Use digital technology and information effectively and securely

Business Sectors (Suites): Common standards for the Engineering Construction Industry,Condition Monitoring,Constructing Capital Plant Steel Structures - Erecting,Fabricating Steel Structures (Plating),Installation, Testing and Commissioning of Electrical Systems and Equipment (Plant),Installing Plant and Systems - Mechanical,Installing Plant and Systems - Pipefitting,Installing Plant and Systems – Small bore tubing occupations,Maintaining Plant and Systems - Electrical,Maintaining Plant and Systems - Mechanical,Moving Loads,Non Destructive Testing,Small Bore Tubing Installation and Maintenance,Welding Plate and Pipework,Welding Supervision,Maintaining Plant and Systems - Instrumentation and controls
Developed by: ECITB
Approved on: 31 Oct 2020


This standard is about knowing how to interpret and following work related specifications, instructions, documentation and procedures, understanding why it is particularly important to follow handover procedures and to complete documentation correctly. 

You need to work safely and effectively at all times, interpreting and following work related documentation and following procedures which should ensure that you: deliver as required, meet the required quality and, adhere to health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and safe working practices.

In the context of this standard, your responsibility is to interpret and follow work instructions, following given procedures which have been developed by specialists within your organisation.  If there is an instance where the work related documentation or procedure cannot be met or where a variation from them is required, you remain responsible for identifying and reporting this in accordance with your company process. 

Who this standard is for
This standard is for those that work in technical and craft roles throughout engineering construction including maintenance technicians (mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and controls), installers (mechanical, electrical and pipe), platers, welders, steel erectors, riggers, those that move loads, NDT technicians, onsite machinists and those that monitor the condition of plant and systems.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

1. use **digital information** and technology securely, according to company procedures 2. search, find and use work-related digital information, as requested by a supervisor, to support delivery of work-related tasks 3. handle digital content in order to **communicate information**, as required for your role in accordance with requests or procedures 4. operate relevant digital technology and equipment, as relevant to your role  5. use technology to save and send digital information, in accordance with procedures 6. access appropriate help and support when problems with digital technology arise 7. use a range of **available technology for training** and professional development 

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

1. the need for security of digital data and technology in the workplace, the reasons for and importance of this, including relevant legal aspects  2. permission levels related to data access  3. the role of passwords in data security and how to manage passwords effectively, as appropriate for your role 4. how to use software and digital systems necessary for your role 5. how to use digital technology and equipment necessary for your role  6. how to search online, safely and appropriately to find digital **information related to your role ** 7. how to handle digital content and online information, as relevant to your role  8. understand how to verify if information, related to the task in hand and job role, is appropriate and correct 9. how to learn and work and remotely using IT 10. the benefits of e-learning and immersive technology for training and professional development and how to use and access this


**Digital information**
This could include
* documents * reports * photos of equipment * diagrams * images * tables, charts and spreadsheets * test results * images of defects * videos of how to use and how to repair engineering equipment * manufacturer’s information * health and safety induction * safety presentations on entry to a site * training packages
**Communicate information**
This could mean:
* taking and sending images or videos for work * creating, writing, editing, reading documents and reports * inputting information into digital devices * submitting information online  * saving information and documents * receiving and sending digital information
**Available technology for training**
This could include:
* online meetings * e-learning * online training * virtual classrooms * immersive technology such as virtual reality and augmented reality
**Information related to your role**
This could include:
* manuals * problem solving help * troubleshooting * internal and external websites

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Oct 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Condition Monitoring Practitioner, Electrical Fitter, Electrical Maintenance Technician, Engineer, Installation Engineer, Instrument and Control Engineer, Instrument and Control Maintenance Technician, Instrumentation Installer/Engineer, Maintenance Engineer, Mechanical Fitter, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, NDT Technician, Onsite Machinist, Pipe Fitter, Pipefitter, Plater, Rigger, Slinger and Lifter, Small Bore Tubing Installation Technician, Steel Erector, Welder, Welding Engineer, Welding Operative, Welding Supervisor, Welding Technician, Maintenance Engineers

SOC Code



Digital information; technology; elearning; data security; permission levels; passwords; data access; data security; virtual reality; engineering construction; e-learning; immersive technology; installation; Electrical maintenance; Onsite machining; NDT;