This is a work-based apprenticeship course designed to help you become a manufacturing technician. You will study an engineering course on a day release basis at College over a two-year period. The course will be a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering. You should be in a relevant job role and be employed for 30+ hours per week.
As a manufacturing technician, you will be supporting the manufacturing of new products by bringing them to life and resolving manufacturing problems.
The combination of your university-level course 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 a minimum of two years part time.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have five GCSEs at grade C (grade 4/5 in the new numerical GCSE grading system) or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at Level 3.
As further guidance, the level of Mathematics has an advisory GCSE level of grade B (grade 5/6 in the new numerical GCSE grading system).
To be awarded the Higher National Certificate, students must complete the following four mandatory modules:
They must also complete a minimum of four optional modules. Examples are shown below:
Your knowledge and understanding for all modules will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include written work such as assignments and presentations.
All assignment activity will support you in developing skills in academic writing, verbal presentations, team work and analysis. The College offers a comprehensive development programme as part of your studies to support your progression in these areas.
Apprentices will also be assessed against the knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the apprenticeship standard in preparation for the End Point Assessment (EPA).
The level of independent research and critical thinking completed on this course, as well as the assessment methodology, helps to prepare students for further study at Level 5 or degree level.
As a vocational qualification, the HNC also provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace and may lead to opportunities for career progression after completion of the apprenticeship.
Derby College higher apprentice Tyrone Smith is making great progress in his maintenance engineering career.
He was recently promoted to plant engineer with his employer, Derby-based bearings manufacturer Exalto UK, after joining the firm five years ago initially as a Maintenance Engineering apprentice.
Now aged 22, Tyrone said: “The plan after school was to to train as a plumber in the army, but for medical reasons I couldn’t join up so instead I enrolled on the full-time level 2 Plumbing at Derby College.
“While on that course we were advised to find a plumbing apprenticeship. I applied to a few places and after passing several interview stages, was taken on by Exalto UK which manufactures bearings for the pump and marine industries.
“I completed the Maintenance Operation Engineering Technician level 3 apprenticeship, attending the Roundhouse on day release.
“Derby College taught me the fundamental things I needed to know as the bearing industry is completely different to plumbing. Obviously as I spent more time in the job, my knowledge grew, but college helped me, especially at the beginning when it was all new.”
In his role as plant engineer, Tyrone is responsible for checking all work going through the workshop and liaising with the production co-ordinator to ensure that the required tooling is ready and that all machinery is working correctly. He is also involved in training Exalto’s new employees.
Tyrone is now busy studying for a foundation degree before taking a top up BEng degree in Manufacturing Engineering at the Roundhouse.
He added: “There is a lot of theory to learn on this course, and, going from a level 3 to a level 4 is not just a step up, it’s quite a jump. Fortunately, the support is always there from our tutors if and when we need it.”
Exalto UK has been working with Derby College for five years. In addition to Tyrone, it currently employs two other apprentices and, says the company, will most likely take on another apprentice in 2022.
Mike Cosgrove, business manager at Exalto UK added: “Working with Derby College to train our apprentices has enabled us to improve the skill levels within the company, allowing us to gain higher value business from many new customers.”
Derby College taught me the fundamental things I needed to know as the bearing industry is completely different to plumbing. Obviously as I spent more time in the job, my knowledge grew, but college helped me, especially at the beginning when it was all new.