Level 4 Apprenticeship

Aerospace Engineering Technician

Aerospace Engineering Technician

This page provides an overview of the Level 4 Aerospace Engineering Technician apprenticeship programme delivered by Marshall Skills Academy, including a brief overview of the duties an apprentice must carry out, the apprenticeship programme structure, qualifications included in the programme and the entry requirements.

Duties of an Aerospace Engineering Technician:

  • Actively participate in training sessions, exams, and one-on-one meetings with your tutors/assessors.
  • Manage time effectively, balancing requirements of coursework, assignments and exams.
  • Engage in self-reflection on personal practices and experiences, incorporating feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Undertake both scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance, including defect rectification for aircraft systems and components.
  • Perform repairs to airframe structures, ensuring structural integrity.
  • Execute modifications to aircraft structures, systems, and interiors.
  • Fulfil related duties, such as operating ground equipment, assisting in aircraft movements, and participating in aircraft delivery.
  • Collaborate with the shop floor to assess damage and design practical repair schemes.
  • Use specification data to design repairs, encompassing material selection, stress calculations, and inspection requirements.
  • Design modifications for airframe or avionic systems, employing various computer-based design tools and prototyping.
  • Work within a project team to translate requirements into deliverable products.

An Aerospace Engineering Technician Apprentice is expected to develop foundational skills and knowledge to conduct maintenance, repairs and modifications on a variety of aircraft, adhering to safety protocols, deadlines and budget constraints. This knowledge can then serve as a stepping stone to transition into the engineering and design teams, potentially leading to further qualifications. Following the first year of the apprenticeship, the role will transition to an office-based position.

The Apprenticeship

As an Aerospace Engineering Technician apprentice, you will be following the level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Aerospace sector). More detailed information on this standard can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s website.

Aerospace Engineering Technician Apprentices will gain the following qualifications during the four-year programme:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace & Aviation Engineering (foundation competence)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (competence qualification)
  • Level 4 HNC in Engineering

You will work towards developing key knowledge, skills and behaviours through a range of workshop training, classroom sessions and on the job learning. Alongside your technical skills, you will also develop the behaviours needed to set the foundation for your future career. You will be supported every step of the way by our instructors, mentors, line managers and fellow apprentices.

You will complete an initial block of learning in the Marshall Skills Academy workshop in order to gain your level 2 competence qualification, before moving into the workplace. An assessor will meet with you every six weeks to review and sign off on your competence qualification. For your knowledge qualification, you will also attend a combination of day and block release learning - either in person or virtually.

All qualifications can be completed within three to three and a half years (though some businesses may need extra time to provide the experience required for the competence qualification). You will commence your HNC qualification in year two and complete this by the end of year three. This will be delivered by a college local to the employer.

Following completion of all qualifications, you will then move into the End Point Assessment (EPA) period which can take up to six months to complete.

The programme will require you to rotate around different departments to ensure you meet all units within your competence qualifications. Work will be done with your employer to ensure the appropriate units are selected and can be met within their business.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for individuals coming out of year 13 or those looking for a complete change in careers with no previous experience. There is no upper age limit or prior experience requirement, but you will need to demonstrate a passion for the work and an aptitude for a career in engineering. This pathway is for those looking to enter engineering teams within an aerospace/aviation environment rather than working directly on aircraft.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/4-9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics, English and Science.
  • Level 3 qualification in Engineering or A Levels (preferably including Mathematics and Physics).
  • Must not have already completed the level 2 and 4 qualifications listed above in the “Apprenticeships we deliver” section.
  • Right to work in the UK and residency eligibility (required for funding).
  • Must successfully pass all required medical and security checks.