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Engineering and Design Draughtsperson - Level 3 Apprenticeship

42 months
Greater Manchester SkillCentre, Trafford Park

An Engineering and Design Draughtsperson will produce engineering designs and drawings for components, structures and systems used in industrial and commercial construction.

There are five main disciplines within the occupation of Engineering Design and Draughtsperson. An apprentice gains an understanding across all these disciplines and will typically specialise in one or more:

  • Electrical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson
  • Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Piping Design and Draughtsperson
  • Structural Design and Draughtsperson
When does the course start?

You can start this apprenticeship at any time. 

What does the course cover?

The following sections describe the essential core skills, knowledge and behaviours that the jobholder will demonstrate on completion of their programme.


  • Work safely at all times, complying with relevant national and industry health and safety requirements
  • Work in accordance with company management systems, policies and procedures
  • Employ the appropriate use of computer-based technology
  • Review and interpret technical information and requirements from different sources e.g. specifications, concepts, stakeholders
  • Identify inaccuracies or discrepancies in engineering drawings and specifications and propose solutions
  • Identify and assess factors that affect designs e.g. materials, application, location, risk and environment
  • Design engineering concepts to solve engineering challenges
  • Develop effective solutions which satisfy the required standards and can be manufactured, proven, operated and maintained in a cost-effective way whilst minimising costs
  • Evaluate engineering designs to determine the most effective solution
  • Produce detailed engineering drawings to relevant standards and codes, using paper and computer
  • Check completed drawings for quality, technical compliance and completeness - both own or those of peers
  • Communicate and co-ordinate engineering design options with relevant stakeholders, colleagues and clients using sketches, schemes, models, detailed drawings and reports

Technical Knowledge

  • Relevant national and industry health and safety, standards and legislation and those relevant to the specific disciplines, as appropriate
  • Company management systems, policies and procedures
  • Document management and change control
  • Engineering codes and standards
  • Common engineering principles and the application of maths and science to engineering
  • Fundamentals of engineering drawing and design
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling
  • Understand the impact of relevant factors that are important to the design e.g. the context in which you are working, the materials, components, assemblies, cost, quality, safety, security, risk, environmental impact, ergonomics, aesthetics, the end use and purpose of the design
  • Manufacturing and/or construction methods as appropriate to the specific disciplines
  • Relevance and application of Building Information Modelling (BIM)


  • Comply with health and safety requirements and company policies and procedures at all times
  • Have a strong work ethic including attention to detail and commitment to completing the task in hand
  • Take personal responsibility for your own work, set the right example for others and actively seek opportunities for quality improvement
  • Apply and uphold principles of ethics and sustainability
  • Commitment to advancing own learning and competence, showing a willingness to learn new skills and an openness to others’ ideas and input
  • Use effective communication and interpersonal skills, show sensitivity to others and work collaboratively
  • Accept and promote equality and diversity


What will I achieve?

On successful completion, you will achieve an Engineering and Design Draughtsperson Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

What are the entry requirements?

You must have a GCSE grade A*-C or 4-9 in GCSE maths and English.

Where will I study?

You will attend the GM SkillCentre 1 day per week and a Skills Development Tutor will visit you at your workplace every 4 to 6 weeks.

How much does the course cost?

There is no fee for the learner. For information on costs to the employer, please contact us.

T. 0161 876 3300