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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 3

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Digital Engineering Technician's role is to produce detailed solutions to achieve the optimum performance of built environment projects via digital models and presentations using software, sketches and electronic visualisations. Apprentices will typically support Digital Engineers or other functional specialists in completing complex tasks using digital engineering techniques,  specifically:

  • virtualisation and simulation of design, construction and management of assets
  • digital measurement of design, production and management of assets
  • communication of complex engineering principles to stakeholders digitally
  • integration of construction data and information throughout the whole life cycle of the asset
  • adherence to the standards and regulation of digital information

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this apprenticeship will be five GCSEs at grade 4+ or equivalent, including Maths and English.

Employers may have their own specific entry requirements.


Course Content

Knowledge and Skills

  • Health and Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Engineering
  • Commercial and Financial
  • Design
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Planning
  • Quality
  • Construction Industry and Sector
  • Customer Care
  • Maintain and Operate
  • Knowledge Sharing



  • Professional Judgement
  • Commitment to Code of Ethics
  • Personal and Continuing Professional Development
  • Commitment to Equality and Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Work in Teams
  • Innovation and Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Personal Effectiveness

How will I be assessed?

1. Synoptic Project: This extended task will simulate aspects of the Digital Engineering Technician role with scenarios and problems that require input and action from the candidate. The synoptic project will assess the candidate in context, testing application of knowledge and understanding. This will create an opportunity to observe the practical skills of the candidate in real-time. 

2. Interview: The interview is the final stage of the EPA; this is competence-based, taking into account the results of the Synoptic Project stage. The assessor will determine and validate the evidence provided by the EPA portfolio. This summative assessment will involve reviewing the compilation of representative work-based outputs, which appropriately demonstrate how the candidate has learned and consistently applied the Digital Engineering Technician skills, knowledge and behaviours gathered toward the end of the apprenticeship. The assessor will probe areas such as behaviours and judgment. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No but PPE is a mandatory requirement

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could progress to a HNC or Higher Apprenticeship.



Senior Digital Engineer


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Maxine Dudley

Maxine Dudley

Derby College the right route for housebuilder Head of Technical, Maxine

Maxine Dudley, Head of Technical with UK housebuilder Linden Homes South West, left Derby College 30 years ago but still looks back fondly on her time there.  
She took ONC then HNC Building Studies at the college part-time over five years while working as an architectural apprentice at Derek Latham Architects in Derby.
And Maxine, who moved to Devon from her home city of Derby 25 years ago, is in no doubt she took the right route into a long and rewarding professional construction career.  
Maxine's qualifications have opened many doors for her, and during her career she’s held a variety of interesting roles, including architectural technician in the estates department of Manchester University.  
In more recent years she has worked in estates departments for local authorities and for several housebuilders, taking up her current position with Linden Homes South West 18 months ago.  
Her department works on the technical elements of a new development, delivering comprehensive information so that the production team can start building. This includes working on drawings for the house types, infrastructure and external works, as well as liaising with the legal team and statutory bodies to ensure Technical Agreements are in place.  
Maxine is also actively involved in promoting and highlighting the benefits of a career in housebuilding and construction to women and has sat on the judging panel of the Women in Property’s National Student Awards.

I enjoyed my apprenticeship and my time at Derby College. I loved drawing as a child, so my dad suggested that I should look at architecture. It was the right decision – and taking an apprenticeship and going to college on day release was the better option for me.  I’m not an academic person and I wouldn’t have enjoyed studying for years at university. I know the apprenticeship and college route wouldn’t suit everyone, but it was right for me.”


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