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: 

  • Processes of production and manufacturing
  • Material used in production, manufacturing, and fabrication environments
  • Specialist machinery utilised in the production and manufacturing environments
  • Product and project management
  • Quality assurance and quality control 

Learners will follow a core module that will develop a general understanding of manufacturing, 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
  • Mechatronics
  • 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
  • Continuous improvement
  • Project and programme management

They will also learn about topics specific to Machining and toolmaking technologies including:

• Analyse and interpret engineering and manufacturing requirements, systems, processes, technical drawings and specifications.

• Plan and prepare the relevant processes, tools, equipment, and resources, needed to produce relevant products and produce appropriate outcomes.

• Produce relevant products and outcomes, considering the specified requirements, context and materials, using the relevant machining and toolmaking technologies, methods and processes.

• Support the delivery (and management) of relevant projects and activities, helping to evaluate and review processes and outcomes, and to improve practices.

• Communicate production information, proposals and solutions, producing, recording and explaining relevant technical information, representations, processes and outcomes.

AUEA UTC will offer learners a unique learning experience through practical real-life projects which will be led by industry experts. Learners will be taught by teachers who have industry experience and are well established classroom practitioners.

Our learners have the opportunity to join additional societies to widen their skillset and knowledge including CCF.

Career Pathways.

Career Pathways- possible careers could include:

  • CNC Machinist: As a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinist, you would operate computer-controlled machinery to manufacture precision components. You would interpret technical drawings, set up machines, program machining operations, and monitor the production process to ensure accuracy and quality.
  • Tool and Die Maker: Tool and die makers create and repair tools, dies, and molds used in various manufacturing processes. You would work with specialized machinery to shape, cut, and form metal parts, ensuring that they meet precise specifications. This role requires strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Precision Engineer: Precision engineers design, develop, and manufacture high-precision components and mechanical systems. You would use advanced machining techniques, CAD/CAM software, and precision measurement tools to create complex parts used in industries such as aerospace, medical devices, and automotive.
  • Manufacturing Engineer: Manufacturing engineers focus on optimizing production processes and improving efficiency. You would analyze manufacturing methods, design fixtures and tooling, develop work instructions, and collaborate with cross-functional teams to streamline operations and enhance productivity.
  • Production Supervisor: As a production supervisor, you would oversee manufacturing operations, coordinate workflow, and ensure that production targets are met. You would manage a team of operators, monitor quality control procedures, troubleshoot issues, and implement process improvements.

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Learners will be assessed against the following assessment themes:

  • Health and safety
  • Planning and preparation
  • Production
  • Quality review and evaluation