About the course
The level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship is designed for apprentices looking for a career in engineering operational roles. Engineering Operatives are involved primarily in the engineering procedures which are essential in assisting the engineering and manufacturing sector. An Engineering Operative apprentice will undertake a wide range of job related tasks that they can transfer to other roles within the engineering and manufacturing sector throughout their career.
As an apprentice your duties will vary depending on your employer. The day you are in college you will be doing some workshop sessions in the College and some theory sessions learning about how to do new tasks. You will have chance to work on your portfolio and write up what you have learnt on the job.
You will need to provide boots and overalls for the practical sessions.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated and enthusiastic. You should have good maths skills and can work well as part of a team. You must be prepared for hard work and be good with your hands. It helps to be conscientious and a good team player.
An Engineering Operative will be able to:
- Work safely at all times, complying with health and safety legislation, regulations, environmental compliance procedures and systems and other relevant guidelines
- Identify and deal appropriately with any risks, hazards, hazardous situations and problems that may occur within the engineering environment within the limits of their responsibility
- Demonstrate effective communication skills which include oral, written, electronic
- Complete appropriate documentation accurately, efficiently and legibly using the correct terminology where required
- Obtain and follow the correct documentation, specifications and work instructions in accordance with time constraints and the roles and responsibilities identified for the engineering activities, extracting the necessary data/information from specification and related documentation
- Select and use appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out the engineering operation
- Deal appropriately with any problems that may occur within the manufacturing environment within the limits of their responsibility
- Work efficiently and effectively at all times maintaining workplace organisation and minimising waste
4 GCSEs at 3 or acceptable alternatives. Must include Science, plus a minimum grade 3 in English Language and Maths.
You will also need to gain a suitable employer. You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/apprenticeship/vacancies/ and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.
Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details.
Where can it lead?
You can progress onto the level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering where possible career opportunities could include working in technical support, CAD Inspection, Maintenance, Machining, Toolmaker or Fitting.