This is a work-based apprenticeship course designed to help you become a chartered engineer. You will study two engineering courses on a day release basis at College over a three-year period. The courses will be a Foundation Degree in Integrated Engineering and a BEng (Hons) in Engineering. You should be in a relevant job role and be employed for 30+ hours a week.
As a product design and development engineer, you will be using engineering techniques to bring new products to life or redesign existing products.
The combination of your university-level courses and your job will enable you to meet a national apprenticeship standard, subject to successful completion of an end-point assessment at the end of your apprenticeship.
Successful completion will normally take three years part time.
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will seek to mitigate risks to health by applying social distancing and other government guidelines and continuing to respond to the changing public health situation through appropriate changes to our courses, services and facilities. Where official guidance or concerns for the health of students and staff demand it, we will review our approach.
In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A-levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical-based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics-related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC.
The Product Design and Development Technician Apprenticeship also provides a potential preparation route for this degree.
Course content for the Foundation Degree will include:
Course content on the degree course will include:
You will be assessed by a mixture of assignment-based coursework and exams.
There are no further costs.
You can study for a masters degree at a university.
This apprenticeship standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.
Apprentices can further their career as professional project managers within an engineering organisation.
Former Derby College welding student Lizzy Henry is proud to be one of just 20 applicants nationally to join Doosan Babcock’s first year apprenticeship scheme.
Around 500 people applied to become an apprentice with the leading power engineering systems business – and of the handful selected, five were from the same level 3 welding course at the College’s Ilkeston site.
Lizzy, who is 19 and from Allenton, puts this success partly down to the support and encouragement she and her fellow students received from college staff.
She said: “Sean Smith, our tutor, was really helpful when we were applying to Doosan. He told us about the apprenticeships and gave us an idea of what to expect from the interview – what questions we might be asked.”
And, she added, this help and support wasn’t confined to the course content.
“Our tutors were great. Sean didn’t just teach us about engineering. We learned life skills as well, such as how to manage money, pensions and the different roles we could aim for – things I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.”
Lizzy, who is finding her apprenticeship challenging but enjoyable, would like to see more girls training for a career in engineering.
She said: “There are four girl apprentices in my year at Doosan. That’s more than there were on my College course, which is different, but there still aren’t many girls training to be welders. It’s time that changed.
I’m from a big family and have four sisters. They’ve seen how much I like my work and have started asking about jobs in engineering.”
Lizzy’s longer-term goal is to aim aim high and work her way up from coded welder to supervisor once she’s qualified and had a few years on-site experience.
Our tutors were great. Sean didn’t just teach us about engineering. We learned life skills as well, such as how to manage money, pensions and the different roles we could aim for – things I wouldn’t have known about otherwise.