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Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

The Engineering technician apprenticeship combines classroom training with practical workshop activities. This will further develop learning within the workplace across a range of engineering disciplines conducted in the College setting and then further developed in the workplace. You’ll achieve industry recognised qualifications, develop your engineering skills and knowledge.

Entry requirements

It is desirable that apprentices will hold GCSEs in maths English and ICT at grade C or above. If the apprentice has been employed without these grades the opportunity to undertake Functional Skills at level 2 will be an essential element to achieving all elements of the level 2 apprenticeship.

Course content

You will study a range of topics, such as:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements (Mandatory)
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment (Mandatory)
  • Using and communicating technical information (Mandatory)
  • Demonstrating Personal Accountability in an Engineering Environment (Mandatory)
  • General Machining, Fitting and Assembly Applications
  • General Fabrication and Welding Applications      
  • General Maintenance Engineering Applications    
  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace Mandatory       
  • Communications for Engineering Technicians Mandatory           
  • Mathematics for Engineering Technicians Mandatory      
  • Engineering Project                                                                          
  • Further Engineering Mathematics
  • Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials
  • Mechanical Principles                                                          
  • Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices             
  • Computer -aided design in engineering                  
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

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


  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – for all starts from 1st July 2017
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship you can progress to our Higher National Certificate (HNC) Engineering programme. 

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 ST0457

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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.