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Engineering manufacture (craft and technician) apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the engineering manufacture (craft and technician) sector.

This apprenticeship covers several categories:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • metals
  • electrical equipment
  • electronics
  • marine maintenance
  • mechanical engineering

Training opportunities

The sort of work you’ll be doing will depend on your employer. Generally, engineering apprentices will learn to take on an operator role in a certain area of engineering. This could involve anything from assembling car engines to installing telecommunications systems. Most duties will involve the maintenance of equipment and machinery - as an electronics maintenance technician you’ll be carrying out:

  • planned and emergency fault diagnosis and maintenance
  • testing and repairing electronic equipment and circuits
  • testing and repairing communications equipment
  • testing and repairing instrumentation and control equipment
  • servicing equipment and carry out quality inspections

You could also work as a project manager: planning, organising, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project objectives.

Types of apprenticeships

On this advanced level apprenticeship you could train in roles like:

  • aircraft systems fitter (manufacture)
  • aero engine fitter (manufacture)
  • aero engine fitter/tester
  • aircraft maintenance fitter
  • composite technician
  • airframe fitter (manufacture)
  • marine fabricator/welder
  • marine electrical fitter
  • marine pipe-fitter
  • marine engine fitter
  • marine mechanical
  • fitter
  • marine electronics technician
  • specialist welder (submarines)
  • marine machinist
  • marine carpenter
  • skilled machinist
  • tool-maker
  • metal forger
  • skilled sheet metal worker
  • skilled fitter
  • composite technician
  • pipe fitter and assembler
  • marine engineer
  • marine electrician
  • shipwright (boat builder)
  • marine painter
  • rigger/boatmover
  • marine fitting out carpenter
  • engineer
  • marine electronics technician
  • mechanical maintenance technician
  • electronics maintenance technician
  • electrical maintenance technician
  • fluid power maintenance technician
  • lift services maintenance technician
  • plant and systems maintenance technician
  • sheet metal worker
  • plater / fabricator
  • welder
  • process engineer (casting)
  • mould and core maker
  • sand caster
  • die caster
  • CAD draught person
  • measurement and control technician
  • quality control inspector
  • technical support engineer
  • metrology inspector
  • industrial electrician
  • electrical engineering technician
  • electrical design engineer
  • measurement and control technician
  • test technician
  • electronics technician
  • electronics assembly technician
  • electronics manufacture inspector
  • electronics manufacture technician
  • installation and commissioning technician
  • installation and commissioning technician (light equipment)
  • toolmaker (manufacture)
  • toolmaker (research and development)
  • motorsport technician (mechanical)
  • motorsport technician (electrical / electronic)
  • vehicle builder (commercial and passenger carrying vehicles)
  • vehicle development technician
  • vehicle test technician
  • engineering woodworker
  • engineering model maker
  • CNC/NC wood machinist
  • project leader (engineering)
  • project manager (engineering)
  • product support engineer

Apply for an engineering manufacture (craft and technician) apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education