level 4 or above)
  • Caravan and Trailer technician

The following occupations were proposed for inclusion; however Institute and route panel analysis concluded that they were likely to be covered by existing standards or standards under development:

  • Mechanical and Electrical Fitter.

The following occupations were proposed for inclusion, however Institute and route panel analysis concluded that there is insufficient evidence at this time for these to be considered as occupations for the development of apprenticeship standards:

  • Circuit Designer
  • Assembler

Respondents suggested that the standards below should sit on the Business and Administration route. Following consultation with the respective route panels, they have been moved.

  • Improvement Technician (Level 3)
  • Improvement Practitioner (Level 4)
  • Improvement Specialist (Level 5)
  • Improvement Leader (Level 6)

As referenced above, respondents suggested that Advanced Sewing Machinist should sit on the Engineering and Manufacturing route as it has very similar knowledge skills and behaviour to the Sewing Machinist (Level 2) standard. Following consultation with the respective route panels, this occupation has been moved.

Further comments

Respondents commented that Lean Manufacturing should be incorporated into a range of appropriate apprenticeship standards, as well as having a distinct standard at Level 6 or 7. The route panel will consider this as part of their review and approval of apprenticeship standards.

Respondents suggested that a Fashion and Textiles should be added. This will be considered as part of the Route review.

Respondents suggested that an Automotive Engineering pathway should be considered, however the route panel decided that the currently pathways sufficiently covered the occupations.

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