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Engineering Manufacturing Skills Academy - Apprenticeship NI

Level 2


The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components:

Engineering qualifications (Combined)

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering(above cover: Welding , Fitting & Platework)

Additional Units including:

  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • CAD
  • PLC’s

Essential skills at an appropriate level in:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • ICT

The course supports learner skills and knowledge development for the following pathways:

  • Maintenance Technology
  • Fabrication and Welding Technology
  • Electrical and Electronics Technology
  • Technical Support.

You will learn:

Health and Safety in Engineering, how to read and take engineering instructions in order to carryout engineering activities including the following:


Produce the following MIG welds to specification in the Flat and Horizontal Vertical position:

  • fillet lap joints
  • tee fillet joints corner joints
  • butt joints


Produce components to specification using such things as:

  • measuring and marking
  • sawing
  • filing
  • drilling
  • threading equipment
  • power operated machines

Plate work

Produce plate work components and assemblies using the following processes:

  • shearing and punching
  • folding
  • oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting
  • welding, mechanical fasteners

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

  • Understanding the use of Fluid Power within Engineering
  • Design circuits to suit the operation of engineering scenarios

Programmable and logical controllers (PLC’s)

  • Wire and test PLCs and learn how to:
  • Use software to program Siemens PLCs
  • Control electro pneumatic circuits and motors
  • Use relay control and a range of sensors

Computer Aided Design

  • Understanding 3D design of products which apply to engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Essential Skills and Broader transferable skills in preparation and to support working in an engineering environment.

Year One

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment (Mandatory Unit)
  • Engineering Technology (Mandatory Unit)
  • Fabrication and Welding Technology (Mandatory Unit)
  • Producing Components using Hand Fitting Techniques (Skills Unit)
  • Preparing and using welding equipment (Skills Unit)
  • Plate work components and assemblies (Skills Unit)
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics (Manufacturing Skills Academy additional unit)
  • Programmable and logical controllers (PLC's) (Manufacturing Skills Academy additional unit)
  • Computer Aided Design (Manufacturing Skills Academy additional unit)
  • Unit :

Entry Criteria::

  • 5 GCSEs (Grade A-D) to Include GCSE Maths and English
  • Participating Employer .
  • Professional interview and aptitude test.

The Mandatory units are assessed by an online multiple-choice assessment. The practical units are assessed by short answer question papers and practical tasks completed in the college workshops.

Additional Units- Hydraulics and Pneumatics, CAD and PLC’s are assessed through portfolio assessments and practical tasks.

1.5 years (Fast Track)

1 Available Session

*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




Session Code

2 Year(s)



Mode of Study


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Number of Weeks

Interview Required


Academic Year


Start Date

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