Level 6 Food and Drink Advanced Engineer

Introduction to the Apprenticeship

Food and Drink Advanced Engineers deliver efficient, effective, and high performance food and drink production processes and systems, many of which are specific to the industry. Combining engineering competence with an understanding of the principles of food safety, science, and technology their focus is on developing and designing improved production systems, which are safe to operate and environmentally sustainable. They use advanced production and processing techniques and project management skills to deliver new projects on time, to budget, and at the required quality.

Roles may vary across food and drink organisations, from infrastructure, asset care, production management and process development. They may work closely with a range of other engineers, functions, and managers in their own company, while interacting with external equipment and ingredient providers. They contribute to business strategy and performance as leaders of teams and may have core knowledge, skills, and specialist experitise in disciplines such as mechanical, automation, or production engineering.

Typical job titles include: Food and Drink Factory Engineering Manager, Food and Drink Process Engineering Manager, Food and Drink Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Food and Drink Group Engineering Manager, Food and Drink Reliability Manager, and Food and Drink Project Engineering Manager.

Apprenticeship Standard


Apprenticeship Qualification


Materials Science for Food Engineers
CAD & Technical Drawing
Mathematics for Engineers
Health & Safety, Energy and the Environment
Statistics & Dynamics
Introduction to Robotics
Electrical Technology
Food Safety, Quality Assurance and HACCP

Applied Thermofluids
Control Systems
Food Packaging Systems and Machinery
Hygienic Design and Cleaning Systems
Unit Operations and Food Process Engineering
Dynamics or Analogue Electronics
Solid Body Mechanics or Digital Systems

Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement
Automation and Robotics for the Food Industry
Advanced Food Sector Business, Finance, People and Performance

Industry Project (EPA)
Automation Option: Food Process Control and Automation
Production Option: Food Process Systems
Mechanical Option: Equipment and Process Design

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