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Mechanical Engineering - Apprenticeship (Level 2) at Alliance Learning

Course description

Mechanical engineering technicians, also known as mechanical fitters or installers, design, build, operate and service plant machinery and parts. They use a number of different skills in their work, depending on the job, for instance welding or CNC machining. A mechanical engineering apprenticeship is an ideal foundation to develop your skills in this field.

The programme consists of the following five areas: 1.Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations or Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. 2.Technical Certificate Level 2 or 3 in Mechanical Engineering. 3. Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT 4. Employment Responsibilities and Rights (ERR) 5. PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills) These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. There are 6 PLTS: Independent Enquiry, Creative Thinking, Reflective Learning, Team Working, Self-managing, Effective Participation.

Course content

The course involves:

- Working and implementing health and safety procedures to produce components from engineering drawings

- Producing engineering drawings using conventional and computer aided design (CAD) techniques.

- Use of computer aided manufacture and design - CAD, CAM and CNC.

- Measuring and marking out techniques.

- Selection and use of various hand tools for the production of hand fitting components

- Use of conventional machniery such as lathes, drills and milling machines

- Working on pneumatics / hydraulic circuits, components and assemblies

- Repair and maintenance of mechanical assemblies

Entry requirements

Some employers require you to have specific GCSE grades.

• Practical hand skills for handling tools, instruments and components • Mathematical ability for engineering calculations • Spoken and written communication skills • Computer literacy • Ability to understand engineering drawings • Ability to work as part of a team • Safety awareness is essential


You will be required to sit an English, Maths and ICT initial assessment before starting the Apprenticeship programme to check you are at a suitable level.

Financial information

The National minimum Apprenticeship wage is £3.30 per hour

Future opportunities

Progression onto your Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering

Career Opportunities:

- Mechanical Production Engineer

- CNC Operator

- Design Engineer

- Maintenance Engineer

- Service Engineer


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact  the Alliance Learning recruitment team on 01204 677 888 or email at

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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: 28 September 2015
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