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To be enrolled onto this Level 4 Apprenticeship ideally you will have completed a Level 3 Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship or have achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

Course Length

48 months.

Role Profile

This Apprenticeship is designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sectors with high-grade technicians and engineers who have practical skills, combined with a higher education qualification. This will facilitate progression onto Level 5 and 6 qualifications and enable them to work towards “Incorporated Engineer” status.

The broad purpose of the occupation 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.

Typical Job roles

Engineering Manufacturing Technicians can be office based, manufacturing/plant based or more commonly a combination of both. They work with engineering and/or manufacturing teams at an operational level, such as with production team leaders and/or management level, and with specialist quality or design engineers. As well as liaising with internal colleagues, they may also be responsible for working directly with customers and/or suppliers or with representatives from appropriate regulatory bodies.

Typical job titles include Manufacturing Engineer Quality, Manufacturing Production Engineer, Manufacturing Procurement Engineer, Quality Engineer, Costing Engineer, Test and Commissioning Engineer, Installation Engineer, Process Engineer and Production Support Engineer.

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.

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week and employed in a role that enables you to fulfil the criteria requirements of the end point assessment.


Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technical Apprenticeship
BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering
Successful Apprentices will be able to apply for Engineering Technician status (Eng Tech) from a number of professional institutes such as:

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 a day release basis for 2 years to complete the BTEC Level 4 HNC. The remainder of the time will be in the workplace building a portfolio of evidence for the End Point Assessment portfolio. Evidence for the portfolio can be provided through a range of sources; e.g. performance review documentation, witness statements, training records/certificates, work products such as risk assessments, reports, meeting records, plans etc. The assessor will visit the workplace at regular intervals for the duration of the Apprenticeship. 

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment (EPA) consists of two assessment methods which must be achieved in order to awarded the Apprenticeship:

Assessment method 1: Observation with questioning - Apprentices must be observed by an independent assessor completing work tasks in their normal workplace, in which they will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours assigned to this assessment method.

Assessment method 2: Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence - this assessment will take the form of a professional discussion which must be appropriately structured to draw out the best of the apprentice’s competence and excellence and cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours assigned to this assessment method.

Career Progression

The Apprenticeship is an ideal platform to progress onto a BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering, and then onto a Degree Apprenticeship or top up Degree.


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