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Engineering Technician (Product Design and Development) - Apprenticeship (Standard)

Level:
Level 3
Course Code:
AB207
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Four years

Petroc’s Engineering Technician Apprenticeships are a great way to train for your future profession, and get real-world industry experience specific to your chosen career. You’ll learn on-the-job, by working alongside seasoned professionals with years of industry experience, while our team of expert tutors will help to develop your knowledge and skills in our fully-equipped SWIoT facility. What’s more, you’ll even be earning while you’re learning. As an Engineering Technician Apprentice working in Product Design and Development, you’ll experience every stage of product creation and modification. You’ll be working with existing technicians, as they support activities ranging from early concept feasibility and design and development stages, right through to product testing and final preparation for launch. This could include working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance.

As well as preparing you for a rewarding and successful career in the engineering sector, you’ll also gain a valuable, nationally-recognised, qualification. And, on top of all that, you’ll even be paid while you train.

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Years One and Two:
You’ll spend three days a week developing your knowledge and practical skills in areas such as milling, turning, bench fitting, business improvement, maths and science, working in an engineering environment, and undertaking engineering techniques.
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

Years Three and Four:
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) ?" Product Design and Development
- Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

You’ll also study a number of modules that are essential to the engineering sector. These include:
- Health and Safety: Regulations and risk assessment requirements
- Mathematics: Statistics, trigonometry and calculus
- Further Mathematics: Higher algebraic techniques, higher graphical techniques and complex numbers
- EEP: Terminal voltage, capacitors, inductors and AC theory
- Digital Electronics: Boolean algebra, sequential logic and combination logic
- Engineering Communications: Interpreting Engineering drawing, written and verbal communication and sources of information.
- Analogue Electronics: Analogue integrated circuits and analogue devices
- Mechanical Principles: Moments, tensile testing, limit and fits
- Computer Aided Drawing (CAD): AutoCAD, SolidWorks
- Engineering Project (double unit)
- Theory and Practice
- Business Improvement: Lean, 5S, fishbone
- Maintenance of Mechanical Devices: Materials, selection of tools, fundamental numeracy and science

By enrolling on this course, you will become part of SWIoT ?" the South West Institute of Technology. SWIoT is a unique collaboration between Petroc and a number of prestigious higher and further education partners; designed to provide innovative technical education and deliver a skilled local workforce, economic growth, and prosperity to the South West.
You’ll be assessed via a combination of practical assignments, written exams and assessments, and computer-based tests.

For your Level 2 Milling, Turning and Bench Fitting practical assessments, you’ll be required to correctly read a technical drawing, and make the product to the given specifications. There will also be a number of written assessments for each discipline.

Business Improvement will be taught and implemented at Level 2, and assessed via a written exam.

Maths, Science, and Working in an Engineering Environment is taught extensively in the first year, and will be assessed via an external computer-based test.

Engineering Techniques will be assessed via a written exam.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above

Upon successful completion of this course, you can advance to a Level 4 Apprenticeship or progress to Higher Education, and enrol on a related HNC or FdSc programme.
This programme will be taught at the Engineering Centre of Excellence, which is a specialist training and assessment facility for engineering and manufacturing students. The centre contains high-tech CAD facilities, 3D printing, electronics design and assembly, a fabrication and welding workshop, CNC and manual machining, and a bench fitting workshop.

The students on this programme will have access to specialist workshops, laboratories, and high-quality CAD applications installed on industry-standard computer systems.

The Mechanical work is supported by a number of professional resources, including a machine shop, welding and sheet metal workshops, and a well-equipped science laboratory with a range of industrial testing equipment.

The Electrical, Electronic, and Digital Technology studies are supported by computer-assisted learning and virtual instrumentation in two classrooms, and a practical workshop where soldering of surface mount devices (SMD), through hole plated (THP) technologies, assembly, and circuit testing can take place.
Please bring overalls and safety boots with you on your first day:
We also recommend you buy a suitable scientific calculator (e.g. Casio fx-85GTX), memory stick (USB), an A4 folder, dividers and general stationary.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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