If you have just completed
your GCSE's or your A-levels, or are about to
you're probably thinking about what to do next. A career in engineering will
give you great job opportunities and whilst you are training you get paid -
so you can earn while you learn.
You can choose to do either an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship depending
on your qualifications
Examples of Engineering occupational areas covered by Apprenticeships:
- Drawing Office (Computer Aided Design)
Building services or civil engineering requires
work on a wide range of activities. An Electronics Design Engineer is
responsible for the design of the electrical installations within a
building such as power and lighting circuits. Meanwhile a Mechanical
Design Engineer would have the responsibility for drafting the heating,
ventilation and air conditioning systems. Construction engineering focuses
on materials and science whereas civil engineering investigates structural
mechanics, engineering technology and drawing presentation. All design
areas develop skills in computer aided design (CAD) and enhance an
understanding of drawing principles.
- Electrical or Electronic Production or Assembly
Electrical Production requires the manufacture, inspection
and testing of electrical equipment at component or unit level on a variety
of different types of assemblies and sub-assemblies. The electrical
equipment will have single, three-phase and direct current power supplies
and various control systems, motors, starters, switch gear, distribution
panels, wiring enclosures and luminaries. A range of assembly methods and
techniques, following engineering drawings, wiring diagrams and/or
procedures is required.
Electrical Maintenance also requires the engineer to be
able to apply reasoning and logic when diagnosing faults. They must also
be prepared to work in all environments and conditions. Typically
Electrical Maintenance Engineering will involve installation of new
circuits, fault finding, component removal and replacement as well as
carrying out routine checks and tests. This type of work should not be
confused with domestic wiring as it is conducted in an industrial
- Engineering Production Machining(Manual or CNC)
Mechanical engineering deals with the design and
construction of various components and systems and requires the ability
to operate machine and hand tools of various type and sizes. Typically
the manufacturing environment will include groups of machines, areas
dedicated to assembly, planning and design departments. The reading of
engineering drawings, planning and inspection of activities is a mandatory
Manual or computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines
are used to produce various components to a very high specification.
Engineering production will also include the Fitting and Assembly of
manufactured components into either full or sub assemblies, which may
range from small fragile components to large robust structures.
- Engineering Production Technical Support
Technical Services can involve working across many
of the following areas described in this leaflet, whilst working at a
technical level. This involves learning the skills required to help a
business run smoothly such as: logistics, engineering support, design,
production control, project management, procurements and sales.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) are essential therefore training
will be given in: preparing spreadsheets, database applications and
producing professional presentations. The Technical Services Engineer is
someone with the ability to receive and transfer technical information and
communicate at all levels.
Mechanical Maintenance involves working on various types of
mechanical equipment, which typically includes pumps, conveyors, gearboxes,
drives and linkage systems to name but a few. Skilled engineers are
responsible for fault finding these systems, dismantling the equipment to
component level and replacing items, reassembly and testing the system to
confirm correct operation. This work often takes place on-site as well as
in a workshop environment. The Maintenance Engineer is someone with the
ability to react to any given situation and apply a rational train of
thought in a hazardous industrial environment.
- Security System Installation and Servicing
Security Systems comprises of installation and servicing of
security, emergency and fire systems. Typically this will include intruder,
closed circuit television (CCTV), access control, and fire systems in
domestic, commercial, industrial, and public premises, along with routine
maintenance across the Bristol and Bath area. Due to the varied nature of
these sectors the ability to adapt to different situations and customer
requirements would be an advantage.
Fabrication involves the process of taking materials in their basic
form and using various power tools, equipment and process operations to
produce assemblies and sub-assemblies to customer specification. These
operations include the use of cutting, guillotining, oxy-acetylene,
drilling, tapping, bending and folding equipment. The completed assemblies
may then be joined together by nuts, bolts and/or rivets. The welding
process is the alternative form of joining materials or metals.
Welding is a thermal joining operation that through the use of an
electric arc and molten metal process fuses two metals together. Materials range from various
carbon steels to stainless steels, titanium and aluminium. The appropriate
welding process itself would be selected according to the type and
thickness of the materials to be joined together.
- General Fitting and Assembly
- Installation and Commissioning
- Multi-skilled Maintenance
- Service and Repair
All training programmes are nationally accredited
- Apprenticeship Placements
To check whether we have any current job placements available for apprentices,
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- Why choose to do an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship lets you work with an
employer whilst completing your course. So you get the best
of both worlds - a chance to earn money whilst gaining an
industry recognised qualification.
An Assessor will support you throughout
your training. You will attend a local training centre on a
day release and your training can be adapted to suit you and
your employer. A typical Engineering apprenticeship takes between
18 and 42 months to complete.
If you don't have the qualifications,
experience or confidence to do an Apprenticeship straight
away you can do a
programme. at our Dean Street site in Bristol.
You will work towards nationally
recognised qualifications. We offer continuous support and
advice throughout your training and an opportunity for
excellent career progression.
To find out more call 0845 338 6060 and
ask for the Training Helpline or fill in our online