Engineering Apprenticeship
Starting Salary: £15,000 -£36,000 (once qualified)
Qualification: NVQ or a Standard depending on the Apprenticeship
Length: Approx 1 Year
Type: Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Overview

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, 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.

Entry Requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship – 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent.

Advanced Apprenticeship – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent. These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer.

As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview.

Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.

Job Roles

Intermediate / Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Aircraft Systems Fitter
  • Aero Engine Fitter/ Tester
  • Composite technician
  • Specialist Welder
  • Metrology Inspector
  • Skilled Machinist
  • Tool-maker
  • Metal Forger
  • Composite Technician
  • Pipe Fitter and Assembler
  • Marine Electrician
  • Fluid Power Maintenance Technician
  • Plant and Systems Maintenance Technician
  • Process Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Measurement and Control Technician
  • CNC/NC Wood Machinist
  • NVQ or a Standard if doing one of the following Apprenticeships: Engineering Technician Level 3, Welding Level 2 and 3
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Other information

An Engineering Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry in order for you to progress within your career.

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