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Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer 
End-point Assessment

Food and Drink Maintenance Engineers fulfil a vital role in food manufacturing. They keep production lines running safely and efficiently, whilst complying with food safety legislation in a highly regulated industry.

Depending on the products being produced companies either employ Mechanical Maintenance Engineers or Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineers. Both work with mechanical and electrical equipment and production systems. The multi-skilled engineer also works on programmable control systems.

Day to day responsibilities include routine production line maintenance, fault-finding and diagnosis and the testing and commissioning of machinery.


The end-point assessment (EPA) for the Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship consists of three elements:

  • A written knowledge test answered through a combination of multiple-choice questions and extended answer questions

  • Practical tests made up of at least three 60-minute work-based observations and a work-based, job-related project

  • A professional dialogue and interview, lasting 45-60 minutes and undertaken after all other end-point assessment components have been successfully completed.

The assessments take place in the final twelve weeks of the apprenticeship, after the EPA gateway.

To view the qualification specification please click here

The standard charge for EPA is 15-20% of the IfATE maximum funding rate, to view FDQ's Fee's Policy click here

Find Out More

To find out exactly what’s involved in the Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer apprenticeship and end-point assessment download the standard
and assessment plan

If you’d like to discuss the maintenance engineer end-point assessment why not call one of our friendly EPA team on 0113 3970 395 or email us at

Take a look at our helpful guides below


Why FDQ?

As a food specialist awarding body FDQ are focussed on supporting the food and drink industry. This means we provide the knowledge and understanding of the industry you and your apprentices need. For example, we know you have to consider shift patterns, health and safety requirements and production targets when planning end-point assessments. That’s why our EPA service is 24/7 – to give you maximum flexibility to schedule an assessment that won’t disrupt your day to day operation.

Added to that all FDQ’s independent examiners are experts in their field. Many have training experience with major manufacturers, so they have in-depth knowledge of the food production environment. This means they’ll be able to guide you and your apprentice through the EPA process, so there’s no nasty surprises. You’ll also have access to our extensive support materials, such as preparation guides and mock exams. It all helps to give your Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer apprentice the best chance of success.