Engineering covers a wide range of careers from building and transport to cosmetics. Engineers work in all kinds of environments from offices to getting ‘their hands dirty’. They can influence every aspect of modern life from designing and manufacturing your iPod to ensuring that you satellite dish can transfer images to your television.
- Apprenticeship lasts approximately 2 years
- Training is completed largely in the work place after initial period of training at HGTA/WGTA
- A 1 or 2 year technical certificate is achieved on day-release at an agreed
- Fabrication & Welding Engineer
- Toolmaker and CNC Machinist
- Electrical/Mechanical Assembly Engineer
- Maintenance engineer
- At least 4 GCSEs grade Cs or above
- Commitment, determination and enthusiasm!
- Apply to HGTA/WGTA directly
- All applicants undergo assessment and interviews which will start as early as February
- Companies usually make final recruitment decisions by July.
Below are some of the different types of engineering apprenticeships:
Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical fitters help to build or repair machinery that can make things. Producing and/or fitting parts and equipment together by using drawings or actually finding out the size of components and how they fit.
Pipefitting/fabrication & welding – sheet metal workers change flat sheets of metal into different shapes. They often need to use heavy equipment and cranes in their jobs. Welders use intense heat to join metals together and pipe fitters make piping for carrying gases and liquids.
Electrical Engineering & Electronics – Electrical maintenance engineers repair and maintain all electrical equipment used in a factory. They also install electrical equipment such as switches and fuse boxes, connecting and fitting wires correctly.
Machining and Tool making – Machinists use various tools to shape metal to a high level of accuracy. Turners use lathes that spin pieces of metal at high speeds. Cutting tools are held against the material shave metal from the surface and produce the required shapes. Milling is a process that cuts metal from an object held by a type of clamp, using a revolving cutter. A grinding machine is used to finish work to exactly the correct size. Toolmaking involves making all the special equipment used to produce shaped components ie. Car parts.