Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance (1255)

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2018

Product code 1255

This qualification has been designed for the Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance apprenticeship standard.The standard has been developed by Employers including Nestle UK, Princes, Arla Foods (UK), Premier Foods, Mars, Haribo and Muller Dairy. It is aimed at anyone over the age of sixteen who would like to progress in a career in the Food and Drink manufacturing sector.

It covers the competence and knowledge requirements for a Food and Drink maintenance engineer and will take 36-42 months to complete. As this qualification covers both competence and knowledge the assessment will take place in both the work place and a College environment. To deliver this qualification you will need qualified assessors - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable apprentices to achieve the standard. This can lead to a career as a Maintenance Engineer in the Food and Drink manufacturing sector.


This qualification has two pathways, the first being 'Mechanical' and the second being 'Multi-Skilled' . For each pathway you will need to complete the following units:

•Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Compliance
•Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Best Practice
•Materials Science
•Mechanical Maintenance in Food and Drink Operations
•Producing Replacement Components for Food and Drink Operations
•Fluid Power Systems for Food and Drink Operations
•Welding Technologies for Food and Drink Operations
•Electrical Maintenance in Food and Drink Operations
•Services and Utilities within Food and Drink Operations
•Maths for Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance

For the 'Mechanical' pathway you will also complete the following units:

• Monitoring Mechanical Maintenance for Food and Drink operations
• Repairing and Producing Replacement Components in Food and Drink operations
• Welding skills for food and drink operations

For the 'Multi-Skilled' pathway you will also complete the following units:

• Electrical maintenance and testing in food and drink operations
• Automation in food and drink operations
•Understand the requirements of electrical installations BS7671 (2015)

End-point assessment

EPA is through the professional Engineering Institute which is the IMechE.

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