Engineering & Science

Engineering - Work Based Learning

Start Date: Sep-17
Course Code: AENGIN FLF1A

  • Further Education
  • Full-time
  • Ballymena (Farm Lodge)

Essentials

Duration: 2/3 years Full-time
Information Event: Y


The Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (Specialist Manufacturing Engineering) balances theory with some great hands-on experience. Trainees will learn how to work safely and effectively, how to interpret engineering information such as 3D drawings and how to use maths to solve different engineering problems. By the end of the course, you will have developed a sound understanding of different mechanical and electrical components, and will be able to identify the properties and characteristics of a range of materials. There will be plenty of opportunities for trainees to demonstrate their new skills such as fabrication and welding, electronics and AutoCAD techniques.

What will I study? Pearson BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering (Specialist Manufacturing Engineering) units to include: • Applied electrical and mechanical science for engineering. •Engineering Maintenance Procedures. •Preparing and Controlling Engineering. • Manufacturing Operations. •Electronic Devices and Communication . • Engineering Assembly Methods and Techniques. • Selecting and Using Secondary Machining. • Techniques to Remove Material. • Application of Welding Processes. • Fabrication techniques and sheet metal work. • Electronic Circuit Construction. • MMA Welding ; Also known as stick or arc welding, this is the more traditional type of welding where consumable welding rods are used. Although less used than MIG these days MMA is still very useful for heavy sections and particularly outdoors welding jobs. Trainees will be taught to weld butt, overlap, fillet, corner and Tee joints and to make parts comprising a variety of these methods. • MIG welding ; MIG Welding Also known as continuous wire welding, is the most popular form of welding in industry nowadays. The filler wire is held on a reel inside the welding machine and fed out when a trigger is pressed. It is considered by some to be easier to learn and it is possible to produce quality welds quickly as there is no need to stop and replace rods. Trainees will be taught to weld butt, overlap, fillet, corner and Tee joints and to make parts comprising a variety of these methods • Bench Fitting ; Bench Fitting This unit allows the Trainee to develop skills in the basic hand tools used in the engineering workshop – pillar drill, hacksaw, files etc. The Trainees make a series of parts, which fit together, using these tools with each part being increasingly challenging. Parts made typically include a G-clamp and interlocking plates. • Sheet metal ; Sheet Metal In this unit trainees learn the basic skills needed to make parts and assemblies from sheet metal, mostly in mild steel and aluminium. The basics of folding and box-making are covered first which include joining methods such as riveting and spot welding, then Trainees progress to making complete products such as toolboxes, letter boxes and eventually onto ventilation ducting/chimneys.

What support is available while I am on the course? You will be allocated a personal tutor to help you throughout the course. The college also offers learning support and guidance.

How can I succeed on this programme? • Punctuality and 100% attendance. • Demonstrate commitment to your course. • Appropriate behaviour and maturity. • Ability to work with others. • Safety conscious. The College is committed to ensuring that all trainees benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement through Level 1 and Level 2 Skills for Work . Industry links are also through the work placements and college, employee engagement.

What will I gain? Edexcel Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering • Good practical skills. • The ability to work as part of a team and work independently. City & Guilds Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy & ICT (If applicable). City & Guilds Employability Award. City & Guilds Personal & Social Skills Award.

ApprenticeshipsNI Level 2 and Level 3 in Engineering combines the practical hands-on experience of the workplace with the knowledge and understanding and practical skills gained in the college classroom and workshops. We currently offer the following:

  • Performing Engineering Operations. Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering: The programme includes using and interpreting engineering data and operating CNC machines.
  • Fabrication and Welding: The programme includes fabrication and welding, manual welding techniques, thermal cutting techniques and understanding Computer Aided Drawing (CAD).
  • Engineering Maintenance and Installation: The programme includes carrying out fault diagnosing and maintenance activities on equipment.

How do I join? You must be in paid employment at least 21 hours per week including college day release. You are likely to be employed as one of the following: Maintenance Craftsperson Machinist/Toolmaker Welder/Plater/Fabricator Engineering Assembly. You must be aged 16-24. Applicants aged 25 + may apply but reduced funding at 50% applies. You must have at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above or other relevant qualifications. GCSEs must include Maths and a science/ science related subject. Complete an application form and attend an interview. Take part in an aptitude test (if applicable).

What will I study? An ApprenticeshipsNI Framework which consists of: A competence based element NVQ Level 2 Diploma in the following: Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering; Fabrication & Welding; Engineering Production; Engineering Manufacture; Engineering Maintenance & Installation; Engineering Installation & Commissioning; Electrical & Electronics. A knowledge based element BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering (Edexcel); City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Engineering. BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering. Employment Rights and Responsibilities Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) are a compulsory part of all Apprenticeship programmes that show that the apprentice has had a full induction to the employing company and training programme, and is aware of the essential workplace rights and responsibilities. Essential Skills Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT (if applicable).

What support is available while I am on the course? You will be allocated a personal tutor to help you throughout the course. The college also offers learning support and guidance.

How can I succeed on this programme? Punctuality and 100% attendance at your vocational day release and Essential Skills (if applicable).  Demonstrate commitment to your course. Appropriate behaviour and maturity. Ability to work with others. Demonstrate a mechanical / technical aptitude. Possess problem solving skills. Be precise and accurate and be able to follow instructions. Safety conscious.

What will I gain? ETCAL NVQ Diploma Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations. Relevant Level 2/3 Diploma- Technical Certificate- City & Guilds/BTEC etc. City & Guilds Essential Skills Numeracy/Literacy, ICT (if applicable). ApprenticeshipsNI Full Framework certificate. NVQ Diploma Level 3 (Choice of Pathway.)

Employers There is NO COST to the apprentice or the employer for ApprenticeshisNI training. The only cost to the employer is the apprentices salary. An Employer Financial Incentive is available on achievement by the Apprentice of full Level 2 and/or Level 3 Framework. This incentive ranges from £250 to £1,500 depending on the complexity and level of apprenticeship undertaken. There is reduced funding for those apprentices aged 25+.


Assessment Methods

Level 2 Certificate: Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. This will be presented as a portfolio of evidence.

ApprenticeshipsNI: Continuous assessment throughout the course of practical workshop and theory tasks. Evidence of competency can be obtained through observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, photographs, online assessments, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.


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Level 2 Extended Certificate: You must have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16 (up to 22 yrs for those who require additional support and 24 yrs for those in care) and be unemployed. Complete an application form and attend an interview and take part in an aptitude tesr (if applicable).

To be eligible to enter ApprenticeshipsNI programmes Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship provision, an unemployed person must: have attained the minimum school leaving age of 16; have or be about to take up permanent paid employment with a Northern Ireland-based company and be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/ off- the-job training) with one employer; have the potential to successfully complete all the requirements of the appropriate Level 2/Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework; meet any health requirements (eg colour vision) specific to the occupation of their choice; have achieved any necessary entry academic qualifications (eg GCSE) determined by the relevant sector for the apprenticeship and approved by the Department for Employment and Learning; and pass any entry tests specified by the relevant sector/employer and approved by the Department for Employment and Learning.

In addition if you are an existing employer you must: Be in permanent remunerative employment with a Northern Ireland-based company from day one of the apprenticeship; be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including day release/off-the-job training) with one employer; and meet all the other eligibility criteria as set out above.


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Achievement of the Level 2 Diploma could lead to employment within the Engineering Industry with the possible opportunity to achieve an ApprenticeshipsNI Level 2. NB: Progression to ApprenticeshipsNI requires paid employment and will depend upon grades achieved and satisfactory progress reviews.

Achievement of Level 2 ApprenticeshipsNI offers possible progression to ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3. Currently there are 13 Level 3 Pathways under the ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 Framework:

1. Aeronautical Engineering

2. Automotive Engineering

3. Electrical and Electronic Engineering

4. Engineering Leadership

5. Engineering Maintenance

6. Engineering Technical Support

7. Engineering Toolmaking

8. Engineering Woodworking, Pattern and Model Making

9. Fabrication and Welding Engineering

10. Installation and Commissioning

11. Marine Engineering

12. Materials Processing and Finishing

13. Mechanical Maunufacturing Engineering Achievement of ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 offers possible progression to HNC/HND.


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Farm Lodge Buildings
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Sean McAleese

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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