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Engineering Manufacturing Technician L4 Apprenticeship Standard


The Engineering Manufacturing Technician Higher Apprenticeship is designed to develop specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new and existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. This is a higher apprenticeship and on programme students study a Higher National Certificate in Engineering. This supports development of key knowledge and skills in decision making, solving problems and producing and updating technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules and targets. Apprentices will work with their employer to develop their competencies.

Graduates successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the concepts of engineering and the nature of the underpinning concepts of aeronautical engineering. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and they will have the qualities of personal responsibility needed for employment. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent working with growing fault-finding and problem-solving strategies, and organisational awareness.

Apprentices will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to work, showing resilience under pressure and the ability to meet challenging targets within a reasonable, pre-set, timeframe. They will also demonstrate regard for the ethical responsibilities of the engineer, for cost and for the importance of protecting and sustaining the environment.

This pathway is linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide progression towards professional status or entry to the later stages of an appropriate degree. Units have been selected for the programme that allow apprentices to progress to a level 5 Higher National Diploma after completing their apprenticeship.

Lecturers will employ a range of methods of delivery and assessing vocational topics. Success will be achieved through meeting 4 aims.

1. Master the fundamentals. Students will have experience of using their skills to the fullest and master the fundamental aspects of their vocation.

2. Learners will be proficient in using tools and equipment. The best tradespeople and artisans have an excellent knowledge of how to use their tools and equipment.

3. Transferability. A skill may be taught in one setting with a view to being largely applied in another, often in a move from college to workplace. This includes ensuring that what is learned theoretically in one context is applied effectively in another, and how best learners can be taught so that they can prompt themselves to use skills learned in one context when they need them in another.

4. Learn from your mistakes. It is important when working in a profession, you learn by doing, and chances are that you’re going to make mistakes. It’s important to learn quickly from such issues to avoid problems with customers and clients.

The impact of applying these aims is that graduates will be able to demonstrate:

• Routine expertise (being skilful, confidence, coordination, and having manual dexterity)

• Resourcefulness (stopping to think and deal with the non-routine, problem-solving skills, diagnostic skills)

• Functional literacies (communication, literacy, numeracy, and ICT)

• Craft (attention to detail, vocational sensibility; aspiration to do a good job; pride in a job well done)


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have one of the following.

Two A-levels in Maths and another technical subject.

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering with at least a merit.

Appropriate work-based knowledge and competency.


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