(This apprenticeship is in development and subject to validation)
During the Foundation stage the apprentice must develop a solid grasp of the core engineering skills. These skills will not only prepare the apprentice for the workplace in demonstrating that they have the required manual dexterity to do their core role but their competencies are transferable and can be built upon over time. The skills required are:
- Complying with statutory regulations and stringent organisational safety requirements
- Producing components using hand fitting, fabrication and joining techniques
- Producing Computer Aided Design (CAD) models (drawings) using a CAD system
- Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist machines and high tech equipment
- Preparing and proving Computer Numeric Control programmes
- Using computer software packages to assist with and evaluate engineering activities
- Producing and managing engineering project plans
- Producing assemblies using a wide range of materials and techniques
During the development stage they would hone their general engineering skills, along with the likes of experimental / new model development, component investigation and problem solving, measurement, control & inspection. With all of these skills, they will be using a logical and systematic approach.
- On successful completion of the above, the apprentice will then progress to develop their skills in:
- Project management and scheduling engineering activities
- Securing appropriate resources and managing budgets and resources
- Implementing, monitoring and evaluating engineering processes
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