Product design and development technician apprenticeship

Product design and development technician apprenticeship

The automotive industry is always looking ahead to the future and product designers and engineers work together to determine the look and feel of new cars and other forms of transport, and ensure that they run as fast and as fuel efficiently as possible. Its an exciting industry to work in and the skills of product design and development engineers will help to shape transport for the future, influencing among other things how our cars will look and function, and the impact they will have on the environment.

Product design and development technicians work closely with engineers to bring new concepts to life or redesign existing products. From assessing the feasibility of an early concept, through the design and development stages, and right up to final preparation for launch and customers, product design and development technicians work on all stages of product creation and modification. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance.

During the foundation stage of your apprenticeship, you will develop the core engineering skills needed in the workplace. These skills are highly transferable and you will learn how to produce components and prototypes using equipment ranging from hand tools to more specialised high-tech machinery.

Later on, you will hone these skills, working on prototype development activities ranging from products themselves, mechanical, electrical and electronic assembly, experimental/new model rigs, product-related fitting instrumentation and testing using a well-planned, logical and systematic approach.

Typically this apprenticeship will take between three and four years to complete and afterwards you will be eligible to register as an engineering technician (EngTech) with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Level 3 (Advanced)

Starting salary:

not available

Job roles:

Product design and development technician

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