Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering 

What does a Level 2 Mechanical Engineering Apprentice do?

Machine Setter Operator - Basic machine operator for batch production activity, material preparation, operate a variety of machines to turn; drill; bore; grind; cut and mill to shape metal workpieces to specification

Machine Tool Fitter (semi-skilled) - Alignment of Linear rails and ball screws; Grinding, scraping and other adjustment techniques, Pneumatic and hydraulic pipe work working to assembly drawings

Jig and Tool Fitter (semi-skilled) - Assemble and repair machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other tools

Moulder/Coremaker (semi-skilled) - Work in foundries where metal is melted and cast into parts such as metal components for industrial machinery, turbines, and other industrial equipment

Mechanical Fitter (semi-skilled) - Assembly (under supervision) 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 hand skills for handling tools, instruments and components
Mathematical ability for engineering calculations
Spoken and written communication skills
Computer literacy
Ability to understand engineering drawings
Ability to work as part of a team
Safety awareness is essential

What is the duration of the course?

Level 2 in Engineering Maintenance takes between 18-20 months and dependent on the job role and level of work carried out.

How can I progress in Mechanical Engineering?

After completing your Level 2, you can move on to your Level 3 which will be your advanced Apprenticeship (equivalent to 2 A-Level passes).

What Qualifications will I gain?

1. Performing Engineering Operations

2. Award in Environmental Awareness

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.

5. PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills):
These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. There are 6 PLTS:
- Independent Enquirers
- Creative Thinkers
- Reflective Learners 
- Team Workers
- Self-managers 
- Effective Participators

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