Commercial catering equipment technician apprenticeship

Install, maintain and repair commercial catering equipment

During the Commercial catering equipment technician apprenticeship you’ll install, commission, maintain and repair commercial catering equipment, such as combination ovens, fryers, grills and griddles, cooking ranges, dishwashers and microwave ovens. Equipment may be gas or electrical and may involve plumbing and electronic controls. Installations involve unpacking and assembling equipment, connecting to suitable gas, electricity, water and drainage, and commissioning. Where an installation involves the removal of equipment, you’ll disconnect the redundant item, remove it to a safe area for disposal and make safe any services no longer required. On maintenance visits, you’ll visually inspect the equipment, check the services for any problems, carry out maintenance tasks as specified by the manufacturer, and test the equipment is functioning as designed. On repair visits, you’ll establish the problem from the customer, check the faulty item to confirm the problem, diagnose the fault, adjust, repair or replace faulty components, and test the equipment after repair to ensure that it is working correctly. Some technicians specialise in certain types of equipment, but the majority will work across a wide spectrum.


Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements for the commercial catering equipment technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer. Gas safety training and qualification may be required, as well as a driving licence for private/light goods vehicles and a Disclosure and Barring Service check

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £32,000 per annum

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