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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 (FDME) 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.

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

FDME Assessment Details

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Available support guides for this standard to help you and your learners.

Information for apprentices

Support documents are there to help prepare apprentices for the End-point Assessment (EPA).









FDQ Guide to EPA

The Guide to EPA was created to give all parties guidance, support and a full understanding of the Level 3 Food and Drink Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship Standard EPA requirements.

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