Course Information

Engineering Manufacturing Skills Academy - Apprenticeship


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.


The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components: -

  • Engineering qualifications (Combined)
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
  • (above cover: Welding , Fitting & Platework) Additional Units including:
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • CAD
  • PLC’s
  • Essential skills at an appropriate level in:
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • ICT
  • The course supports learner skills and knowledge development for the following pathways: Maintenance Technology; Fabrication and Welding Technology; Electrical and Electronics Technology, Technical Support.

    Additional Information

    1.5 years (Fast Track)

    Course Content

    You will learn

  • Health and Safety in Engineering, how to read and take engineering instructions in order to carryout engineering activities including the following:Welding Produce the following MIG welds to specification in the Flat and Horizontal Vertical position
  • fillet lap joints
  • Tee fillet joints
  • corner joints
  • butt joints
  • Fitting Produce components to specification using such things as
  • measuring and marking
  • sawing
  • filing
  • drilling
  • threading
  • power operated machines
  • Plate work
  • Produce plate work components and assemblies using the following processes:
  • shearing and punching
  • folding
  • oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting
  • welding, mechanical fastenersHydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Understanding the use of Fluid Power within Engineering
  • Design circuits to suit the operation of engineering scenarios
  • Programmable and logical controllers (PLC’s)Wire and test PLCs and learn how to:
  • Use software to program Siemens PLCs
  • Control electro pneumatic circuits and motors
  • Use relay control and a range of sensors
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Understanding 3D design of products which apply to engineering and manufacturing sectors
  • Essential Skills and Broader transferable skills in preparation and to support working in an engineering environment.
  • Core Modules

    Engineering qualifications

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
  • Combined Units studied: Mandatory
  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment
  • Engineering Technology
  • Fabrication and Welding Technology
  • Skills Units
  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Preparing and using welding equipment
  • Plate work components and assemblies
  • Plus Manufacturing Skills Academy additional units
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Programmable and logical controllers (PLC’s)
  • Computer Aided Design

    Optional Modules

    Optional units can be undertaken to support company/job requirements eg. joining and fitting units related to the Public Service Vehicle.

    Assessment Method

    The Mandatory units are assessed by an online multiple-choice assessment. The practical units are assessed by short answer question papers and practical tasks completed in the college workshops.

  • Additional Units- Hydraulics and Pneumatics, CAD and PLC’s are assessed through portfolio assessments and practical tasks.

    Progression Opportunities

    Progression to Fast Track L3 for the following pathways

  • Maintenance Technology
  • Mechanical Manufacture
  • Fabrication and Welding Technology
  • Technical Support.
  • Further post Level 3 progression pathways are HNC Level 4 in Engineering and then the Level 5 Foundation Degree in Engineering (HLA).

    Entry Requirements

    Entry Criteria:- • 5 GCSEs (Grade A-D) to Include GCSE Maths and English • Participating Employer . Professional interview and aptitude test.