Apprenticeship: Product Design and Development Engineer – Level 6 (Degree)


in Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Apprenticeship: Product Design and Development Engineer – Level 6 (Degree)


Duration

Typically 60 months (not including End Point Assessment). This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience and/or someone already part qualified. Alternatively, this may also be a progression route from a relevant Advanced Apprenticeship.

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley Starting January 2022

Delivery Partners
University of Wolverhampton


Delivery Model

• Day release
• Block release options available.

Entry Requirements

Typically 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC. The Apprenticeship as a Product Design and Development Technician provides a potential preparation route for this Apprenticeship.

Occupational Profile

Product Design and Development Engineers work on all stages of product creation, product modification and product componentry. They support activities ranging on early concept feasibility, Computer Aided Design and other modelling activities and stages through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically they work closely with suppliers and managers in bringing new concepts to life or contributing to redesigns of existing products.

Training and Development Summary

There will be 2 phases of training to ensure that apprentices meet this Apprenticeship standard, in line with specified employer requirements. The foundation phase will be intensive off-the-job training focused on developing the apprentice’s core skills, knowledge and behaviour, allowing them to work effectively with supervision in a largely simulated working environment. This stage will require typically 1400 Vocational Guided Learning Hours, building up from basics to more complex engineering operations and practices. The tasks will be aligned to the job role to develop a range of tailored core engineering techniques so by the end of this phase the apprentice will be able to demonstrate, under independent test conditions, that they can deploy their skills and occupational behaviours. In addition the apprentice typically undertakes an HND or Foundation Degree.

The development phase will focus on applying the apprentice’s on-the-job vocational competence supported by further guided learning, enabling them to eventually work effectively without the need for close supervision. The competencies gained are sufficiently transferable by the end of this development phase for someone to adapt quickly to function effectively after minimal instruction on new equipment/environments or revised working practices, whilst completing an Engineering Degree. There will be a robust synoptic employer endorsement as part of the final assessment of this phase to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated full competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in this standard. The employer will sign off that the apprentice is ‘job ready’ as a competent Professional Design and Development Engineer.

Professional Recognition and Career Progression

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

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