Course Overview

Product Design & Development Engineers work on all stages of product creation, product modification and product componentry. They support activities ranging on early concept feasibility, Computer Aided Design and other modelling, activities and stages through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically they work closely with suppliers and managers in bring new concepts to life or contributing to redesigns of existing products.

During the foundation stage the 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 basic skills to do their core role but their competencies are stretching and transferable and can be built upon over time. The skills required are:

  • How to comply with statutory requirements and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • How to effectively use, interpret and evaluate a range of engineering data sources and documentation
  • Organising work efficiently and effectively in managing engineering resources when completing tasks
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques and producing mechanical assemblies
  • Producing Electrical or Electronic Drawings or CAD Models using a CAD system
  • Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist high tech equipment
  • Applying mechanical, electrical and electronic devices and equipment
  • Using computer software packages to assist with engineering activities
  • Producing and managing engineering project plans

During the development stage they would hone and deepen their general engineering skills in there specialist areas and also may undergo placements in relevant supportive functions to provide breadth of experience. 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
  • Establishing design briefs, presenting and discussing technical proposals
  • Managing and controlling product design change
  • Supporting team feasibility design reviews.
  • Demonstrating technical and commercial management in planning and managing tasks & 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