BEng Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

How to apply

The potential apprentice will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA) with the support of their employer and the University to ensure the apprenticeship programme is an appropriate solution to their skills development needs.

The employer should or can request the Initial Needs Assessment by emailing apprenticeships@plymouth.ac.uk.

Fees

The total cost of the Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship Level 6 (Fast-track) is:

£12,000

Funding

There are currently two funding models:

  • Fully-funded: Levy paying organisations

- If the annual pay bill of your organisation exceeds £3 million you will pay for your apprenticeship training through your levy account.

  • Co-funded: Non-levy organisations (the annual pay bill of your organisation is less than £3 million) and levy paying organisations who have exceeded their levy contribution.

- the government will financially co-support your apprenticeship training contributing 95% of the total cost. The employer will contribute and be invoiced for the remaining 5% of the total cost.

For more information about Apprenticeship Levy please visit the gov.uk website.

If you need any further information about the fees and/or funding for this apprenticeship please do not hesitate to contact us at apprenticeship@plymouth.ac.uk or call +44(0)1752 583625.

EPA301, End Point Assessment Preparation Year 1
This module is aimed at supporting apprentices who will be undertaking an end point assessment (EPA) as a part of their degree apprenticeship. The module involves regular reviews of apprentice learning and agreement of learning goals to enable apprentices develop their Professional Development Portfolio and equip them for the EPA


EPA302, End Point Assessment Preparation Year 2
This module has a similar aim to EPA301, but will run over year 2 and 3 of the programme.


CONT317, Control and Intelligent Systems Design
This module explores the application of control engineering and artificial intelligence techniques in the design of engineering control systems. 

  • To introduce students to the analysis of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering control configurations, and applications. 
  • To develop control system designs based on digital, state space and artificial intelligence approaches. 
  • To apply appropriate mathematic techniques to the evaluation of intelligent control systems design.


MFRG322, Manufacturing with Engineering Materials
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Provides students with a good understanding for additive and other advanced manufacturing technologies, their applications and current trends in manufacturing processes and systems. Manufacturing processes effect on engineering materials are also examined as is relevance to modern manufacturing, joining and bonding technologies. Engineering materials failure modes are applied to improved environmental life-cycle of manufactured products. 

  • To impart a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and mechanisms of advanced and non-traditional manufacturing technologies. 
  • To provide a foundation of knowledge about the application of modern manufacturing technologies with their effect on Engineering Materials


MFRG321 Manufacturing Systems Design and Analysis
This module develops a methodical approach to the planning and design of modern manufacturing facilities. Students will create solutions to complex production challenges by using software tools to build virtual layouts of manufacturing systems, test and validate their functionality, whilst optimising operational performance. 

  • To challenge students to design complex manufacturing facilities. 
  • To use software tools to validate functionality and optimise operational performance of manufacturing systems.
  • To develop proficiency in the use of industrial standard software tools


MATS347 Composites Design and Manufacture.
The module provides an integrated approach to design, materials and processing selection for engineering composite materials. To develop a broad understanding of the diverse range of constituent materials, and to appreciate the principles which guide their selection for engineering applications.To appreciate the criteria for materials selection, materials characterisation and the manufacturing processes for a range of composite materials. To understand the interactions between manufacture, quality and performance.


PRME308, Work Based Learning (WBL) Honours Project  (with Research Methods)
The individual project allows the student to research an approved topic of interest related to manufacturing engineering. Guided by an academic supervisor, and possible related to your employer. The student independently conducts an investigation comprising theoretical development, experimental/computational and analytical work.

A key difference between this programme and a traditional part-time degree is that we will work in parallel with our apprentices and their employers to ensure that, by the end of the academic programme of study or shortly afterwards, an application can be made by the employer for an End Point Assessment (EPA). 

The EPA is assessed independently from the academic elements of the programme. The EPA assessor for this programme could be any suitably qualified Institution or Engineers.

Manufacturing is about helping take products from design to manufacture, ensuring that they are launched on time, at cost and to the right quality.


Role specific occupational requirements:

Manufacturing Engineers primarily support the activities involved in bringing design programmes into manufacture. This role is pivotal to the launch planning and smooth delivery of exciting new products or product refresh programmes. 

The focus is on the advanced manufacturing techniques and project management skills required to launch products on time, on cost and to the right quality. 

Typically Manufacturing Engineers work closely with a range of other engineers, functions and managers both within their own company and supplier base.

This is an industry supported programme, accepting students directly into a Level 6 (final year degree) programme of learning.

The academic element, which involves study on campus, will run part-time over a 3 year period.

The degree will provide underpinning knowledge for the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) Manufacturing Engineering (Degree) Apprenticeship Standard, ST0025

As defined by the IfA, the degree is run as a non-integrated programme, blending Work-Based Learning (WBL) with learning on taught modules, taken from our existing BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering programme, and specific 3 manufacturing modules.

The programme will enable the University, students, employers and industrial mentors to collaboratively prepare candidates for the Incorporated Engineer (IEng) End Point Assessment (EPA). This could be with Engineering Council Professional Engineering Institution, e.g. IMechE, IoM3, or IET etc. 


Core skills

  • @ Academic knowledge
  • @ Occupational behaviours
  • @ Safety mindset
  • @ Strong work ethic
  • @ Logical approach
  • @ Problem solving orientation
  • @ Quality focus
  • @ Personal responsibility and resilience
  • @ Clear communicator
  • @ Team player
  • @ Adaptability
  • @ Self-motivation
  • @ Commitment

Duration: 3 years

Hours of study per week: 1 day

Delivery type: Part-time

Entry requirements: HND / Foundation degree in Engineering, possibly including EngTech professional qualification. Level 5 120 levels

The degree programme follows the University’s standard operational practice of teaching being delivered across two-semesters each year.

This part-time programme allows students to study the equivalent of 20 credits per semester in over 3 years. Normally the final year project would be completed in the third year. However, students have the option to complete in two years, where taught modules will be augmented with the addition of the 40 credit individual project, which is scheduled to run over semester 1 and 2.

Two zero-credit modules (EPA301 and EPA302) will provide a means for guiding apprentices to the End Point Assessment of the degree apprenticeship scheme and ensuring that they have an appropriate portfolio of evidence.

Delivery of teaching and learning takes a variety of forms and selection is based upon what is considered most appropriate to the topics being taught and the intended learning experience. 

Academic staff are informed by good pedagogic practice, with most holding a postgraduate teaching and learning qualification for higher education in alignment to the University’s Teaching Qualifications and Recognition Policy. 

The main delivery modes will be lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars, lab classes, group and individual projects, and independent reading and study. 

Where appropriate, an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning will be used; practical skills will be developed using industry standard software; students will be challenged with real-world projects; and collaborative activities undertaken with the School’s industry partners. 

The learning resources will be research-informed and industrially relevant with practical elements drawing on the facilities of the School of Engineering, e.g. laboratories, workshops, and computer suites with industry standard software tools.

Students will have access to in-house produced documents, podcasts, videos, online-assessment, etc. through the University’s Digital Learning Environment (DLE) and the “And also the Apprenticeship platform” (APTEM). 

The DLE provides access to additional resources such as e-portfolio, on-line training videos, reading lists, resource searching (Library), timetabling, emails and file storage through a single point of entry into the University’s computer network. 

Moodle is the preferred platform for developing content-rich teaching, learning and assessment resources. Each module will have its own Moodle page with content that is managed by the teaching team. Similarly, the programme will have its own Moodle page with content that is managed by the Programme Leader.

The Individual project module requires students to carry out self-directed reading, practise their research skills and use the knowledge that they have obtained through the taught parts of the programme. 

Each student is supported for the duration of their project by one-to-one tuition and discussion with an academic advisor. The academic advisor and one-to-one tuitions could be within a student employment organisation.

Who is this course for?

This course is for businesses employing people with a Foundation Degree on similar HND in Mechanical/Manufacturing, Materials Engineering Product Design and who may have already achieved an Engineering Council Engineering Technician (EngTech) status or similar qualification and who want to help employees progress to the next stage of professional registration, at IEng level.

Manufacturing Engineering staff