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Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Level 4

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 to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible. This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year.

Entry requirements

In order to optimise success candidates will typically have 5 GCSE's at Grade 4/5 or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3. *(As further guidance, the level of Mathematics has an advisory GCSE level of Grade 5/6. Functional Skills at level 2 will be an essential element to achieving all elements of the apprenticeship.

Course content

HNC In General Engineering:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electro- Mechanical Fundamental Science
  • PLC and Automation
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Applications
  • Electronic and Electrical Principles
  • Mechanical Principles

HNC In Mechanical Engineering:

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electro- Mechanical Fundamental Science
  • Pneumatic and Hydraulic Applications
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes in Engineering

HNC In Electrical and Electronic Engineering:

  • Engineering Maths
  • Electro- Mechanical Fundamental Science
  • PLC and Automation
  • Electronic and Electrical Principles
  • Logic Circuit Design
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Operational Amplifier Design
  • Electrical Machines and Energy Applications

Assessment methods

  • Knowledge Module qualifications are exam assessed through an exam. These will be multiple choice.
  • A portfolio of workplace evidence is to be created throughout the duration of the apprenticeship using Onefile
  • Gateway assessment
  • End Point Assessment


Mandatory qualification: Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Functional Skills Level 2 Maths / English (if required)

Further study and career options

Apprenticeship Standards are Job Related. Where a learner job role changes there are opportunities for further programmes.

Additional information

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided by the employer. Apprentices will require relevant stationary and scientific calculator to complete their studies.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
48 months Flexible Flexible Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street ST0841

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.