Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) inEngineering Manufacturing Technician

This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data.

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    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

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

Knowledge

K1: Problem solving tools/techniques. Such as practical problem solving (PPS), root cause analysis (RCA) and process failure mode effects analysis (PFMEA).

K2: Effective communication techniques including listening, questioning and support of others.

K3: Use, benefits and applications of lean methods and tools used in manufacturing and engineering (such as Kaizen, Six Sigma and 8 wastes).

K4: How Industry 4.0 will impact organisations, including the integration of automation, digital systems and manufacturing engineering systems.

K5: Quality management systems used such as ISO9001, AS9100, ISO 14001 and TS16949, its purpose and internal governance arrangements to ensure compliance.

K6: Different manufacturing methods used, their applications, such as machining, joining, forming, assembling, shaping, processing, printing, moulding, extruding and casting.

K7: Principles of quality control and quality assurance in a manufacturing and engineering environment.

K8: Team integration techniques, including conflict resolution and managing difficult conversations (team working).

K9: Core engineering principles such as mathematics, science, mechanical and electrical/electronic applications relevant to manufacturing and engineering activity undertaken.

K10: Importance for individuals to use and follow the organisations approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and documentation recording systems and the potential implications on safety, quality and delivery if they are not adhered to.

K11: Statutory and organisation health and safety policies, procedures and regulations that must be adhered to in a manufacturing and engineering environment including the risk assessment process, procedures and documentation used within the work area.

K12: Project management techniques, such as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT), stakeholder matrices, risk mapping, radar chart and summary risk profiles.

K13: How human factors (organisational, environment and job factors) can influence and impact individual characteristics, performance and behaviours in the workplace.

K14: Engineering and manufacturing related documentation used such as job cards / build records, 2D & 3D drawing/models, Bill of Materials (BOM), Cost Analysis Reports, Compliance Report, Standard Operating Instructions (SOI's), Standard Process Instructions (POI's), Engineering Query Notifications (EQN's) and Drawing Query Notifications (DQN's).

K15: Prioritisation of workload/time management techniques to ensure that personal and team objectives are achieved effectively.

K16: Engineering and manufacturing data collection systems used, their format and content.

K17: How organisations manage and monitor internal and or supplier performance to ensure that cost, quality, delivery and sustainability objectives are being delivered.

K18: Use and applications of common metallic and non – metallic materials used in manufacturing and engineering.

K19: Different production methods used and their applications such as single, batch, flow and mass.

K20: Different methods, tools and frequency used to check quality in manufacturing and engineering including measurements such as (dimensions, weight, signal, temperature, time,) and testing (such as non-destructive and destructive).

K21: Departmental process used to create, record and review financial data and information.

K22: The different applications and limitations of computer based software system/packages used such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Data Analytics and Databases.

K23: The impact of sustainability and environmental efficiency and how such matters influence manufacturing decisions.

Skills

S1: Read and extract relevant engineering and manufacturing related data and information (such as workplans/project plans ,schedules, drawings, specifications, production data, quality reports, costing data, statistical information) drawing accurate conclusions and making informed decisions.

S2: Use project management tools, such as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT), stakeholder matrices, risk mapping, radar chart and summary risk profiles.

S3: Use problem solving tools such as Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Fishbone, Practical Problem Solving (PPS) and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP).

S4: Analyse and interpret data and information in order to generate manufacturing engineering documentation such as Parts Per Million (PPM) quality adherence, cost analysis and test data.

S5: Communicate using the appropriate method for the audience such as, formal and informal presentations, written reports, verbal, electronic, social media and incorporating relevant and appropriate data and/or metrics.

S6: Use the approved process and quality compliance procedure to create or amend engineering and/or manufacturing documentation.

S7: Use lean tools and techniques, such as Six Sigma, 8 Wastes, Workplace organisation such as 5S's (sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain), Kaizen and Poka-Yoke (Error proofing).

S8: Apply documentation control processes and procedures such as format, location, access, authorisation.

S9: Use financial planning, recording and review processes and documentation such as departmental budgets, estimating, cost control, cost forecasting, and investment appraisal.

S10: Use computer based software system/packages such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Data Analytics and Databases.

Behaviours

B1: Champions the importance of adherence to the organisation’s Environmental, Health and Safety management systems:- actively displays and promotes a safety first culture within the organisation.

B2: Operates in a systematic, proactive and transparent way.

B3: Actively promotes the case for the adoption of emerging and advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies to optimise performance.

B4: Takes full responsibility for own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance knowledge, skills and experience. Keeping abreast of developments in engineering processes manufacturing and emerging technologies.

B5: Complies with statutory and organisational health & safety regulations and policies at all times. Accepts responsibility for their workload with a responsible approach to risk. Demonstrates a high level of motivation and resilience when facing challenge.

B6: Creates and maintains positive, professional, trusting and ethical working relationships with their team and the wider range of internal, external and connected stakeholders.

B7: Acts professionally with a positive and respectful attitude.

Where youcan work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

Costing engineer; Installation engineer; Manufacturing engineer quality; Manufacturing procurement engineer; Manufacturing production engineer; Process engineer Production; support engineer; Quality engineer; Test and commissioning engineer.

Key Information

Starts

  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.

Enrolment

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

Delivery

  • 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.
  • Level 3 qualification in Engineering or A Levels in Maths and Physics

Qualification(s) Obtained

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Awarding Organisation

EAL

Progression Opportunities

Level 5 and Level 6 Apprenticeship Standards

Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Engineering

Full-time employment

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