L4 Space Apprenticeship

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Space engineering technician apprenticeship standard (L4)
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Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
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Relevant compentencies

Note that this is not a complete list of the competencies in the L4 Space Apprenticeship, just ones that are relevant to SpaceCRAFT.

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L4 Space Apprenticeship competency SpaceCRAFT competencies
B1 Takes personal responsibility and is resilient. For example, disciplined and responsible approach to risk, works diligently regardless of how much they are being supervised, accepts responsibility for managing their own time and workload and stays motivated and committed when facing challenges. SCF-53 Be resilient
B2 Focuses on quality and problem solving. For example, demonstrates attention to detail and seeks opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency. SCF-52 Problem solve
B3 Committed to continuous personal improvement. For example, reflects on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapts to different situations, environments or technologies and has a positive attitude to feedback and advice. SCF-55 Self-reflect
B5 Performs through co-operation and works effectively in teams. For example, has a clear understanding of role; voluntarily engages in open communication with team colleagues and line management; identifies individual contributions that can be made to reach collective goals; supports meetings and work sessions on request. Adopts a positive attitude to working with others, and supports discussion with facts and logic, and considers implications of their actions on other people and the business. SCF-48 Work with others
B6 Interacts appropriately with stakeholders. For example, works to understand stakeholder requirements and perspectives, and can present work positively and with confidence. SCF-50 Communicate effectively
B7 Uses a safety first approach in order to comply with legislative and company health, safety and environment requirements. SCF-25 Follow regulations
K1 Spacecraft systems including power, attitude control, thermal, communications, data handling and propulsion. SCF-1 Understand spacecraft flight mechanics
K3 Relationships between customers, partners and suppliers in the international space engineering and manufacturing sector. SCF-35 Meet commercial requirements
K4 Space system assembly, integration and test procedures, processes, techniques and tools such as vibration, thermal vacuum, electromagnetic compatibility. SCF-9 Contribute to technical processes
K5 Purpose of approved processes, components, parts and materials lists and verification control documentation. SCF-19 Interpret technical documents
K6 Ground support equipment and systems including electrical and electronic test equipment and mechanical handling equipment. SCF-24 Test components
K7 Mechanical, electrical and electronic analysis and testing principles, including space industry specific test standards. SCF-24 Test components
K8 Properties, handling and application of space qualified materials including Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) precautions. SCF-18 Understand material properties
K9 Quality and product assurance principles in space projects. SCF-25 Follow regulations
K10 Principles, processes and techniques for thermal vacuum, electromagnetic compatibility, shock, vibration and acoustic testing. SCF-24 Test components
K12 Configuration and document management control processes including issue control, incorporation of change and end item data pack. SCF-19 Interpret technical documents
K14 The space environment including thermal, vacuum, radiation, atomic oxygen and launch operations. SCF-2 Understand impact of the space environment on spacecraft design
K15 Precision and uncertainty in measurement systems, including limitations and appropriate use. SCF-23 Measure components
K17 Disciplines and handling in cleanliness and contamination controlled environments. SCF-21 Maintain systems
K18 Application of risk assessment at point of work. SCF-25 Follow regulations
S1 Prepare and complete documentation including work instruction, build and change records, risk assessments and non-conformance reports in compliance with applicable space industry processes and standards. SCF-19 Interpret technical documents
S2 Contribute to technical reviews such as assembly, integration and test readiness, and non-conformance reviews. SCF-47 Lead technical processes
S3 Assemble, integrate and test at equipment, subsystem and system level. SCF-24 Test components
S4 Support and maintain ground support systems for spacecraft and subsystems. SCF-21 Maintain systems
S5 Interpret outputs from manufacturing software such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) and Product Data Management or Product Lifecycle Management (PDM, PLM). SCF-4 Design components
S6 Solve problems using procedures and methodologies commonly applied in the space engineering sector, such as Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle, 8-Disciplines (8D), Ishikawa fishbone diagrams. SCF-52 Problem solve
S7 Contribute to the definition of space engineering process improvement plans. SCF-9 Contribute to technical processes
S8 Use internal and external quality management systems including Non-Conformance Reports (NCRs), production documentation, and published standards applicable to space engineering and manufacture such as EN9100, ISO9001. SCF-25 Follow regulations
S9 Read, extract and interpret technical documentation (such as work plans or project plans, schedules, drawings, test plans, specifications, production data, quality reports, costing data, statistical information, assembly instructions and requirements) drawing accurate conclusions and making informed decisions, seeking clarification where required. SCF-19 Interpret technical documents
S10 Perform electrical and electronic measurement and testing using equipment such as voltmeters, spectrum analysers, oscilloscopes. SCF-24 Test components
S12 Carry out assembly and functional testing of products such as electronics boards and mechanical assemblies, to design specifications and space industry standards. SCF-24 Test components
S13 Inspect electrical, mechanical or electronic equipment for quality assurance purposes. SCF-21 Maintain systems
S14 Use CAD software to create 3D models and part drawings to enable manufacture of components for spacecraft systems and ground support equipment. SCF-4 Design components
S15 Apply space industry procedures in facilities such as cleanrooms, workshops and testing facilities (for example, ECSS-Q-ST-70-50C Particles contamination monitoring for spacecraft systems and cleanrooms) in compliance with legislative and company health, safety and environment requirements. SCF-25 Follow regulations
S16 Measure, test and analyse, using instruments such as pressure gauges, micrometers, balances and non-contact approaches. SCF-23 Measure components
S17 Use and maintain vacuum and pressure systems for space applications (such as environmental test chambers, pressure-fed propulsion systems, and gas supply lines for manufacturing & testing) including associated processes and documentation such as piping and instrumentation diagrams. SCF-21 Maintain systems
S18 Use and maintain cryogenic systems for space applications (such as propulsion, subsystem thermal control and ground support activities) including associated processes and documentation, in compliance with legislative and company health, safety and environment requirements. SCF-21 Maintain systems
S19 Communicate using verbal and written methods such as for formal and informal presentations, written reports and electronic dissemination, adjusting approach to take account of equality and diversity considerations, and listen to others. SCF-50 Communicate effectively