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Engineering Apprenticeship at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. Everything, from aeroplanes to buildings, comes back to engineering. This hugely diverse field can be divided into several sub-categories: aerospace, automotive, metals, electrical equipment, electronics, marine maintenance, and mechanical engineering. This Apprenticeship covers a range of job roles in these sub-categories.

On this Apprenticeship, the sort of work you’ll be doing will depend on your employer. Generally, engineering apprentices will learn to take on an operator role in a certain area of engineering. This could involve anything from assembling car engines to installing telecommunications systems. Most duties will involve the maintenance of equipment and machinery.

Working in this field requires a good head for figures and IT literacy. You’ll need good written and verbal communication skills; and you’ll have to be a team player.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship you could work as an Electronics Maintenance Technician, carrying out planned and emergency fault diagnosis and maintenance, testing and repairing electronic equipment and circuits/ communications equipment/instrumentation and control equipment, servicing equipment and carry out quality inspections.

You could also work as a Project Manager, planning, organising, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project objectives.

Entry requirements

Intermediate Apprenticeship You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.


Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

Future opportunities

Intermediate / Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Aircraft Systems Fitter
  • Aero Engine Fitter/ Tester
  • Composite technician
  • Specialist Welder
  • Metrology Inspector
  • Skilled Machinist
  • Tool-maker
  • Metal Forger
  • Composite Technician
  • Pipe Fitter and Assembler
  • Marine Electrician
  • Fluid Power Maintenance Technician
  • Plant and Systems Maintenance Technician
  • Process Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Measurement and Control Technician
  • CNC/NC Wood Machinist
  • Motorsport Technician

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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