Automotive clay modelling apprenticeship

Automotive clay modelling apprenticeship

Before any new car model is launched, a long period of creating the right design takes place. The process of designing a car starts with hundreds of sketches that eventually get refined and narrowed down to a select few.

Even today, computer models are not sufficient to assess how good a design will be, so the automotive industry uses models made from industrial clay to transform a designer’s sketch into a three-dimensional (3D) model that can be studied and reviewed. Quarter-size and full-size models are used to to give an impression of the final car.

On an Automotive clay modelling apprenticeship, you will work as part of a team to translate two-dimensional (2D) concepts into compelling 3D models, and propose your own ideas and interpretations from the drawings provided. You will use digital modelling software and automated cutting equipment but will almost certainly get plenty of chances to get your hands dirty as well.

The automotive sector currently employs over 700,000 people in the UK, in jobs ranging from design, development, manufacturing, retail, and service and repair, and there is impressive scope for progressing your career as a successful apprentice.

Employers will want to know that you are are keen and motivated to work in an engineering environment, as well as being willing to undertake training both on and off the job.

After completing your apprenticeship you could go on to a team leader or other supervisory role, and in some cases there may be the opportunity to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship in engineering or design.


Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

not available

Job roles:

Automotive clay modeller

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