Manufacturing Engineering – Higher Apprenticeship

Course Information

  • Course Type Apprenticeship
  • Subject Area Engineering, Aerospace and Manufacturing
  • Qualification Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 4
  • Location Technology Centre
  • Course Length Up to 24 Months

A Manufacturing Engineering Technician Apprentice focuses on applying engineering principles to the development and implementation of manufacturing processes, producing high quality goods. You will also get experience devising and directing engineering projects.

Topics include:

  • Analytical methods for engineers
  • Learning more about engineering science
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • How to excel at engineering design
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and manufacturing
  • Manufacturing planning and scheduling principles
  • Quality and business improvement
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Materials engineering
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design techniques (CAD)

Optional topics will include:

  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Electrical power
  • Principles and applications of microcontrollers

Example job roles include: Manufacturing Engineering Technician/Workshop Engineer/ Product Technician/Design Technician.


  • IFA Mechanical Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
  • End Point Assessment
  • If required: Functional Skills (English, Maths)

Next steps… Some Apprentices go straight into employment working within a range of organisations; from well known brands, to smaller niche areas of production.

Entry Requirements

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide, you ideally need GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths and in some cases ICT. However, we will work with you and provide additional support to help you achieve their requirements, either prior to your Apprenticeship via a pre-Apprenticeship or during the delivery of your programme.


Apprentices have access to all facilities across college, in particular the new state of the art equipment at our Technology Centre. These include the college Learning Resource Centres and the College Gym.

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