Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inEngineering Design and Draughtsperson

Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing.

Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations. They are required to understand on-site hazards and health and safety requirements.

The jobholder must: Understand technical drawings and specifications and be able to create their own; identify factors likely to affect design decisions; produce CAD (computer aided design) models and engineering drawings and; be able to communicate design information to internal and external parties.

Course Content

Current Delivery Involves:

  • One day per week (Term time only) at Loughborough College
  • A progress review every 12 weeks with dedicated trainer assessor and line manager / workplace mentor
  • Observations and professional discussions with dedicated trainer assessor in the workplace

Off the Job Training Provided

On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this, Apprentices need to complete off the job training during the on-programm phase of their Apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio

Course Content

Core Skills

Work safely at all times, complying with relevant national and industry health and safety requirements

Work in accordance with company management systems, policies and procedures

Employ the appropriate use of computer based technology

Review and interpret technical information and requirements from different sources e.g. specifications, concepts, stakeholders

Identify inaccuracies or discrepancies in engineering drawings and specifications and propose solutions

Identify and assess factors that affect designs e.g. materials, application, location, risk and environment

Design engineering concepts to solve engineering challenges

Develop effective solutions which satisfy the required standards and can be manufactured, proven, operated and maintained in a cost-effective way whilst minimising costs

Evaluate engineering designs to determine the most effective solution

Produce detailed engineering drawings to relevant standards and codes, using paper and computer

Check completed drawings for quality, technical compliance and completeness - both own or those of peers

Communicate and co-ordinate engineering design options with relevant stakeholders, colleagues and clients using sketches, schemes, models, detailed drawings and reports

Core Technical Knowledge

Relevant national and industry health and safety, standards and legislation and those relevant to the specific disciplines, as appropriate

Company management systems, policies and procedures

Document management and change control

Engineering codes and standards

Common engineering principles and the application of maths and science to engineering

Fundamentals of engineering drawing and design

Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling

Understand the impact of relevant factors that are important to the design e.g. the context in which you are working, the materials, components, assemblies, cost, quality, safety, security, risk, environmental impact, ergonomics, aesthetics, the end use and purpose of the design

Manufacturing and/or construction methods as appropriate to the specific disciplines

Relevance and application of Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Core Behaviours

Comply with health and safety requirements and company policies and procedures at all times

Have a strong work ethic including attention to detail and commitment to completing the task in hand

Take personal responsibility for own work, set the right example for others and actively seek opportunities for quality improvement

Apply and uphold principles of ethics and sustainability

Commitment to advancing own learning and competence, showing a willingness to learn new skills and an openness to others’ ideas and input

Use effective communication and interpersonal skills, showing sensitivity to others and working collaboratively

Accept and promote equality and diversity

Where youcan work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

Electrical Design and Draughtsperson; Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson; Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson; Piping Design and Draughtsperson; Structural Design and Draughtsperson

Key Information


  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.


  • The enrolment process will be completed prior to the start date of the apprenticeship.


  • The apprenticeship will delivered at Loughborough College for one day per week (Term time only)

Entry Requirements & Functional Skills

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • 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.
  • Initial Assessment on enrolment Level 2 Maths & English

Qualification(s) Obtained

Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills)

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Level 3 Design and Draughtsperson Apprenticeship Standard

Awarding Organisation


Progression Opportunities

Level 4, 5 & 6 Apprenticeship standards

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Full-time employment

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