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Manufacturing Engineer

Course Code: AP4

Level: 4
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two to three years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Do you dream of a career making and building things? How about a career making things work and running complex systems as efficiently as possible? A trainee job as a manufacturing engineer is the perfect starting point, with an Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture from City College Plymouth. When you become an apprentice, you’ll start working under supervision in a local company, building things and making them work. No matter what field of manufacturing you want to go into, this Apprenticeship will teach you the skills you need to succeed. Every industry of manufacture needs often complex machinery to keep it going, so your skills will be in demand wherever you go. On this Higher Engineering Apprenticeship, you will learn the skills you need to meet the demands of any company, helping create and maintain the systems and machinery used to ensure production runs smoothly. You’ll be earning while you learn, attending the College on a weekly basis in conjunction with working at a local company. This will enable you to learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the industry, as well as gaining recognised qualifications to give you the edge in a competitive industry. This higher Apprenticeship is equivalent to three A Levels and successful completion can enable you to progress to university-level study.

What you'll learn

The competence and knowledge qualifications in this framework contribute to general competence as measured in the Engineering Council’s UK specification and are endorsed by the IMechE, IET and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
The pathways in this framework at level 4 cover a wide range of job roles in advanced manufacturing and engineering and which broadly fit into the higher-level skills requirements for the following sectors:
• mechanical
• electrical/electronics
• maintenance

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of Functional Skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out by the engineering team at the College.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

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.