Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing.
Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations. They are required to understand on-site hazards and health and safety requirements.
The jobholder must: Understand technical drawings and specifications and be able to create their own; identify factors likely to affect design decisions; produce CAD (computer aided design) models and engineering drawings and; be able to communicate design information to internal and external parties.
There are five main disciplines within the occupation of Engineering Design and Draughtsperson. An apprentice gains an understanding across all these disciplines and will typically specialise in one or more:
- Electrical Design and Draughtsperson
- Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson
- Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson
- Piping Design and Draughtsperson
- Structural Design and Draughtsperson
•Specific entry requirements for this apprenticeship will be decided by each employer but ideally you will hold five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and maths.
•You will need to find an employer to employ you
On completion of this pathway, you could progress onto further qualifications specific to your work context. This could be a Level 4 Construction and the Built Environment HNC course or apprenticeship.