Course Overview

Electrical or electronic technical support engineers primarily support manufacturing in both assembly and in product design and development. They support the activities involved in bringing the concept to life and resolving issues within manufacturing. Typically they work closely with other engineers, suppliers and managers covering a broad range of support activity.

During the Foundation stagethe apprentice must develop a solid grasp of the core engineering skills. These skills will not only prepare the apprentice for the workplace in demonstrating that they have the required manual dexterity to do their core role but these competencies are transferable and can be built upon over time. The skills required are:

  • How to comply with statutory requirements and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • Producing Electrical or Electronic Drawings using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) system
  • Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist machines and High Tech equipment
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment, assembling and testing electronic circuits
  • Using computer software packages to assist with engineering activities
  • Producing engineering project plans
  • Maintaining and improving electrical equipment and systems

During the development stage they would hone their professional engineering skills, along with, experimental and new product development, component investigation regarding costing, supplier support and design, development and  test engineering. With all of these skills, they will be using a well–planned logical and systematic approach.

On successful completion of the above, the apprentice will then progress to develop their skills in:

  • Project management in undertaking engineering activities
  • Producing and working to engineering specifications and briefs, presenting and technical problem solving
  • Scheduling and managing engineering activities
  • Electrical and electronic product manufacturing and testing
  • Demonstrating technical and commercial management in planning and managing tasks and resources

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Degree Apprenticeship, Level 6
Typically the duration of this apprenticeship is 5 to 6 years. This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience and/or someone already part qualified.
Academic Year
September 2024 - June 2028
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We have worked in partnership with South Devon College (University Centre South Devon) for over 10 years to provide a combination of Engineering Level 3 and Degree Apprenticeships. Over these years we have built a strong relationship with the college, which enables us to provide the right setting for our apprentices to help them thrive in this working environment. We work in partnership with South Devon College and support the assessment methods within these qualifications. These assessments are varied, and we have been able to support with practical assessments for the Competency Documents. We have regular opportunities to offer feedback on the course and the assessments. As a leading manufacturer of fibre optic components and assemblies, we understand the demand for these specialist roles within our engineering sector. The role maintains to feature as part of our workforce enhancement planning and demand for these roles continues to flourish.

Christopher Thorpe, Apprenticeship Coordinator at G&H Torquay