Mechanical Engineering – Higher Apprenticeship

A Mechanical Engineering Technician Apprentice deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical devices, such as new objects, including kitchen appliances through to car engines.

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
Overview

A Mechanical Engineering Technician Apprentice deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical devices, such as new objects, including kitchen appliances through to car engines. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines.

Topics include:

  • Analytical methods for engineers
  • Engineering Science
  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Mechanical principles
  • Engineering design
  • Computer Aided Design(CAD) and manufacturing
  • Quality and business improvement
  • Materials engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques

Optional topics will include:

  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Manufacturing planning and scheduling principles
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Electrical power
  • Principles and applications of microcontrollers

Example job roles include: Mechanical Engineering Technician/Contracting Civil Engineer/CAD technician/Aerospace Engineer/Automotive Engineer/Maintenance Engineer.

Achieve:

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

Next steps… Some Apprentices go straight into employment in a variety of companies; specialising in anything from aerospace, automotive and construction, to energy, manufacturing, medicine, railway and sport.

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.

Facilities

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

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