Engineering manufacture

Information on engineering manufacture apprenticeships and what career opportunities there are in this sector.

Apprentices on the job Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. Everything, from airplanes to mobile homes, comes back to engineering.

The engineering manufacture apprenticeship is available at two levels:

  • Engineering Manufacture - Operator and semi-skilled
  • Engineering Manufacture - Craft and technician

Intermediate level apprenticeships

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 do

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.


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 apprenticeships

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.

What you’ll need to apply

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.


The starting salary - once qualified - is between £12,000 - £16,000 on completion of the intermediate level apprenticeship and £18,000 for the advanced level.

Want to find out more?

Further information on these apprenticeships can be found at www.semta.org.uk [new window].


Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide [new window].

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