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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.

General Welder

Level: 2

Duration: 18 months

Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. General Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld.

Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a safety critical occupation and every welder takes responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their work. General Welders are required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all and the global quality of life.

Lift and Escalator Electromechanic Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 3 years

Lifts are large mechanical and hydraulic devices used for moving people and goods vertically from one level to another in a building and similar situations. Escalators are mechanical, inclined moving stairways to transport people from one level to another, using moving steps. Moving walks are similar to escalators but instead of steps they use pallets that run horizontal or on an incline.
Lift, Escalator and Moving Walk Electromechanics work in varying environments including domestic, retail and industrial buildings above and below ground. They carry out the installation or maintenance, repair and modernisation of lifts and escalators dependent upon the chosen specialism. They ensure that the lift or escalator performs within established parameters in line with the applicable codes and standards, historical and current, required by the UK Lift Regulations and/ or the EU Machinery Directive. They ensure the lift or escalator is safe for use and free from defects. The skills employed when conducting the work are of a complex nature and draw upon knowledge and experience of a wide range of equipment, mainly comprising mechanical traction or hydraulic systems of varying complexity operating at low, medium and high speeds, controlled by a microprocessor or analogue control technology.

Engineering Manufacturing Technician

Level: 4

Duration: Up to 4 years

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. 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 what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

Engineering construction erector rigger

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 3 years

The Engineering construction erector role encompasses the installation and dismantling of the capital plant steel infrastructure which makes up engineering and construction projects, these operations are by nature complex and non-repetitive. The construction is achieved through the use of static and mobile moving and lifting equipment and accessories and as the assembly of the structure progresses, can involve the use of additional specialist access equipment. Erectors will use powered as well as non-powered hand tools to assemble the structure, this can also require the fixing of metal decking, safety netting and edge rails to facilitate safe working.

The Engineering construction rigger role encompasses the lifting, moving and positioning of loads during engineering construction projects. It involves, but is not limited to the detailed planning and control of all the elements required to successfully and safely execute and complete the lifting, moving and positioning operation. Riggers are responsible for safely moving loads using static and mobile moving and lifting equipment and accessories. The moving and lifting equipment is diverse and can include specialist equipment such as skids and rollers as well as numerous types of winches, hoists and cranes of various sizes and design.

Lean Manufacturing Operative

Level: 2

Duration: 12-18 months

A Lean Manufacturing Operative will be expected to carry out their work safely and meet the exacting quality standards demanded in a fast paced and efficient processing environment and develop into a multi-skilled operator through process ownership. A lean manufacturing operative can be required to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively.
They will be required to prepare, control, contribute to and complete manufacturing operations, and follow manufacturing processes and standard operating procedures whilst adhering to specific safe working policies & procedures. A Lean Manufacturing Operative will be responsible for maintaining Health and Safety requirements at all times. They will be required to contribute, develop and support improvement in the manufacturing operation using continuous improvement methods. They will be responsible for carrying out quality checks throughout the manufacturing operations to ensure quality is built in and that any defects or concerns are highlighted and dealt with in line with relevant quality standards.

Level 5 BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in General Engineering

Level: 5

Duration: 1 year

Cost: £2000 + VAT

Delivering high level, industry-led training courses is what we do. As an engineering provider of advanced technical and academic skills, we work closely with employers to nurture and develop the employees they need for the future.

We provide employees with more than just a qualification. We develop both their industry skills and knowledge for immediate application in the workplace which maximises return on investment.

Our one year top up course allows progression from HNC to HND.

Engineering Technician – 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.

Engineering Technician – 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.

Engineering Technician – 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.

Engineering Technician – 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 multi-axis CNC machine tools centres. They will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used. When using CNC equipment they will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations they will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and make adjustments to the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification.

Aspiring Engineers Club

Duration: 6 weeks - On a Saturday from 9am to 12pm. Starts in March and November 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 - x24 one week blocks

Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technicians design, install, commission and maintain electronic systems in and outside simple and complex premises to protect individuals, homes and properties from risk and danger.

Systems include fire, security and emergency systems to detect intrusion, provide surveillance, monitor and control access to buildings, properties and sites or to detect fire and emergencies.

Skills include interconnection of equipment, programming, verifying performance/fault finding and testing and maintaining. Technicians will carry out planned jobs to install new systems, modify and maintain existing systems as well as respond to call-outs to repair faulty systems where they will utilise their problem solving skills.

They will take a professional approach to customer service skills which include being presentable, tidy and respectful as they can often find themselves working in and outside customers’ homes as well as in and outside business premises.

It is important for Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technicians to be able to work independently or as part of a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure systems have been appropriately selected and installed and maintained to a professional industry standards, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.

BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (HNC)

Level: 4

Duration: 2 Years day release

Cost: £2000 + VAT per academic year

Delivering high level, industry-led training courses is what we do. As an engineering provider of advanced technical and academic skills, we work closely with employers to nurture and develop the employees they need for the future.

We provide employees with more than just a qualification. We develop both their industry skills and knowledge for immediate application in the workplace which maximises return on investment.


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

Manufacturing Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Operations Engineering

Engineering Operative Apprenticeship

Level: 2

Duration: 12-18 months

Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.

Engineering Operatives cover a wide range of common job roles:

  • working within a maintenance role (this role can cover either mechanical, electrical, electronic or fluid power work or a combination of them)
  • working within a mechanical manufacturing engineering role
  • working within an electrical and electronic engineering role
  • working within a fabrication role
  • working within a materials, processing or finishing role
  • working within a technical support

Engineering Traineeship

Level: 2

Duration: Up to 20 weeks

A Traineeship is an opportunity to prepare for your Apprenticeship.

Traineeships allow you to gain work experience with a local employer. The Traineeship is tailored to your individual career aspirations.

If you need a boost after the recent disruptions with your education, or support applying for an Apprenticeship, then a Traineeship is for you.

Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Fabricators in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Construction engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex, specialist and detailed work covering a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the wider engineering industry sectors during the course of their careers.

Fabricators would work on one or more discipline from sheet metal working; plateworking; structural steelwork, pipe and tube fabrication, manual joining, joining machine setting and operating. They need to work safely in line with relevant Health and Safety regulations and are required to interpret a wide range of technical data and information in order to be able to carry out the fabrication activity efficiently and effectively.

Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship

Level: 3

Duration: Up to 4 years

Engineering Fitters produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly. They will produce or re-furbish components and will interpret drawings/specifications and plan their work, for example ensuring they have the right tools, equipment and resources to complete the task to the required specification. Fitters are required to check their work against quality standards and make adjustments as required based on their knowledge. On completion of the task a fitter will hand over the product and prepare the work area for the next task by checking equipment meets the standards required to operate.




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