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Why Engineering Design & Draughtsperson?

This apprenticeship is for those apprentices who are carrying out Engineering Design and Draughtsperson roles; typically producing designs and drawings for structures, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems, mechanical components and rail infrastructure used in industrial and commercial situations.

Apprentices would typically be based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations.

They will develop an understanding of on-site hazards and health and safety requirements, as well as technical drawings and specifications; identifying factors likely to affect design decisions; producing computer aided design (CAD) models and engineering drawings and communicating design information to internal and external parties.

Qualification and Level

EAL Level 2 NVQ Performing Engineering Operations

BTEC Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering

Technical Support

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (Electrical/Electronic or Mechanical Engineering or Engineering).

End-Point Assessment:

Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship.

The assessment, with an independent assessor, will comprise of:

  • Knowledge test
  • Practical test
  • Structured interview

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend college on day release for the first two years and work for their employer for the rest of the week. After the first two years they are based with their employer with assessor visits in the work place.

What is the Entry Criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You should have, as a minimum, five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C/4 or above, including GCSE maths at grade 5 (or minimum of C on the higher paper) and GCSE English grade 4 (or minimum of C/4) and also a science or technical subject at C or above.


This apprenticeship takes approximately four years.

What Next?

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). If supported by the employer, progression could include HNC/D/Degree (BEng) in a relevant discipline and/or a Higher Apprenticeship.

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