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Engineering Design and Draughtperson

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three and a half years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing.

Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations. They are required to understand on-site hazards and health and safety requirements.

The jobholder must:

  • understand technical drawings and specifications and be able to create their own
  • identify factors likely to affect design decisions; produce CAD (computer aided design) models and engineering drawings
  • be able to communicate design information to internal and external parties.
What you'll learn

On this course, you will learn to:

• review and interpret technical information and requirements from different sources e.g. specifications, concepts, stakeholders
• identify inaccuracies or discrepancies in engineering drawings and specifications and propose solutions
• identify and assess factors that affect designs e.g. materials, application, location, risk and environment
• design engineering concepts to solve engineering challenges
• develop effective solutions which satisfy the required standards and can be manufactured, proven, operated and maintained in a cost-effective way whilst minimising costs
• evaluate engineering designs to determine the most effective solution
• Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling
• understand the impact of relevant factors that are important to the design e.g. the context in which you are working, the materials, components, assemblies, cost, quality, safety, security, risk, environmental impact, ergonomics, aesthetics, the end use and purpose of the design
• comply with health and safety requirements and company policies and procedures at all times

Entry requirements

Acceptance on the advanced Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skill entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried out by the engineering team at the College. You will need to first complete the intermediate Apprenticeship in order to progress onto the advanced level.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. This will typically include a requirement for a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* – C (or equivalent qualifications) including mathematics (preferably B); English (Language); a science or technical subject. Apprentices must have achieved a GCSE to at least a grade C, a level 2 qualification in Functional Skills, or an equivalent qualification in both English and mathematics before being entered for their final apprenticeship assessment.


Assessment is by a mix of internal and external assignments, as well as one external exam.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.