Engineering Apprenticeship: Student Guide

Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. Everything, from aeroplanes to buildings, comes back to engineering. This hugely diverse field can be divided into several sub-categories: aerospace, automotive, metals, electrical equipment, electronics, marine maintenance, and mechanical engineering. This Apprenticeship covers a range of job roles in these sub-categories.

On this Apprenticeship, the sort of work you’ll be doing will depend on your employer. Generally, engineering Apprentices will learn to take on an operator role in a certain area of engineering. This could involve anything from assembling car engines to installing telecommunications systems. Most duties will involve the maintenance of equipment and machinery.

Working in this field requires a good head for figures and IT literacy. You’ll need good written and verbal communication skills; and you’ll have to be a team player.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship you could work as an Electronics Maintenance Technician, carrying out planned and emergency fault diagnosis and maintenance, testing and repairing electronic equipment and circuits/communications equipment/instrumentation and control equipment, servicing equipment and carry out quality inspections.

You could also work as a Project Manager, planning, organising, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project objectives.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.

Intermediate Apprenticeship: The Apprentice will achieve one of the pathways and an additional three key skills in Application of number and communication and ICT. There is also a requirement for each Apprentice to complete a further two years at college on the associated pathway dependant of Apprenticeship route.

Advanced Apprenticeship: On successful completion of a Level 2 Apprenticeship there may be options to progress towards a Level 3 scheme. This is dependent on the range within the employment opportunity and the ability of the Apprentice demonstrated in previous years.

The Engineering Manufacture framework at Level 3 is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and competence requirements to operate at craft or technician level as appropriate within the following engineering sub-sectors: Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Metal goods and Other Transport Equipment.

Pathways on offer:

  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Engineering Technical Support
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Engineering Tool-making
  • Engineering Leadership

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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