Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
About this course
This Engineering apprenticeship is aimed at anyone who is working within the Engineering sector, that requires a high level engineering qualification, giving candidates the opportunity to tailor the units delivered to suit the field in which you work.

Candidates will be able to use this qualification to progress on to University should they wish.
What will I learn?

This course is composed of a number of different Engineering pathways, allowing you and your employer to choose the pathway that suits your engineering environment:

Quality Control

The development or defining of quality control programmes and plans that ensure continuous and effective operation and performance. The carrying out of quality assurance auditing on internal processes, sub-contractors and suppliers. Typical job roles that suit this pathway are:

  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Technician
  • Quality Manager


Project Engineering

The development, manufacture and managing of a product or its lifetime in operation. These products could be individual components or small products, to large systems consisting of many sub-assemblies. Typical job roles thst would suit this pathway:

  • Design Engineer or Technician
  • Project Engineer or Technician

Engineering Design

The design of electrical or mechanical products or systems using computer aided design (CAD) software such as AutoCAD, Solidworks or catia. These designs can be either 2D or 3D. Typical job roles that would suit this pathways are:

  • CAD Technician
  • Senior Technician
  • Process Technician
  • Control and Instrumentation Technician
  • Quality Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Software Systems Technician

Technical Author

The creation of technical information to support either operation, manufacture or maintenance of Engineering products, quipment and systems. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway are:

  • Quality Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Senior Technician
  • Technical Author or Illustrator

Engineering Maintenance

The co-ordination and leading of a team carrying out maintenance activity so that a machine, engineered system or engineering plant equipment, performs consistently at the required performance or standard. Typical job roles that would suit this pathway are:

  • Systems Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Plant Maintenance Technician
  • Engineering Services Technician
Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A-C (9-4) including Maths, English and Science. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

Study, assessment and qualifications
If you have previously completed the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations qualification, you could be expected to attend college for one day per week. If not, you could be expected to attend college for between three and five days per week for at least the first six months.

Your final qualifications will include:
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma (in the pathway of your choice)
  • Level 4 or 5 HNC, HND or Foundation Degree

You will also obtain Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English should you be required to complete them as part of your course.

Additional costs and information
The typical programme duration for this Higher Apprenticeship is between 36 and 48 months - actual duration will depend on various circumstances, for example previuos experience and job role.
What could I do next?
Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.