Engineering Manufacturing Technician (Level 4 Standard)
|Mode of study||Apprenticeship|
|Campus||London Road Campus|
|Start date||1 August 2022|
|Course code||PLR4UMT (APPO)|
Who is it for?
This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data.
They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with their line manager to confirm departmental programmes of work and to agree individual responsibilities. This, in turn, will align with an overarching organisational resource and delivery plan. Their time will be spent between working in an office environment and working in the manufacturing environment or visiting customers or suppliers as and when required. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time at the agreed cost.
Examples of the job titles from across the engineering and manufacturing sector that would be covered within this standard are:
- Manufacturing Production Engineer
- Manufacturing Procurement Engineer
- Quality Engineer
- Costing Engineer
- Test and Commissioning Engineer
- Installation Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Production Support Engineer
In order to complete this engineering Apprenticeship, you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in Maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards this qualification. To apply for this Apprenticeship, you must have obtained both Mmaths and English at a Grade 5 or above, prior to enrolment onto this course and have completed a Level 3 Engineering qualification.
What does the course involve?
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How is the course assessed?
This engineering manufacturing Apprenticeship is taught at our London Road Campus at the dedicated Higher Education Centre. Delivered on a day release basis over the first two years, the qualification is HNC in a variety of engineering specialisms. In addition, you will be visited at your workplace regularly by your assessor for the duration of the apprenticeship, assessing your work based competency and reviewing progress with your employer. You will be required to sit an End Point Assessment towards the final stages of your programme, to ensure you have obtained the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to do your job effectively.
Typically, this engineering manufacturing Apprenticeship will take 42 months to complete, 2 years day release with the remainder focussing on practical application.
Mandatory qualification included within this Apprenticeship: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (HNC).
What do I do next?
A Level Product Design (Maths, Physics)
Previous school: The Priory School
Product Design gives you a lot of options for your future. I enjoyed the project where we had to make something out of a generic Ikea stool – I created an adjustable table. After College I would like to do an Apprenticeship with JLR.
A Level Product Design (Media Studies and Music)
Previous school: Belvidere School
I took Product Design at A Level because I was inspired by my GCSE teacher. I really enjoy how hands on the subject is and using the computers to bring your designs to life. You can explore your creative side in a relaxed environment.
Level 2 Fabrication and Welding
Previous school: Charlton School
I’m a practical person, so I wanted to do something with my hands. I didn’t have any experience before, but the teachers were really good at guiding me through. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the fact that the staff let me work to my own pace really helped. I have now secured an Apprenticeship with Caterpillar in Shrewsbury, and I can see myself being there for some time. I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened unless I’d been on this course as at my interview they seemed really impressed with what I was doing.
Level 3 in Engineering
Previous school: Holy Trinity School, Telford
Level 2 was mostly practical and this year on Level 3 there is a lot of theory and it's preparing me for university. I live outside of Shrewsbury and the transport links to the College are good.
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