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Engineering Design Draughtsperson Apprenticeship Level 3

Subject Area
Start Date
Study Mode
42 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

This apprenticeship is for those apprentices who are carrying out Engineering Design and Draughtsperson roles; typically producing designs and drawings for structures, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems, mechanical components and rail infrastructure used in industrial and commercial situations. This is a Institute of Technology programme.

To ensure that the apprenticeship pathway is appropriate for the job role, both the employer and apprentice will have a consultation with the Engineering Department prior to enrolment. A bespoke training plan will be created for apprentices with any prior engineering qualifications.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You should have as a minimum 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths (higher) at grade 5 or above GCSE English grade 4 or above and also a science or technical subject at grade 4 or above.

What will I study?

Apprentices would typically be based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations. They will develop an understanding of on-site hazards and health and safety requirements, as well as technical drawings and specifications; identifying factors likely to affect design decisions; producing computer aided design (CAD) models and engineering drawings and communicating design information to internal and external parties. Producing engineering designs and drawings for components, structures and systems used in industrial and commercial construction.

Method of delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release for the first two years and work for their employer for the rest of the week. After the first two years they are based with their employer with assessor visits in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Successful achievement of the End Point Assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship. The assessment, with an independent assessor, will include:

  • Knowledge test - the knowledge test assesses the apprentice’s ability to apply their core knowledge and discipline specific knowledge and includes multiple choice and scenario based written answers.
  • Practical test – this tests the apprentice’s ability to define and detail a fit-for-purpose solution and so demonstrate the core skills learnt, the underpinning technical knowledge for the different disciplines (piping, structural, mechanical, electrical, control and instrumentation) and safety awareness and attention to detail.
  • Structured interview – this takes place after successful completion of the knowledge test and the practical test. This will enable the apprentice to showcase how they combine their core skills, technical knowledge and core behaviours in order to carry out their occupational role effectively.

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

BTEC Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Diploma

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

This apprenticeship has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). If supported by the employer, progression could include HNC/D/Degree (BEng) in a relevant discipline, and/or a Higher Apprenticeship.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

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