A bus and coach technician will predominantly inspect, diagnose, repair and test equipment and systems on buses and coaches from different manufacturers. At the point of recruitment, a specific trade would be selected, i.e. mechanical, electrical coachbuilder or mechelec (a combination of mechanical and electrical). Engineering technicians work on all systems of the vehicles in respect of their specific trade. The work ranges from performing simple tasks, like replacing a part to solving complex faults often using diagnostic equipment. The tasks faced by a technician are constantly changing as vehicles become more complex with the introduction of new technologies and differing fuel types.
A bus and coach engineering technician will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:
How to inspect, diagnose and record defects to the applicable standard
Diagnostic principles based on logical, analytical interpretation leading to solving problems
Emerging bus and coach technologies and the impact they will have on the knowledge and skills technicians will require in the future
Current Health and Safety requirements and workshop practices
How to carry out high-quality road worthiness inspections specific to their trade
How the business works from an operational perspective and where their role fits within the business and how they contribute to the success of the organisation
Customer expectations delivering a safe, clean, reliable service
The requirements of attending and assessing roadside incidents
End-point assessment EPA) is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship this involves practical assessment, multi choice exam to test knowledge & oral questioning (professional discussion) to test apprentice behaviours development.
This may also require completion of a work based E-portfolio and completion of the 20% off-the-job training
It is recommended that, to optimise chances of selection, you demonstrate an interest in how the bus and coach industry operates as well as an ability to work in an organised and methodical way to analyse and solve problems; be able to demonstrate mechanical skills and an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Typically, you will have English and mathematics at Level 2 on entry, and all will have achieved that level prior to taking their end-point assessment (EPA). Apprentices who are recruited without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. Candidates who do not have Level 2 maths and English will need to work towards achieving these qualifications before they can complete the EPA.
This apprenticeship has been designed to meet the professional standards of the relevant professional bodies of the Engineering Council. On completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration as an engineering technician with a relevant professional body. You will also have the opportunity to progress to master technician, management or to develop in your current role.