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Engineering Manufacturing Technician – Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

This is a work-based apprenticeship course designed to help you become a manufacturing technician.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Apprenticeships
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 4
Number Of Years: 3
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/engineering-manufacturing-technician-level-4-apprenticeship-standard
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Course Information for Students

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.

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:

  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Maths
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project

They must also complete a minimum of four optional modules. Examples are shown below:

  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Digital Principles
  • Electro, Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace and on-site. 

Nothing additional is required.

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.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

This apprenticeship supports manufacturing technicians found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as automotive, aerospace/airworthiness, chemical processing, land systems, marine, maritime defence, materials manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.

The broad purpose of a manufacturing technician is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

Engineering manufacturing technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules/targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally, about what needs to be done – such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

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).

Apprentices must be employed in a suitable job role for 30+ hours per week.

Modern high-value engineering organisations require their apprentices to have a set of occupational behaviours that will ensure success both in their current and future roles and in meeting the overall company objectives. These required behaviours include:

Safety mindset: This occupation sits within an industry with a high level of safety critical activities. There has to be strict compliance and a disciplined and responsible approach to manage, mitigate and avoid risk.

Strong work ethic: Positive attitude, motivated by the engineering industry, dependable, ethical, responsible and reliable.

Logical approach: Able to structure a plan and develop activities following a logical thought process, but also able to quickly ‘think on their feet’ when working through them.

Problem solving orientation: Identifies issues quickly, enjoys solving complex problems and applies appropriate solutions. Has a strong desire to push to ensure the true root cause of any problem is found and a solution identified which prevents further recurrence.

Quality focus: Follows rules, procedures and principles in ensuring work completed is fit for purpose and pays attention to detail/error checks throughout activities.

Personal responsibility and resilience: Motivated to succeed, accountable and persistent to complete tasks.

Clear communicator: Uses a variety of appropriate communication methods to give/receive information accurately, and in a timely and positive manner.

Team player: Not only plays own part but is also able to work and communicate clearly and effectively within a team and interacts with/ helps others when required. In doing so, applies these skills in a respectful and professional manner.

Applies Lean Manufacturing Principles: Continuous improvement in driving effectiveness and efficiency.

AdaptabilityAble to adjust to different conditions, technologies, situations and environments.

Self-Motivation: A ‘self-starter’ who always wants to give their best, sets themselves challenging targets and can make their own decisions.

Willingness to learnWants to drive their continuous professional development.

Commitment: Able to commit to the beliefs, goals and standards of their own employer and to the wider industry and its professional standards.

Higher National Certificate in Engineering.

Assessment is via coursework.

The apprenticeship entails day release for two years.

Nothing additional is required.

They can advance to a level 6 degree apprenticeship.

  • Manufacturing engineer – quality
  • Manufacturing production engineer
  • Manufacturing procurement engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Costing engineer
  • Test and commissioning engineer
  • Installation engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Production support engineer

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Engineering Technicians

£40493

Engineering Technicians

Mechanical Engineers

£47927

Mechanical Engineers

Production Managers and Directors in Manufacturing

£40466

Production Managers and Directors in Manufacturing

Quality Control and Planning Engineers

£34073

Quality Control and Planning Engineers

Engineering Professionals n.e.c.

£45110

Engineering Professionals n.e.c.

Production and Process Engineers

£40755

Production and Process Engineers

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: November 4, 2021 10:59 am