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Composite engineering apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the composite engineering sector.

A composite engineer works in a company that produces or uses composite materials (strong lightweight material developed in a lab). The 2 biggest sectors affected by the composite market are aerospace and wind energy.

Training opportunities

The engineer helps with the production and overseeing of the creation of the materials as well as their use in other products.

Entry requirements

You’ll need some science qualifications as well as the basic maths and English skills required. For the intermediate placement this is only E to D grade, but the advanced apprenticeship requires C or above in all 3 GCSEs, or an equivalent qualification.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You can train in roles like:

  • operator (semi-skilled) spray lay-up laminating techniques
  • operator (semi-skilled) wet lay-up laminating
  • operator (semi-skilled) resin flow infusion techniques
  • operator (semi-skilled) filament winding techniques
  • trimmer (composite mouldings)
  • composite assembly operator
  • operator (composite repair)
  • quality assurance operator

Advanced level apprenticeships

You can train in more specialised roles like:

  • GRP finisher/laminator (large structures)
  • GRP finisher/laminator (small structures)
  • carbon fibre pre preg technicians
  • composite technician
  • Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • composite assembly/repair technician
  • tooling engineer
  • composite pattern maker
  • composite assemblies fitter

Apply for a composite engineering apprenticeship

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

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