Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inComposites Technician

A Composites Technician employed within a Composites Manufacturing environment will find themselves at the heart of cutting-edge technologies using state of the art equipment and will become a skilled resource that will be an enabler for manufacturing technologies, processes and practices.

A Composites Technician is engaged in a variety of processes in the production and creation of materials and components that are used in a range of applications including but not limited to: airplanes, cars, boats, turbine blades, oil & gas rigs, bridges, trains and satellites. They provide specialised knowledge and skills that support manufacturing programmes and projects and may be deployed in the areas of design, tooling, moulding, lay-up, curing, machining, inspection, testing, repair and material production.

As the Technician grows in competence and expertise, other areas of composites technology such as automated manufacture development, preform technologies, processing technologies, validation and post processing, may form part of their role and responsibility.

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Key Facts

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College Code: C-AP3XCTE

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

Entrants to this pathway are likely to primarily be school leavers who have completed their GCSE and/or A level studies, and in some cases relevant vocational activity such as a Pre-Apprenticeship programme or extended work experience. Also candidates who already have Level 2 and who wish to progress to a Level 3.

All candidates must be willing to undertake a course of training both on-the-job and off-the-job and apply this learning in the workplace be keen and motivated to work in a mechanical manufacturing engineering environment.

Course Content

  • Working safely, appropriately and collaboratively
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Maths, science and engineering disciplines
  • The characteristics of Composites and their various applications
  • Composite materials and consumables; Types of Resins. e.g. Polyester, Epoxy, Bio-resins
  • The manufacture of materials. e.g. Semi-finished, woven reinforcements, preforms
    Material Science, Design, Tooling, Moulding, Laminating, Curing, Testing, Inspection & Repair
  • Hand Lay-up. e.g. Open moulding, Spray Lay-up
  • Automated Lay-up, e.g. Automated Fibre Placement, Automated Tape Lay-up
  • The manufacture of complex parts e.g. Airplane Wings, Body Armour, Turbine Blades
  • Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD) standards and their importance in the workplace
  • Manufacturing costs and the need for preventative maintenance
  • Business Improvement Techniques and waste reduction
  • Application of IT systems to support manufacture (including CAD/CAM/CMM)
  • Automation techniques including programming and operations robots; Supporting R&D projects
  • New Product Development

Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Composites Technician
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English and maths (if required)

Assessment Methods

Regular formative reviews between employer, apprentice and the college.

Development of assignments demonstrating learning from their job role or work place.

Practical observation to assess the application of skills within the workplace.

Professional discussion to holistically assess Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours across the standard and will be informed by reflective portfolio.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs Grade 4(C) or above including English, Maths and Science.

English & Maths

If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths.

This will be completed through a day release to attend Loughborough College.

Progression Opportunities

Career development / progression opportunities into posts will include, but not be limited to: Supervisor, Team Leader or Senior Technician.

Further progression via a Higher Level Apprenticeship or Foundation degree in either Composites Manufacture, Materials Engineering or Materials Science may be encouraged, leading to a full degree.

Delivery Model

Work based training and assessments to complement the skills that are learnt, developed and used within the workplace.

College based training currently one day per week day (term time only).

Day release to complete Functional Skills if required.

Average duration is 36 months which includes an End Point Assessment.

Payment Breakdown

Levy payers pay 100% of training costs via Levy.

Non Levy employers with 50+ staff or for an Apprentice aged 19+ - pay 5% of training costs.

Non Levy Employers with less than 50 staff and an Apprentice aged 18 or younger, fully funded.

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