Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering 

What does a Level 3 Mechanical Engineering Apprentice do?

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture framework is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and competence requirements to work at a craft or technician level (Level 3) as appropriate, to carry out a variety of engineering and manufacturing processes within the following range of sub-sectors: Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Metal goods and Other Transport Equipment.

Skilled Machinist – Machine components by applying a variety of removal and shaping techniques such as boring; cutting; drilling; milling; grinding and lapping.

Toolmaker - Work from engineering drawings to make precision tools, special guides and holding devices for use in manufacturing.

Skilled Fitter - Assembly of mechanical equipment and related systems to required specifications

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must be aged 16 or over and should have:
- Practical abilities and the desire to work with your hands
- High motivation and are keen to work in the engineering/manufacturing environment
- The ability to follow instructions and diagrams
- The ability to work accurately and a good eye for detail
- Good communication and problem solving abilities
- Good numeracy and literacy abilities to work with data
- The ability to work on your own initiative, but also be a good team worker

What is the duration of the course?

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship takes approximately 36 months to complete.

How can I progress in Mechanical Engineering?

After completing the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, you could progress onto Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4 in Engineering Leadership, HNC or HND.

What Qualifications will I gain?

This qualification gives both a basic all-round grounding in engineering operations and techniques, as well as extensive theoretical and practical experience in your occupational area. On completion, you will be of fully-skilled status. You can choose from a variety of pathways such as Machining, CNC Machining, Fitting and Assembly etc.

1. The NVQ Extended Diploma in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering:
The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) will be gained through on and off the job training and the assessment of this will take place both within our Engineering Training Centre and in your workplace.

2. Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology:
You will learn about health and safety, engineering principles and be involved in practical activities relevant to your chosen pathway.

3. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR):
Employment Rights and Responsibilities cover legislation and other key policies you need to know and understand, relevant to your job role.

4. Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT at Level 1:
Functional Skills are qualifications in Maths, English and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to learn, live and work successfully.