Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inEngineering Technician (Product Design and Development Technician)

Product Design & Development Technicians primarily work on all stages of product creation and modification. They support activities ranging from early concept feasibility, design and development stages right through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically, they work closely with engineers in bring new concepts to life or supporting redesigns of existing products.

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Key Facts

Apprenticeship Level:

Advanced

Start Dates:

Indicative Cost:

College Code: C-AP3XT11

Who is this Apprenticeship for?

New entrants who want to work in an Engineering Environment and candidates who have already studied and obtained a Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding. All candidates must be keen and motivated to work in the engineering/manufacturing industry or be practically minded and want to work with their hands.

Course Content

  • Apply safe systems of working; Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a product design and development environment
  • Understand material applications and methods of testing (destructive and non- destructive)
  • Understand Computer Aided Design (CAD) methods and applications
  • Understand material joining applications and systems
  • Understand mechanical, electrical, electronic and process control systems
  • Understand measurement, monitoring, testing and diagnostic methods and techniques
  • Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used in the design and development of components, assemblies and systems
  • Produce components and prototypes using a wide range of hand fitting techniques
  • Produce assemblies and rigs using a range of materials and techniques
  • Use mechanical, electrical and electronic testing devices and equipment
  • Produce components and prototypes using a wide range of hand fitting techniques
  • Prepare and use lathes, milling machines, as well as other general or specialist high technology equipment such as 3D printing/additive manufacturing techniques
  • Use a range of mechanical, electrical and electronic testing devices and equipment; Apply mechanical principles and joining techniques to develop products, devices and equipment
  • Apply electrical and electronic principles to develop products devices and equipment
  • Identify, diagnose and rectify design problems through the whole creation process including design studio, workshops, test environments or under laboratory conditions
  • Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

Qualifications included in the Apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Engineering Technician - Product Design and Development Technician Pathway
  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment; L3 BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering - Product Design and Development Technician (Development Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • 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 at 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

Automation and Controls Engineering Technician Level 4
Electrical Power Networks Engineer Level 4
Engineering Manufacture Technician Level 4
Propulsion Technician Level 4

Delivery Model

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

College based training currently three days per week day, (2 at Loughborough College, 1 remote.) These days are term time only and for the first year of learning.

Day release to complete Functional Skills if required.

Average duration is 42 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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