Automation and controls engineering technician apprenticeship

Install and maintain hardware and software for automation systems

The automation and controls engineering technician role is found across the automotive, food and drink, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and construction sectors. Its purpose is twofold. Where the role is based inside a manufacturing, logistics or utilities environment, you’ll install, maintain, fault find and optimise hardware and software for automation systems. Where it’s based in a service provider, original equipment manufacturer or approved solutions provider, you’ll interface between the vendor and its customer and will provide high-quality engineering services such as installation, commissioning, fault-finding and support. In both roles during the automation and controls engineering technician apprenticeship, you’ll work on a range of hardware, such as programmable logic controllers, human-machine interfaces, robots and industrial networks. The use of physical tools, software tools and instruments is fundamental to carrying out tasks associated with building, installing and maintaining automation systems.


Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: ICT and engineering

Entry requirements for the automation and controls engineering technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £29,000 per annum

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