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Manufacturing engineer

Helping take products from design to manufacture, ensuring that they are launched on time, at cost and to the right quality.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


6 (equivalent to bachelor's degree)

Typical length
60 months
Current funding band
Up to £27,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including maths, English and a science, technology or engineering related subject
  • A levels at grade C or above in a maths-based subject and a science, technology, engineering or another maths-related subject (or 90+ credits in an engineering BTEC at level 3)
What apprentices will learn
  • producing parts using hand fitting, fabrication and joining techniques
  • producing drawings using a computer aided design (CAD) system
  • preparing and using general and specialist machines and equipment
  • preparing and providing computer numeric control programmes (programmes that control machinery)
  • using computer software packages to help with engineering activities
  • producing assemblies using a wide range of materials and techniques
  • engineering project management, securing resources and managing budgets
  • implementing, monitoring and evaluating engineering processes

Apprentices will achieve a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Engineering.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

The apprenticeship has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council (EngC) for initial registration as an engineering technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.