This course is designed to give you an insight into engineering, fabrication and welding, and motor vehicle studies. You will spend 12 weeks in each area learning the basic skills required to help you decide which career path to take.
You will study mechanical and electrical engineering covering hand skills, machining and basic electrical principles. In welding you will experience different types of welding and fabrication techniques while in motor vehicle you will learn about the various vehicle systems, including working safely and basic servicing techniques for various vehicle systems.
The entry requirements for this course are:
GCSE Maths - grade 2
GCSE Engish - grade 2
You will be assessed through a mix of practical assessments, presentations and phase tests. You will also study towards GCSE Maths and English in which you will undertake the necessary exams.
You will need to purchase several items of safety equipment (PPE) for workshop sessions, such as safety boots, an engineering boiler suit and safety glasses. A full list of the equipment required will be provided in induction week.
Upon completion of this course, students can progress to a full study programme in either Engineering or Motor Vehicle Studies.
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.