Reference Quantity: ST0027

Particulars of normal

 Designation of Occupations

“Product Design and Improvement Engineer” (Degree 6)

Period of Apprenticeship

Usually the length of this apprenticeship is 5 to six years. This length could also be decreased for a candidate with earlier related expertise and/or somebody already half certified. Alternatively this may occasionally even be a development route from a related Superior Apprenticeship.

Suggested Entry Requirement

Particular person employers will set the choice standards for his or her Apprenticeships. In an effort to optimise success candidates will usually have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, together with Arithmetic, English and a Science, Know-how or Engineering associated topic, in addition to A Ranges at grade C or above in each a Mathematical primarily based topic and a Science, Know-how, Engineering or further Arithmetic associated topic, or 90+ credit in an Engineering BTEC. The Apprenticeship as a Product Design and Improvement Technician gives a possible preparation route for this Apprenticeship.

Function Particular Occupational Necessities

Product Design & Improvement Engineers work on all levels of product creation, product modification and product componentry. They assist actions ranging on early idea feasibility, Pc Aided Design and different modelling, actions and levels by to remaining preparation for launch and prospects. This contains working in idea studios, fast prototyping, meeting, testing, validating and analysing efficiency. Usually they work intently with suppliers and managers in convey new ideas to life or contributing to redesigns of current merchandise.

Vocational Abilities:

In the course of the basis stage the apprentice should develop a strong grasp of the core engineering abilities. These abilities is not going to solely put together the apprentice for the office in demonstrating that they’ve the required primary abilities to do their core position however their competencies are stretching and transferable and might be constructed upon over time. The talents required are:

  • Tips on how to adjust to statutory necessities and stringent organisational security necessities
  • Tips on how to successfully use, interpret and consider a spread of engineering information sources and documentation
  • Organising work effectively and successfully in managing engineering sources when finishing duties
  • Producing elements utilizing hand becoming strategies and producing mechanical assemblies
  • Producing Electrical or Digital Drawings or CAD Fashions utilizing a CAD system
  • Getting ready and utilizing lathes, milling and different common or specialist excessive tech tools
  • Making use of mechanical, electrical and digital gadgets and tools
  • Utilizing laptop software program packages to help with engineering actions
  • Producing and managing engineering challenge plans

In the course of the improvement stage they’d hone and deepen their common engineering abilities in there specialist areas and likewise could bear placements in related supportive features to supply breadth of expertise. With all of those abilities, they are going to be utilizing a well-planned logical and systematic method.On profitable completion of the above, the apprentice will then progress to develop their abilities in:

  • Challenge Administration in endeavor engineering actions
  • Establishing design briefs, presenting and discussing technical proposals
  • Managing and controlling product design change
  • Supporting crew feasibility design evaluations.
  • Demonstrating technical and industrial administration in planning and managing duties & sources

Academic Data:

The apprentice would full a HND or Basis Diploma which would supply the inspiration stage of the information parts within the competence qualification. It would assist the elemental scientific and mathematical rules that equip apprentices with the understanding required to function successfully and effectively at excessive degree inside this sector. As a core the engineer must cowl round 960 educational Guided Studying Hours, so as to have a strong grasp of;-

  • Arithmetic and science for engineers
  • Supplies and manufacture
  • Mechanical. electrical and digital rules and functions
  • Statics and dynamics
  • Tips on how to undertake and apply business-led tasks
  • Engineering operations and enterprise administration
  • Making use of superior expertise strategies

For the Improvement Part the apprentice will construct on their Basis information by finishing a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Engineering. Right here they’ll increase their understanding to a better degree and start on specialised modules in the course of the latter a part of this qualification.

Occupational Behaviours:

Trendy excessive worth engineering organisations require their apprentices to have a set of occupational behaviours that may guarantee success each of their present and future roles and in assembly the general firm aims. These required behaviours embody:

Safety mindset: This occupation sits inside an trade with a excessive degree of security essential actions. There must be strict compliance and a disciplined and accountable method to handle, mitigate and keep away from danger.

Strong work ethic: Constructive angle, motivated by engineering; reliable, moral, accountable and dependable.

Logical method: In a position to construction a plan and develop actions following a logical thought course of, but in addition capable of shortly “suppose on toes” when working by them.

Problem fixing orientation: Identifies points shortly, enjoys fixing complicated issues and applies applicable options. Has a powerful need to push to make sure the true root reason behind any downside is discovered and an answer recognized which prevents additional recurrence.

Quality focus: Follows guidelines, procedures and rules in making certain work accomplished is match for objective and pays consideration to element / error checks all through actions.

Personal accountability and resilience: Motivated to succeed accountable and protracted to finish job.

Clear communicator: Use quite a lot of applicable communication strategies to provide/obtain info precisely, and in a well timed and optimistic method.

Staff participant: Not solely performs personal half however capable of work and talk clearly and successfully inside a crew and interacts/ helps others when required. In doing so applies these abilities in a respectful skilled method.

Applies Lean Manufacturing Rules: Steady enchancment in driving effectiveness and effectivity

Adaptability: In a position to modify to totally different circumstances, applied sciences, conditions and environments.

Self-Motivation: A ‘self-starter’, who at all times needs to provide their greatest, units themselves difficult targets, could make their very own selections.

Willingness to study: needs to drive their steady skilled improvement

Dedication: In a position to decide to the beliefs, targets and requirements of their very own employer and to the broader trade and its skilled requirements.

Training and Improvement Abstract:

There might be two phases of coaching to make sure that apprentices meet this Apprenticeship commonplace, in keeping with specified employer necessities (1). The muse section might be intensive off the job coaching centered on growing the apprentice’s core abilities, information and behavior, permitting them to work successfully with supervision in a largely simulated working setting. This stage would require usually 1400

Vocational Guided Studying Hours, build up from fundamentals to extra complicated engineering operations and practices. The duties might be aligned to the job position to develop a spread of tailor-made core engineering strategies so by the top of this section the apprentice will be capable of display, below unbiased check circumstances, that they will deploy their abilities and occupational behaviours. As well as the apprentice usually undertakes an HND or Basis Diploma.

The event section will give attention to making use of the apprentice’s on-job vocational competence supported by additional guided studying, enabling them to ultimately work successfully with out the necessity for shut supervision. The competencies gained are sufficiently transferable by the top of this improvement section for somebody to adapt shortly to operate successfully after minimal instruction on new tools / environments or revised working practices, while finishing an Engineering Diploma. There might be a sturdy synoptic employer endorsement as a part of the ultimate evaluation of this section to make sure that the apprentice has demonstrated full competence towards the information, abilities and behaviours on this commonplace. The employer will log off that the apprentice is ‘job prepared’ as a reliable Skilled Design and Improvement Engineer.

Professional Recognition and Profession Development:

This commonplace has been designed to satisfy the skilled requirements of the Engineering Council for preliminary registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Establishment of Mechanical Engineers. Additional skilled improvement and registration is topic to candidates efficiently finishing the suitable studying, growing the suitable competence, and present process skilled evaluation.

Governance & Evaluation date:

March 2016 by engineering employer led trailblazer collaboration.


(1) In an effort to articulate the particular degree of abilities, information and behaviours required to be achieved and assessed to display full occupational competence, the employers on the trailblazer group have developed a extra detailed Employer Occupational Transient s(EOB). These temporary will inform the awarding organisations of the required parts of data, behaviours and vocational abilities inside this Apprenticeship Commonplace. It would additionally present a transparent foundation for the event of the evaluation of this Apprenticeship and can allow the sector to keep up world class ranges of high quality and be certain that the credibility, transferability and consistency of the Apprenticeship consequence is maintained.


Change log:

Final up to date ninth April 2018
ninth April 2018

Up to date AP 

  • Further element and readability offered for the top level evaluation strategies together with particulars of grading descriptors
  •   Removing of obligatory on programme gateways, basis section finish check and different references to basis and improvement phases
  • Removing of all obligatory {qualifications} except English and maths at degree 2 and the requirement to attain a BEng or BSc Diploma previous to the EPA gateway
  • Gateway info included
  • Roles and duties part included
  • Resit/retake info included
  • Inside high quality assurance info included
  •   Affirmation that exterior high quality assurance might be undertaken by the Institute for Apprenticeships

Present evaluation plan 

Revealed AP Product design and improvement engineer AP_01

Revealed commonplace Present commonplace 

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