Engineering manufacture apprenticeship

Engineering manufacture apprenticeship

Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. Everything, from aeroplanes to mobile phones, comes back to engineering.

The Engineering Manufacture apprenticeship is available at two levels:

  • Intermediate Level – for operator and semi-skilled roles
  • Advanced Level – for craft and technician roles

Intermediate Level

The hugely diverse Intermediate Level apprenticeship is divided into seven pathways: Aerospace; Marine (ship, yacht and boat building, maintenance and repair); Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering; Engineering Maintenance and Installation; Fabrication and Welding; Materials Processing and Finishing; and Engineering Technical Support. As a result, the apprenticeship offers a broad range of employment opportunities across these sub-sectors.

The type of work you’ll be doing will depend on your employer and on the pathway you choose to follow. Generally, you will gain the basic skills, knowledge and transferable skills that will enable you to take on a semi-skilled operator role within your chosen area of engineering. You will learn about work safety, how to communicate technical information, and how to identify engineering equipment.

The opportunities are endless and diverse. For example, on the Aerospace pathway you could train to be a survival equipment maintenance mechanic, ensuring that onboard aircraft survival equipment is maintained and remains fully functional. By contrast, on the Marine pathway you might learn to be a marine carpenter, who fits out ship interiors, or even a sailmaker. The Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering pathway could lead to a future role as a machine operator or semi-skilled sheet metal worker. From electronics maintenance to repair of military weapons, from welding to quality control there really is something for everyone interested in a future career in engineering.

Advanced Level

The Advanced Level apprenticeship covers a broad range of areas in the field of engineering, such as Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics and Marine (leading-edge sectors) and Mechanical, Electrical, Metal Goods and Other Transport Equipment (mature sectors). It is designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and competence to operate as a skilled craftsperson (skilled in practical trades, like fitting or machining) or technician (involved in technical matters and problem-solving) within these areas. Craft roles are generally more common within the mature sub-sectors, whereas technician roles tend to be found within the leading-edge sub-sectors.

The Advanced Level apprenticeship offers a choice of 14 pathways: Aerospace; Marine (ship building, maintenance and repair); Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering; Marine (yacht and boat building, maintenance and repair); Engineering Maintenance; Fabrication and Welding; Materials Processing and Finishing; Engineering Technical Support; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Installation and Commissioning; Engineering Tool-making; Automotive; Engineering Woodworking, Pattern and Modelmaking; and Engineering Leadership. There is a very significant range of job titles, roles and occupations within the scope of the Advanced Level apprenticeship, including many that require specialist skills.


For both apprenticeships, you will need to demonstrate that you are keen and motivated to work in an engineering environment. You will also require a good head for figures and IT literacy. You’ll need good written and verbal communication skills as well as good spatial awareness and you will be a team player.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£12,000–£16,000 (£18,000 at Level 3)

Job roles:

Intermediate level – Semi-skilled fitter (aircraft assembly), Machine operative, Semi-skilled sheet metal worker, Electronics maintenance fitter, Military armourer, Pipe fitter, Welder, Process engineer, Die-caster

Advanced level – Specialist welder (submarines), Aero engine fitter/tester, Skilled machinist, Marine engineer (welder, fitter, carpenter), Tool-maker, Electrical design engineer, Engineering woodworker, Shipwright

Issuing Authority:

Semta –