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Level 3 Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship at Leeds City College

Course description

This apprenticeship is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and competence requirements to operate at operator, semi-skilled, craft or technician level as appropriate.

This can be done within the following engineering sub-sectors: Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Metal goods and other transport equipment.

Course content

In order to achieve a full Apprenticeship you must successfully complete the different parts of the framework over 4 years.

This consists of sector related industry qualifications:

Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (QCF)

  • Machining CNC
  • Machining Machine Tool setting
  • Fitting & Assembly
  • Pipe Fitting & Assembly
  • Composite Manufacture
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical Overhaul and test
  • Spring making
  • Photonics Engineering

As part of this qualification the learner is required to complete 3 mandatory units plus 3 technically specific Performing Engineering Operations level 2 units.

Mandatory units

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Working efficiently and effectively in engineering

Optional Units

  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Preparing and using CNC turning machines
  • Preparing and using CNC milling machines
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Assembling and testing electronic circuits

Technical Certificate:

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (QCF)

  • Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Engineered Project (Double)
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians

2nd Year

  • Properties and Applications of engineering materials
  • Computer Aided Drafting for Technicians
  • Applications of mechanical systems in engineering
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems and devices
  • Mechanical measurement and inspection techniques
  • Electrical and electronic principles

Functional Skills qualifications

  • Level 2 Functional Skill in English
  • Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skill in ICT

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

A rigorous recruitment and selections process is carried out to ensure that the aspiring apprentices are suited to enduring this exciting and challenging route of study. GCSE grade A-C in English, Maths and IT are essential.

However if you cannot provide evidence of this then you will be required to sit an online assessment test. Employment in an engineering establishment.


A wide range of assessment methods are used both in the classroom environment and workplace. Evidence reflects how you have carried out the process relating to your competence.

For example: The process that you carry out could be recorded in an observation or witness testimony. Products relating to your competence could be minutes of a meeting, e mails, letters, manufacturing instructions, photos and health and safety checks.

Different forms of questioning are carried out on an on-going part of the assessment process.

Future opportunities

Search and apply online for our current vacancies or alternatively you can complete the online application form or e-mail a copy of your cv to the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team.

Contact us on: T: 0113 216 2337 / 0113 308 7918


Further information

Our apprenticeship routes are changing throughout the year, stay up to date online

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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