Engineering Study Programme

The Basics

Sector: Engineering
Awarding Body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Engineering – Fabrication and Welding Technology
Qualification Type: Diploma
Duration: 6 months
Type of Assessment: Continuous assessment throughout the programme

What you will Learn

> How to set and use manual milling and lathe
> Correctly working to agreed tolerances
> How to write, test and edit CNC programmes
for computer numerical control lathes and
milling machines
> CadCam; Computer Aided Manufacturing
> Computer Aided Design; 2 dimensional and
solid modelling
> Positional welding techniques (horizontal and vertical) including MMA (Manual Metal Arc), TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) and MIG (Metal Inert Gas)
> Fabrication techniques including basic hand skills,
pattern forming and a range of types of metal joining techniques


If you are looking to start your career in the Engineering industry, but don’t have any experience or want to have-a-go before committing to an apprenticeship, this is the best start for you.

You will work towards improving your hand skills and knowledge of milling and turning, CNC and CAD programming and a range of fabrication techniques.

As part of this programme you will gain accredited qualifications in welding and metal machining, develop your skills in English and Maths and receive work experience with a top local employer.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications for this programme, just a willingness to learn and an interest in the Engineering industry.

Roles Available in this Sector

> Fabricator and Welder
> Mechanical Engineer
> Manufacturing Operative
> Plant Operator


> Level 2 Apprenticeship in Engineering


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I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School