This Apprenticeship is designed to provide the manufacturing and engineering sectors with high- grade technicians and engineers, who have practical skills combined with a higher education qualification.
During this Apprenticeship, you will gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. You will make decisions, solve problems and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes or procedures. This is a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship and is equivalent to a Foundation Degree.
Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one day a week, term-time, to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.
An Apprenticeship is broken down into four learning categories – occupational duties, skills, knowledge and behaviours. For the Level 4 Engineering Manufacture Technician Apprenticeship you will cover the following …
- ensure the safe and efficient performance of every production task in compliance with company procedures, approved engineering data and local health and safety requirements
- prepare product and process documentation by collecting, analysing, and summarising information and trends
- manage internal and/or Supplier Quality Notifications, and liaison with the required stakeholders for resolution
- liaise with internal and external customers to implement programme initiatives
- carry out new product introduction and/or existing product modifications within
engineering and/or manufacturing
- deliver financial planning or costing analysis
- produce and maintain reports measuring Key Performance Indicators for data management activities
- liaise with appropriate internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
- read and extract relevant engineering and manufacturing-related data and information
- use project management tools, such as: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT), stakeholder matrices, risk mapping, radar chart and summary risk profiles
- use problem-solving tools such as root cause analysis (RCA), process failure modes effects analysis (PFMEA), fishbone, practical problem solving (PPS) and advanced product quality planning (APQP)
- analyse and interpret data and information in order to generate manufacturing engineering documentation
- communicate using the appropriate method for the audience such
- use the approved process and quality compliance procedure to create or amend engineering and/or manufacturing documentation
- use lean tools and techniques, such as Six Sigma, 8 Wastes; workplace organisation such as 5Ss (sort, set in order, shine, standardise and sustain), Kaizen and Poka-Yoke (error proofing)
- apply documentation control processes and procedures such as format, location, access, authorisation
- use financial planning, recording and review processes and documentation such as departmental budgets, estimating, cost control, cost forecasting, and investment appraisal
- use computer-based software systems/packages such as computer-aided design (CAD), data analytics and databases.
- problem-solving tools/techniques, such as practical problem solving (PPS), root cause analysis (RCA) and process failure mode effects analysis (PFMEA)
- effective communication techniques including listening, questioning and support of others
- use, benefits and applications of lean methods and tools used in manufacturing and engineering
- how Industry 4.0 will impact organisations
- quality-management systems used such as ISO9001, AS9100, ISO 14001 and TS16949
- different manufacturing methods used, their applications, such as machining, joining, forming, assembling, shaping, processing, printing, moulding, extruding and casting
- team integration techniques, including conflict resolution and managing difficult conversations
- core engineering principles such as mathematics, science, mechanical and electrical/electronic applications relevant to manufacturing and engineering activity undertaken
- statutory and organisation health and safety policies, procedures and regulations that must be adhered to in a manufacturing and engineering environment including the risk assessment process, procedures and documentation used within the work area.
- champions the importance of adherence to the organisation’s environmental, health and safety management systems; actively displays and promotes a safety-first culture within the organisation
- operates in a systematic, proactive and transparent way
- actively promotes the case for the adoption of emerging and advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies to optimise performance
- takes full responsibility for own professional development, seeking opportunities to enhance knowledge, skills and experience, keeping abreast of developments in engineering processes manufacturing and emerging technologies
- complies with statutory and organisational health and safety regulations and policies at all times; accepts responsibility for their workload with a responsible approach to risk. demonstrates a high level of motivation and resilience when facing challenges
- creates and maintains positive, professional, trusting and ethical working relationships with their team and the wider range of internal, external and connected stakeholders
- acts professionally with a positive and respectful attitude.
You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.
To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your willingness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.
If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1 – 2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.
Employers might set their entry requirements higher than this, and may require five A- C/equivalent GCSEs.
In order to achieve your Apprenticeship, you will need to complete an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.
This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 48 months, however, this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.
This industry offers many ongoing career development opportunities to suit your own particular interests.
By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedures and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.