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Engineering Product Design Apprenticeship L3

Engineering Technician - Product Design and Development Level 3 Standard

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    4 years

  • Start Date
    January 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • January 2021, Apprenticeship


This Apprenticeship is ideal for developing skills and knowledge whilst working within the fast-paced world of Engineering. The following Standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from someone to be competent in the job role. Engineering Technicians take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They also need to be able to demonstrate a core set of behaviours in order to be competent in their job role, complement wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long term career development.

Course Content includes:

  • understanding approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
  • personal responsibility, resilience and ethics.

You will complete the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

  • This Apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your Apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this Apprenticeship course is 42-48 months.

Contact our Apprenticeship Team to find out when our next course start date is.

If you already have an employer for your Apprenticeship, or would like more information on how to find an Apprenticeship, please click Apply Now.

If you are an Employer who is looking to recruit an Apprentice or already have someone you would like to enrol onto the Apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or email to discuss next steps.

Why Our College?

Specialist workshops

All our engineering students will learn in our specialist workshops using the latest equipment and technology.

Specialist aviation facilities

Our aviation engineering courses are taught in the world class International Aviation Academy Norwich.

Designed with employers

All of our engineering, automotive, and aviation courses have been designed with local and national engineering employers

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above (or the equivalents). These should include: grade 9 – 5 (A* - C) in GCSE English, Maths and Science.
GCSE in Resistant Materials or Engineering qualifications would also be desirable, but not essential.

In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.

Learning Outcomes

For the full Apprenticeship, learners will complete:

Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard – Product Design & Development Technician

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (Development Competence) – Product Design & Development Technician


You will learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee and those of the employer with guidance from your work based assessor.


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

The employer undertakes a Portfolio based Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
A nominated Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) or Military Independent Assessment Authority (MIAA) undertakes the independent assessment to determine if the apprentice has met the Engineering Technician requirements as defined by the UK-SPEC or relevant Military Professional Competence (MPC) requirements. The PEI/MIAA will also undertake an independent quality assurance of the Employer Viva Interview documentation and checks that the employer approved mandatory qualifications achieved during the on programme phase and checked at Gateway 2 have been achieved and certificate.


Progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship or a higher level of study or employment.

Career Progression

Career or academic progression may include continuation, development or promotion at work or within this sector and progression into higher education.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, the payroll of the employer and the number of employees. Course fees are paid by the employer and not the apprentice. Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old, or with an Educational Health Care Plan, will receive an Incentive Payment to help cover their costs. To discuss Apprenticeship course fees, employers should contact the Apprenticeship Team on 0800 328 3616 or email

For more information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 0800 328 3616 or email