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Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

42 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–point Assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.

There is the opportunity to shorten the course length based on previous experience this will be discussed at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.


This is a Level 4 Apprenticeship, and includes Level 4 HNC/HND Engineering (Manufacturing). Upon completion there is the opportunity to progress onto a higher level Apprenticeship or full time study.

To find out more about the Level 4 HNC/HND Engineering (Manufacturing) visit–z–courses/higher–education–courses/hnc/hnd–engineering–manufacturing–20/.

Who is it for


Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting–vacancies

Have you already started your career in engineering and manufacturing and want to progress further?
Are you working towards a management/team leader role within your organisation?

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineering, so that organisations can develop, produce or test new/existing products, or procedures to meet customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Engineering Manufacturing Technicians will be responsible for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time at the agreed cost. They will typically repot to an engineering or manufacturing manager as part of a cross functional team, the size of this team and responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the employer. As an Apprentice you are responsible for the delivery, quality and accuracy or the work you complete as well as having the responsibility to identify and contribute to making improvements to business processes, procedures and methods of working.

Engineering Manufacturing Technicians can be office based, manufacturing/plant based or a combination of both, working in engineering or manufacturing teams at an operational level. As well as liaising with internal colleagues, Apprentices may also be responsible for working directly with customers and/or suppliers with representatives from regulatory bodies.

This Apprenticeship is suited to candidates already working in or working towards the following (or similar) roles: Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Production Engineer, Manufacturing Procurement Engineer, Quality Engineer, Costing Engineer, Test and Commissioning Engineer, Installation Engineer, Process Engineer and Production Support Engineer.

An Apprenticeship gives you a fantastic opportunity to achieve a Level 4 HNC/HND in Engineering (Manufacturing) with the option to progress to a degree, whilst gaining valuable hands on engineering experience.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 18 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test to assess your current skills. You will also need to complete a Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours assessment with your Assessor to ensure your role and employer will meet the prescribed duties required in the Apprenticeship.

What will I need

Individual employers will set a selection of criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE's at Grade 4–5/C or above, including Maths, English, Science, Technology or Engineering related subjects, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at Level 3. (As further guidance, the level of Maths has an advisory of GCSE Level Grade 5–6/B) as this course includes a high level of maths and science.

This course is more suited to candidates that have previously completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship and are looking to progress their career, or have A Levels with and a considerable amount of work experience within the Engineering industry.

Candidates need to be already on a pathway to include the duties required to complete the Apprenticeship. You will need to be able to work autonomously and have a passion, drive and commitment to engineering.

What is covered

This Apprenticeship covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required to carry out a range of engineering and manufacturing duties which will include at least seven of the following: 
• Duty 1: Ensure the safe and efficient performance of every production task in compliance with company procedures, approved engineering data and local Health and Safety requirements. Ensure Safe Systems of Work and risk assessment (assisting as necessary in the completion of risk assessments) are adhered to for engineering or manufacturing activities.
• Duty 2: Prepare product and process documentation by collecting, analysing, and summarising information and trends.
• Duty 3: Manage internal and/or Supplier Quality Notifications, and liaison with the required stakeholders for resolution.
• Duty 4: Liaise with internal and external customers to implement programme initiatives, such as the application of lean analysis methods, processes and tools.
• Duty 5: Carry out new product induction and/or existing product modifications within engineering and/or manufacturing by contributing to activities such as facilitation of quality activities (including any testing and/or commissioning requirements), supplier approvals, gate reviews.
• Duty 6: Deliver financial planning or costing analysis such as:– estimation of cost for manufacture, supplying drawings or specification for quotations, obtaining manufacture quotes, calculating costs associated with quality problem or machine downtime.
• Duty 7: Develop new technology initiatives by contributing to activities such as justifying capital investments equipment/system upgrades from purchase through to installation and commissioning.
• Duty 8: Produce and maintain repots measuring Key Performance Indicators for data management activities.
• Duty 9: Ensure processes and current methods of engineering and manufacturing are as efficient and cost effective, such as: utilising time and motion analysis, line balancing and flow to achieve the required level of production output.
• Duty 10: Liaise with appropriate internal and external stakeholders at all levels to ensure that engineering and manufacturing operations are completed in line with the agree time scales. Examples of stakeholders could include production managers, production operatives, auditors, suppliers and customers.
• Duty 11: Ensure work process and outcomes comply with any local, national and or international regulatory or compliance requirements.
• Duty 12: Resolve identified engineering and/or manufacturing problems such as:– contributing to the route cause analysis exercise applying appropriate levels of containment and corrective action.
• Duty 13: Produce engineering and/or manufacturing documentation (such as:– Build Manuals, Standard Operating Instructions/processes, Bill of Materials) to aid and ensure consistent, compliant and cost effective manufacturing processes.
• Duty 14: Review engineering or manufacturing methods to determine the most effective and economical method whilst meeting drawings/specifications requirements.

Nb. Duty 4 is compulsory, so your job must include this type of activity.

Apprentices will need to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the applications of the required skills, knowledge and behaviours within the workplace.

Apprentices will work towards achieving a Level 4 HNC/HND Engineering (Manufacturing) from University Centre Peterborough. To find out more visit–z–courses/higher–education–courses/hnc/hnd–engineering–manufacturing–20/.

As an Apprentice you will be expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file (an online E–Portfolio system).

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment (EPA) in order to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently by an external assessor who will visit you at your place of work and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the Engineering Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standard. Performance in the EPA will determine an Apprenticeship grade of fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will be required to complete a Level 4 HNC in Engineering supported by University Centre Peterborough (UCP), this is a formal qualification with regular submission of assignments. In addition you will be required to create a portfolio of at least 10 pieces of evidence that demonstrates the skills, knowledge and behaviours stated in the standard. Only when you have completed the portfolio can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your End–point assessment (EPA) in order to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

The EPA will include Observation with Questioning and a Professional Discussion supported by your portfolio of evidence.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility, with help from your employer, to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA. Your Assessor and college tutors are on hand to guide you throughout the whole qualification.

More information about your EPA will be given to you by your Assessor at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

Candidates will work towards achieving a Level 4 HNC/HND Engineering (Manufacturing) from University Centre Peterborough. To find out more visit–z–courses/higher–education–courses/hnc/hnd–engineering–manufacturing–20/.

Upon successful completion of this Apprenticeship standard candidates can progress onto Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships or further professional qualifications within the Engineering Sector.

This course is designed to be a stepping stone into management/team leader roles such as Manufacturing Manager, Manufacturing Production Manager, Manufacturing Procurement Manager, Quality Manager, Costing Manager, Test and Commissioning Manager, Installation Manager, Process Manager, Production Support Manager.

This Apprenticeship is a recognised requirement for Professional Registration as Engineering Technician (EngTech) as define by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK–SPEC).

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer. There is no cost to the Apprentice for the Level 4 HNC/HND in Engineering (Manufacturing).

Other details

This is a Level 4 Academic qualification with additional practical experience which will allow you to progress your engineering career and take a step towards management. This course is seen as a proof of competency to manage processes in the workplace which is valuable to employers across the Manufacturing sector. 
By undertaking a Level 4 Apprenticeship you have the opportunity to earn a wage whilst gaining a recognised Level 4 qualification without the associated debt of traditional university routes.

Engineering Manufacturing Technicians on average earn a salary between £25k – £30K depending on experience.

An employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file (an online E–Portfolio system) and Google Classrooms.
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