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Course Length

48 months.

Role Profile

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. 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.

Typical Job roles

Producing engineering designs and drawings for components, structures and systems used in industrial and commercial construction.

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 C/4 or above, including GCSE Maths (higher) at grade 5 or above GCSE English grade 4/C or above and also a science or technical subject at grade 4/C or above.

To ensure that the apprenticeship standard and 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.


BTEC Level 3 Diploma Multi-Skill Engineering

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment

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.

End Point Assessment

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 - 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 - 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.

Career Progression

This standard 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.


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