UTC South Durham offers a pre-apprenticeship pathway in the form of the Level 2 Engineering Technician Standard. This National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) course is delivered in collaboration with Hydram Engineering.
The course can be taken over one or two years, depending upon the student’s GCSE results and previous experience of engineering. The course helps students to develop specific skills, knowledge and behaviours which are found in a range of engineering disciplines.
The Engineering Technician programme prepares students for an engineering apprenticeship or to follow onto relevant Level 3 courses in engineering. The programme is full time and students work through units to meet the Level 2 Engineering Technician Standard, a widely recognised apprenticeship standard in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Timetabled lessons are taught by specialist staff, all with teaching and industry experience in their relevant field of expertise. Additional self-directed study will be spent writing up the practical activities being working on, or sitting additional GCSE Maths and English lessons (if required).
Students work on a number of units, including:
- Safe working practices
- Communicating technical information
- Conducting business improvement activities
- Producing components using bench fitting techniques
- Preparing and using lathes, CNC machines, manual TIG or MIG welding equipment
- Producing sheet metal components and assemblies (<3mm)
- Producing engineering drawings
- Computer aided drawing (CAD)
- Principles of CNC machining/fabrication
- Minimum of a grade 3 in Maths and grade 3 in English Language GCSE