Engineering Practice BEng (Hons)

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Graduate with a powerful set of engineering knowledge and skills. Make a vital contribution to the business needs of your employer. Specialise in either an electrical, manufacturing or design pathway.

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Overview

The Engineering Degree Apprenticeship suite consists of three pathways, Manufacturing Engineering Practice, Electronic and Electrical Engineering Practice and Design Engineering Practice.

Each route begins with its underpinning foundation degree which then feeds into the BEng (Hons) Engineering Practice Top-Up programme.

For all engineering degree apprenticeship students, stage 3 evaluates the emerging political, environmental and commercial drivers for change in the engineering industry, and explores the changes that these are likely to bring to the manufacturing sector. Developments in your professional skills will focus upon enhancing your ability to contribute fully to your business within, around and out with the specific context of your technical role. You will undertake a significant individual project based in your place of work.

Why us?

  • The programmes have been developed in conjunction with industry stakeholders and key employers including large multinational manufacturing companies and SMEs across the region
  • You will graduate with a power set of knowledge and skills enabling you to make a vital contribution to the business needs of your employer

Course structure

Teaching on this programme is planned to take place one day a week at the University. A variety of teaching styles will be employed depending on the subject needs, this includes lectures, tutorial groups, project work, group work, and laboratory work. A variety of assessment strategies will also be included ranging between exams, coursework, laboratory reports, reflective journals and presentations. Where possible real-life projects will be a feature of assessments.

Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineering

Students on the electrical and electronic degree apprenticeship also investigate the nature of the supply of electrical energy to industry, the nature of electrical drives associated with manufacturing industry, and further explore the applications of electronic systems in the industrial environment. You will apply the principles developed in the programme during your employment, and will also routinely bring your experience and observations from work into the classroom.

Stage 1

  • Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
  • Electrical and Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Manufacturing Principles
  • Design Principles
  • Instrumentation and Data Analysis
  • Introductory Project


Stage 2 (Applications to Systems and Processes)

  • Manufacturing Process Innovation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems 
  • Personal and Professional Skills 1
  • Group Project


Stage 3 (System and Process Design and Enhancement)

  • Engineering Enhancement
  • Electrical Power Systems 
  • Industrial Electronic Systems
  • Personal and Professional Skills 2
  • Individual Project

Manufacturing Engineer

Students on the manufacturing degree apprenticeship also engage in the design of manufacturing processes and explore approaches to ensuring quality and reliability in the manufacturing industry. You will apply the principles developed in the programme during your employment, and will also routinely bring your experience and observations from work into the classroom.

Stage 1

  • Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
  • Electrical and Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Manufacturing Principles
  • Design Principles
  • Instrumentation and Data Analysis
  • Introductory Project


Stage 2 (Applications to Systems and Processes)

  • Manufacturing Process Innovation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Lean Principals
  • Personal and Professional Skills 1
  • Group Project


Stage 3 (System and Process Design and Enhancement)

  • Engineering Enhancement
  • Manufacturing Process Design
  • Quality and Reliability Engineering
  • Personal and Professional Skills 2
  • Individual Project

 

Product Design and Development Engineer

Students on the design degree apprenticeship also explore the nuances of designing products with the aim of simplifying and making the manufacturing process more efficient and effective, and further develop their understanding of how to measure and assure the quality of a product. You will apply the principles developed in the programme during your employment, and will also routinely bring your experience and observations from work into the classroom.

Stage 1

  • Engineering Mathematics and Statistics
  • Electrical and Mechanical Principles
  • Materials and Manufacturing Principles
  • Design Principles
  • Instrumentation and Data Analysis
  • Introductory Project


Stage 2 (Applications to Systems and Processes)

  • Manufacturing Process Innovation
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Digital Design Processes
  • Personal and Professional Skills 1
  • Group Project


Stage 3 (System and Process Design and Enhancement)

  • Engineering Enhancement
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Product Quality and Validation Engineering
  • Personal and Professional Skills 2
  • Individual Project
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for engineers include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology, including journals, technical reports and dissertations 
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier, with journals such as ‘Engineering Structures’, ‘Advanced Engineering Informatics’ and ‘Electric Power Systems Research’
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text engineering and management articles
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Facilities

You will be based at the David Goldman Informatics Centre. Our specialist labs include:

• Product Development Lab
• Electronics Lab
• Automation Lab
• Project Lab
• Material Characterisation Lab
• Formulation Lab
• Thermofluids Lab
• Mechanical Engineering Lab

You will have access to a range of industry-leading technologies at the Industry Centre, the home of the Institute of Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice as well as access to industrial standard software to help prepare you for a future career in a digital context.

Entry requirements

The programme is work based and, as such, is subject to the apprentice being employed by an organisation throughout the duration of the programme. The employer must confirm apprentices comply with the apprentice eligibility criteria including funding requirements.

Entrants to the degree apprenticeship Foundation Degrees will usually have gained the equivalent of 112 UCAS tariff points in  relevant subject areas or relevant work experiences.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Maths and English Language, or an equivalent qualification. In addition to tariff points, an employer may set other requirements.

If you’re looking to start an apprenticeship, it is the employer that will advertise this opportunity, not the University. To search for apprenticeships offered by employers in your area go to: gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.

Fees and finance

There are different ways for the employer to fund the costs of higher and degree apprenticeships, which may include government levies already paid for by the employer or specific funding opportunities which may be available. For a discussion around your specific requirements please contact:

T: 0191 515 3361 / apprenticeships@sunderland.ac.uk

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Employment

Due to the nature of the programme you will be employed for the duration of study; this is likely to extend well beyond the programme. During the programme, you will make an increasing contribution to the employer and will become a highly regarded employee capable of applying engineering knowledge and skills to solve real problems in a commercial context.

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