On a road transport engineering manager apprenticeship you’ll oversee the road transport engineering department of a bus, coach or commercial vehicle operator.
The road transport engineering manager is responsible for ensuring that the road transport engineering department operates safely, effectively, and efficiently to support the business’s operational needs following health and safety regulations, relevant industry regulations, and codes of practice.
You will be responsible for ensuring that the vehicle fleet is safe, reliable, and roadworthy in compliance with all organisational and regulatory requirements in this job. You’ll get a complete understanding of all of the processes involved in bus and coach or commercial vehicle engineering, and you’ll aspire to be able to review working techniques in the depot regularly, efficiently manage infrastructure and resources, and control environmental impact.
You will also apply engineering approaches to optimise vehicle performance and execute preventative maintenance. You will keep track of both personnel and financial performance as a manager.
What you’ll learn
On a road transport engineering manager apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:
- Create a timeline for organising and controlling the fleet maintenance schedule so that a safe, clean, legal, and reliable vehicle fleet is available on time while satisfying operational performance goals.
- Actively collaborate with drivers, as well as internal and external customers such as vehicle inspectors.
- Prioritise and address breakdown and maintenance issues safely, timely, and efficiently, including unexpected events such as accidents, breakdowns, and driver defect reports.
- Monitor the efficiency of depot engineering activities, making ideas for quality, process, and/or cost management changes to reduce the number and severity of failures.
- Ensure that colleagues and team members adhere to health, safety, and security standards as well as industry best practises, proactively seeking chances to identify and remove hazards, and adopting measures to reduce the occurrence of future occurrences.
- Manage employee performance through leading by example and building an environment that encourages and supports continuous improvement, as well as confronting poor performance.
- Create and manage an engineering budget that creates and accomplishes realistic budget targets while maintaining performance and customer service standards.
- Manage garbage storage, collection, and disposal in compliance with business policy and current legislative requirements, and study new methods to improve waste management and decrease environmental impact regularly.
- Establish successful connections with all stakeholders, including internal colleagues, suppliers, manufacturers, and regulators, by adjusting to the demands of a range of audiences, presenting information clearly and simply, and identifying critical areas for action.
- Prepare and deliver great reports professionally and confidently, using software programmes and demonstrating information technology skills.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks on a road transport engineering manager apprenticeship could be to:
- Initiate preventative maintenance.
- Check vehicle and replace defective parts.
- Prevent breakdowns wherever possible.
You’ll usually need:
- Completion of a relevant apprenticeship at level 3, an appropriate equivalent qualification, or significant work experience in an engineering supervisory role.
The End Point Assessment consists of three distinct assessment methods:
- Written Exam
- Professional Discussion
- Business Research Project
You could work in an office or outside.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could specialise in other types of transport like rail, sea or air.
You could also move into transport planning and consultancy.
Duration: 36 months
Relevant school subjects: Maths, science and business studies
Entry requirements: Completion of a relevant apprenticeship at level 3, an appropriate equivalent qualification, or significant work experience in an engineering supervisory role
Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree
Potential salary upon completion: £45,000 per annum
More information about the Level 4 Road Transport Engineering Manager Apprenticeship standard can be found here.
Apprenticeship End Point Assessment
For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.