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Engineering Craft Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Wiltshire College

Course description

A career in engineering is no longer all about grubby workshops and sheet metal. Exciting, well paid and challenging, no two days as an engineer are the same and there are always new problems to solve or products to create.

This Engineering apprenticeship is aimed at anyone who is working within the Engineering sector, and gives offers the opportunity to tailor the units delivered to suit the field in which you work.

If you enjoy the satisfaction of seeing something that you designed, made or fixed spring to life; are innovative; analytical; pay attention to detail and have an interest in IT and new technology, a career in Engineering is the right choice for you.

Course content

This apprenticeship is composed of a number of different Engineering pathways, allowing you and your employer to choose roles that best suit your engineering environment. The choice of pathways are:

Manual Machining: The use of lathe and Mill to create components from varying metals. Typical job roles that suit this pathway are:

  • Turner
  • Miller
  • Borer
  • Tool Maker

CNC Machining: The programming and use of compuiter controlled machines to create components from various metals and other composite material.

Welding and Fabrication: The creation of composits using raw or treated metals by bending, folding and welding. Typical job roles that suit this pathway are:

  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Welder
  • Fabricator

Electrical/Electronics Production: The design or working from a drawing or specification to either make or assemble a product or system of an electrical or electrinic nature. Typical job roles that suit this pathway are:

  • Electrical Technician
  • Electrical or Electronics Design Engineer
  • Electronics Technician
  • Electrical or Electronics Inspector
  • Test Technician

Mechanical, Electrical or Multi-skilled Maintenance: The carrying out of fault diagnosis in order to restore engineered systems to full working operation by way of either repairing or replacing components, or the carrying out of preventative or planed maintenance on engineered systems (manufacturing line, lift or escalator)

Installation and Commissioning: The installation and commissioning of heavy plant or engineering equipment systems (conveyor, manufacturing line, lift or escalator)

Technical Support: Assisting a manufacturing process by providing technical information (drawing, specification, report, work instruction or method statement). Typical job roles that suit this pathway are:

  • CAD Engineer or Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Test or Inspection Engineer

Quality Control: The carrying out of quality control that monitors the quality of a production process or equipment. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway are:

  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Test Engineer
  • Inspection Engineer

Project Engineering: The design, implementation and project management of the lifetime of a component, equipment or system.

Engineering Design: The design of a component, equipment or system using computer aided tools such as CAD.

Technical Author: Assisting a manufacturing or maintenance process by providing technical information (specification, manual, work instruction or method statement)

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A-C including Maths, English and Science. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.


Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. Each apprenticeship involves a structured programme of training leading to a recognised qualification, and they are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn at.

Your final qualification will include a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in the pathway of your choice (to demonstrate your practical competence) and a Level 3 City & Guilds or BTEC qualification (to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge on the subject)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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