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Engineering Manufacturing Technician – Higher Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is a robust progression route from Level 3 Engineering-related studies. You will be required to study a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Engineering.

Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. They 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 what needs to be done – such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

This apprenticeship will provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet customer specification.

HNC courses are matched to the needs of work. Designed with employers, they give you the practical and professional skills needed in the industry. They are very highly regarded by employers in the UK and overseas for their relevance and quality and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and employer organisations.

Our HNC in Engineering gives you the theoretical knowledge and technical skills, to begin your journey in the engineering industry.

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

– Problem solving tools/techniques.
– Effective communication techniques.
– Use, benefits and applications of lean methods and tools.
– Quality management systems.
– Different manufacturing methods.
– Principles of quality control and quality assurance.
– Team integration techniques.
– Core engineering principles.
– Importance for individuals to use and follow the organisations approved Standard Operating Procedures and documentation recording systems.
– Health and safety policies, procedures and regulations.
– Project management techniques.
– Human factors in the workplace.
– Data collection systems.
– Use of common metallic and non–metallic materials.
– Production methods.
– Quality checks.
– Financial data and information.
– Computer-based software system/packages.
– Sustainability and environmental efficiency.

– Read and extract relevant data and information.
– Use project management tools.
– Use problem solving tools.
– Analyse and interpret data and information.
– Communication skills.
– Process and quality.
– Use lean tools and techniques.
– Apply documentation control processes and procedures.
– Use financial planning, recording and review.
– Use computer-based software system/packages.

– Adhere to Environmental, Health and Safety management systems.
– Operate in a systematic, proactive and transparent way.
– Actively promote emerging technologies.
– Professional development.
– Comply with statutory and organisational regulations.
– Create positive working relationships.
– Act professionally with a positive and respectful attitude.

Finally, your knowledge of engineering will be tested in an individual engineering project. It represents a significant amount of work, in which you must be proactive in managing your own learning and identifying the resources to complete the task. The aims of the project are to ensure that you understand engineering disciplines and show how you integrate engineering topics into a range of project tasks.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AB229 (2024)
Level : Level 4
Duration : 4 Years
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Course details


This course will track your progress using a mixture of assignments, coursework, project work and formal examinations at the end of each module.

A CAD assessment and extended engineering project are coursework-based.

At the end of the 42 months you will go through an End Point Assessment (EPA). Within this you will have to have an observation with questioning and a professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence with an EPAO assessor.

Entry Requirements

You’ll require 64 UCAS points for admission on to this course; this equates to the following:

Merit/Merit at National Diploma level


Merit/Merit/Pass at Extended Diploma level


A Level equivalents in a related subject

You’ll also need GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualifications).

Mature learners will be subject to an interview prior to entry; where any related experience will be taken into consideration.


Most successful students qualify to take the FdSc Production and Manufacture; an equally attractive alternative is an apprenticeship in engineering which could lead toward further study while in work.

Facilities and resources

You will be based at the South West Institute of Technology, offering advanced facilities and equipment, for digital science and engineering. It has clean-room fabrication capabilities, electronics design, manufacture and testing laboratories, additive technologies (3D), and production robotics. It is also a large, welcoming social environment, where students work, relax, and share ideas.

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Starting Date : 09/09/2024
Course Code : AB229 (2024) North Devon Campus Apply

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