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Leonardo’s four-year Design Engineering Technician Apprenticeship provides a wealth of hands-on learning and development opportunities. Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the engineering design lifecycle by deploying the methods of designing electrical and mechanical systems.
You will undertake a series of three-month placements – covering Mechanical, Electronic, Systems, Software and Quality Engineering – that will train you in the design and development of industry-leading radar and laser systems. A placement in any of these areas will involve learning how to design electronic or mechanical components using Computer Aided Design and analysis tools or working in a laboratory-based role developing and testing cutting-edge PCB and Mechanical assemblies.
We help develop your communication and problem solving skills, working in a team as well as with our customers and suppliers. You will be working at the forefront of technology in world leading facilities and there may be opportunities for travel between the company’s UK sites to meet with colleagues, customers and suppliers.
Years 1 and 2:
Through rotational placements you will gather real work evidence such as written logs describing day-to-day tasks completed and highlighting the key engineering competencies you have demonstrated. The SVQ Level 3 will require you to complete a folder of this evidence, demonstrating your development into a well-rounded technician/engineer through on-the-job training and are gaining the essential practical skills to succeed. During this time you will also be attending college on day release to gain the academic qualifications required by the Apprenticeship framework.
Years 3 and 4:
Having gained broad experience across Leonardo, you will undertake a final placement and further your academic study to HND level. These activities will be focused on your area of specialism and the on-the-job training will enable you to gather the final evidence required for the SVQ. Beyond the programme, there may be the opportunity for you to further your academic achievements based on your talents and capability and needs of the business.
• 3 Higher Grades (or equivalent):
• Mandatory: Mathematics (A-C) and Physics (A-C) or Engineering Science (A–C)
• Plus Another Higher subject, preferably a technological subject e.g. Graphic Communication, Product Design, Craft & Design, Tech Studies, Computing etc. (A-C)
• Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C) English