What is CAP Engineer?


What is CAP Engineer?

Posted on 27 April 2023

What is a CAP Engineer?

A CAP (Competent Assessed Person) engineer is responsible for planning, managing and conducting thorough examinations of powered access platforms.

Training and Qualifications

Individuals need to be fully trained to undertake this role. The one-day IPAF CAP Training  Programme provides an advanced level of assessment leading to certification demonstrating candidates are skilled in undertaking statutoryinspections and examination of MEWPs, MCWPs or Construction Hoists (CHs), to the highest specification, as stipulated by regulations and legislation.  

The IPAF CAP training programme certification carries high status and is recognised by the powered access industry as confirmation of an engineer’s proficiency, experience, and commitment to excellence whilst promoting a ‘safety culture’ to machine maintenance and operations. 

As a CAP Engineer you may also hold a PAL Card (Powered Access License card), IPAF licence or a IPAF Card (International Powered Access Federation).

If you are interested in becoming a CAP qualified engineer you will need four years of engineering experience, this can include any apprenticeships taken. You will also need at least one year’s continuous MWCP (Mast Climbing Work Platforms), MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platforms), HOIST engineering experience.

Some of your day-to-day duties will include the following: 

  • Carry out pre-delivery inspections (PDIs), servicing, LOLER inspections, repairs, and maintain the fleet of rental equipment.

  • Work closely with the yard staff to ensure that all machines are in excellent operating condition.

  • Adhere to Health & Safety requirements.

  • If mobile, you will be required to visit customer sites attending breakdowns.

Is it worth being capped qualified?

Benefits for you: It carries high status and adds value to your CV. CAP Engineers are in high demand so you would be popular with employers!

Benefits for the employer: It can help save costs because inspections can be carried out internally by their team instead of making external arrangements.

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