Composites Technician, Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship offers a specialised and exciting career path for individuals passionate about working with advanced composite materials. A composites technician plays a crucial role in the production and manufacturing of materials and components that find application in diverse applications such as airplanes, cars, boats, turbine blades, oil and gas rigs, bridges, trains, and satellites. Their expertise spans across a wide range of processes and their specialised knowledge and skills contribute to the success of manufacturing programmes and projects.
This comprehensive programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training, providing you with the skills and expertise necessary to excel in the field of composites manufacturing and repair. Through a structured curriculum and mentorship, you will learn the intricate processes involved in composite material preparation, lay-up, curing, and finishing. You will gain proficiency in utilising cutting-edge equipment, tools, and techniques to fabricate high-performance composite components. By completing this apprenticeship, you will be poised to become a skilled professional in this rapidly growing industry, contributing to the development of innovative and lightweight solutions that drive technological advancements.
An apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to acquire industry-specific qualifications and valuable hands-on experience while earning a salary. You’ll have the chance to work closely with experienced professionals in the property industry, meaning you’ll gain practical skills that make you highly employable and give you a head start in your career. We pride ourselves on our strong partnerships with key local organisations. You'll become part of our Engineering Career Excellence Hub and enjoy a host of career-boosting benefits and valuable access to potential employers. Benefit from work experience opportunities, engaging trips and tours, guest lectures from industry experts and courses designed in collaboration with employers to meet industry demands. You'll gain invaluable industry insight and create numerous networking opportunities. By the time you complete your training, you'll be fully prepared for your future career, armed with the skills and knowledge that employers value.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
Composites manufacturing is the combining of materials to form a lighter and stronger rigid structure as an alternative to metal. These lightweight rigid structures are essential in the Aerospace, Automotive, Marine and Renewables industries and are becoming increasingly important in the Oil & Gas, Construction and Rail sectors.
Examples of areas you will learn are:
- Engineering drawing
- Composite material production for marine construction
- Manufacturing processes
- Principles of defects, detection, and repair processes
- Wet layup techniques
- Resin infusion techniques.
Apprentices will need to achieve a Level 3 knowledge qualification and a work-based NVQ qualification before the end-point assessment.
The end-point assessment is a work-based project (a report of not less than 1,500 words focusing on specific work-based tasks) and a professional discussion, including a ‘viva’ on the work-based project.
Apprentices can progress to related degrees or degree apprenticeships, including those on offer at University Centre Weston, or into engineering management positions.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and maths, or a Level 2 composites or engineering programme. You will need to be in relevant employment, but we can help you find this.
To be an apprentice, you will need to find a suitable employer. Click here for advice: How to Apply for an Apprenticeship | Weston College
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