Electrical and electronic engineering
This technical qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the Engineering industry, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an Apprentice. Furthermore, the completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto higher education courses and training.
The course has been designed to deliver a high level of knowledge about the engineering industry as well as the occupational skills required to enter the industry (known as ‘threshold competence’). A learner who completes this qualification is well placed to develop to full occupational competence with the correct support and training.
The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the engineering industry and the sector and you will cover topics such as:
- Customer and client requirements
- Principles of design
- Design processes
- Communication in design
Learners will follow a core module that will develop a general understanding of Electrical and electronic engineering, including:
- Working within the engineering and manufacturing sectors
- Engineering and manufacturing past, present, and future
- Engineering representations
- Essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing
- Essential science for engineering and manufacturing
- Materials and their properties
- Mechanical principles
- Electrical and electronic principles
- Engineering and manufacturing control systems
- Quality management
- Health and safety principles and coverage
- Business, commercial and financial awareness
- Professional responsibilities, attitudes, and behaviours
- Stock and asset management 16 Continuous improvement
- Project and programme management
Career Pathways- Possible careers could include:
- Electrical Engineering Technician: As an electrical engineering technician, you would work alongside engineers to design, develop, test, and maintain electrical systems. You would assist with the implementation and troubleshooting of electrical projects, including installing and repairing electrical equipment.
- Electronics Engineer: In this role, you would design and develop electronic circuits, components, and systems. You might work on projects like designing control systems, developing electronic devices, or working with embedded systems. Your skills in electrical engineering would be valuable for designing and optimizing electronic systems.
- Power Systems Technician: Power systems technicians are responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting power generation, transmission, and distribution systems. You would work on tasks such as installing and repairing power equipment, conducting tests and inspections, andensuring the reliability and efficiency of electrical power systems.
- Control Systems Technician: Control systems technicians are involved in the design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of control systems used in various industries. You would work with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), distributed control systems (DCS), and other automation technologies to monitor and control industrial processes.
- Renewable Energy Technician: With the growing focus on renewable energy sources, you can specialize in the installation, maintenance, and repair of solar panels, wind turbines, or other renewable energy systems. You would contribute to the development and deployment of sustainable energy solutions.
- Maintenance Engineer: As a maintenance engineer, you would be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of electrical systems within a facility or organization. You would conduct regular inspections, diagnose faults, and perform repairs to keep the electrical infrastructure in optimal condition.