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Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

Engineers work in high-tech, dynamic environments using state-of-the-art equipment.

They are inventors, designers and problem solvers – people who make a difference to the way we live.  As trained professionals, engineers are well paid and highly respected.  Many get top jobs and even run their own companies .  If you enjoy working as part of a team, like solving problems and have a practical flair, you’ll find engineering has a lot to offer.  We have two top class workshops where you’ll learn how to use the latest machinery and equipment to prepare for a career in electrical and electronic engineering, fabrication and welding, mechanical manufacturing or technical support.

We are also an ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) approved Training Centre.

Product Design and Development Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Product Design & Development Technicians primarily work on all stages of product creation and modification. They support activities ranging from early concept feasibility, design and development stages right through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically they work closely with engineers in bring new concepts to life or supporting redesigns of existing products.

Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Toolmakers and Tool & Die Maintenance Technicians are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies. These products, assemblies and systems affect all of our daily lives, whether it be for travel such as (cars, planes, boats and rail) energy, defence, food, clothing, packaging and health including medical equipment, devices and implants such as joint replacements. This requires the application of a broad range of activities including the interpretation of Engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer controlled machine tools and measuring equipment. Technicians must comply with applicable legislation and organisational safety requirements and be expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team, working with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying ways to improve the business They will be expected to test and adjust the systems they have built or maintained ensuring tooling, jigs, fixtures and assemblies meet the required specification. This requires the application of a broad range of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across a range of engineering disciplines.

Technical Support Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Technical Support Technicians, work as part of a team to provide technical support and expertise for all areas of the Engineering and Manufacturing function including communications software, test, analysis tools, measurement, off line programming, process control, performance and continuous improvement solutions, capacity planning, production scheduling/planning, product technical applications and capability, technical sales and marketing support, product development and innovation, engineering drawing, purchasing and/or supply of goods or services for engineering activities, quality control, inspection and e-commerce technologies as required. The requirements are designed to offer stretch and progression. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically the work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.

Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Machinists in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multiaxis CNC machine tools centres.

Saturday Morning Club

Duration: 12 weeks - On a Saturday from 9am to 12pm. Starts in January each year

Our free Saturday Morning Club is aimed at Year 10 and 11 students. The course is delivered in our high-tech engineering workshops and is designed to give young people an insight into different areas of engineering. It offers the chance to gain hands-on experience whilst producing engineering activities by using our machinery and other equipment. Call us on 01254 54659 to add your name to the waiting list.

Fire, Emergency & Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: 3 years - x16 one week blocks

The Electronic Security and Emergency Systems qualification is ideal for engineers and others looking to work within the electronic security and emergency systems industry. They have been designed to meet the needs of engineers involved with security, fire alarm and emergency lighting system; installation, commissioning, maintenance, auditing, surveying and design.

BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (HNC)

Duration: 2 Years day release

Cost: £2000 + VAT per academic year

Our 2 year courses offer excellent value for money and consist of:

– Manufacturing

– Electrical and Electronic Engineering

– Operations Engineering

‘Steps’ to… Engineering

Level: 2

Duration: 3-4 days per week for 20 weeks

You will gain NVQ units on CNC machining, fitting, milling and turning, that form part of a level 3 apprenticeship. this is a perfect programme to give you the skills you need to progress onto a engineering apprenticeship.

Electrical & Electronic Apprenticeship

Level: 2, 3 and 4

Duration: Up to 4 years

This Apprenticeship includes basic engineering drawing, measuring and marking out and handling of engineering information, maintaining electrical/mechanical equipment & systems, assembling & testing electronic circuits and wiring & testing of equipment and electrical circuits.

Fabrication & Welding Apprenticeship

Level: 2 and 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Basic engineering drawing, measuring and marking out, knowledge of engineering materials and handling of engineering information, fitting using hand skills, producing sheet metal components and assemblies and a range of welding techniques.




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“In times of uncertainty such as this, a scheme that helps businesses employ staff whilst reducing the financial risk is an ideal way to support business growth. This is a unique scheme and well worth investigating further.”

Rachel Cheetham, Programmes Director at Rolls Royce

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