Level 7 Materials Process Engineer


Materials Process Engineer (Degree) (ST0659/V1.0) is a Level 7 apprenticeship with an average time on programme of 24months.  

The standard is assessed through a work-based project (comprising of project report, presentation and quesionning), a professional discussion and a multiple-choice knowledge test.  The End Point Assessment period is 9 months.

In order to pass gateway and move to the end point assessment phase the employer must be satisfied that the apprentice is consistenly working at or above the level of the occupational standard and apprentices must evidence English and Maths qualifications at Level 2, an MSc in Manufacturing Technology & Management and agree a project outline and scope with their employer and PIABC.

Occupation Summary

This occupation is found in a wide variety of Thermal Process related fields including Casting, Forging, Machining, Coating, Heat treatment and Surface Finishing processes. These specialist areas are also found in a wide range of industries where materials and their processes are fundamental to the technology. Industries as diverse as Medical, Defence, Energy, Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Nuclear all incorporate the skills of Materials Process Engineers.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to perform a role which is unique to the materials/manufacturing community, controlling and managing the complex manufacturing processes and support services that are applied to products for the automotive, aerospace, medical, energy and construction sectors. They do this by collecting and organising all the information needed to understand the whole problem, exploring it from all angles, and then finding the most appropriate solution for integration into a sustainable product life cycle. 

A Materials Process Engineer might typically work in either the problem definition or solution provider environments, making critical decisions in the process and utilities to produce high-quality, cost-effective parts and systems, then testing and accepting the designed solutions. They provide essential support to their associated businesses providing guidance and leadership in improving company metrics of quality, delivery, new product introduction and support key financial and business decisions.

End Point Assessment

Work Based Project (comprising of Project Report, Presentation and Questioning)

Summary Report - The report should comprise of 8,000 words (+/-10%). The report will be reviewed by PIABC prior to the presentation taking place.
Presentation of Project - The presentation will be made to the independent assessor. The presentation and questioning will last for 60 minutes, which will include 20 minutes for delivery of the presentation, then 40 minutes of questioning (minimum of 10 questions). 

Professional Discussion

The professional discussion between the apprentice and independent assessor will last for 60 minutes. It is to enable to apprentice to demonstrate their competence and excellence and cover the KSBs assigned to the professional discussion. The independent assessor will ask a minimum of ten open questions

Knowledge & Skills Test

The test will consist of 25 questions. These questions will consist of 5 open questions requiring short, structured answers, 5 scenario/case study questions and 15 multiple-choice questions. The apprentice has 60 minutes to complete. The test is closed book.

Order of Assessment Methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order and results of one assessment method do not need to be known before starting the next.


The standard is graded overall as distinction, pass or fail.

Assessment Plan

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