Mechanical Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 3

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This programme is aimed at anyone wanting to become a mechanical engineer. Mechanical engineers are responsible for developing and designing machinery and components that are used in most aspects of our daily lives.

Course Information

With this apprenticeship, you will need to be technically minded and a great problem solver. You will gain the skills and knowledge of a wide range of mechanical manufacturing activities including fitting and assembly, CNC machine operating and composite manufacturing. With the manufacturing industry being one of the biggest in the world job prospects are very positive.


Benefits / Skills

  • Understanding of computer numerical control (CNC) machine operating
  • Overhauling and testing processes
  • Exploring spring making
  • Engineering specialisms such as photonics engineering
  • Understanding machine tool setting
  • Understanding composite manufacture engineering
  • Entry Requirements

    The employer will agree entry requirements for these apprenticeships and these will depend on the role that they are advertising. Please check that you meet all essential criteria before applying for a position, you can find the details of these on the full vacancy description (links below). If you are unsure about this please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0113 284 6464.

    Career Progression


    As a toolmaker you will assemble, fitting and repair tools. In addition, you will follow engineering drawings to mark out the design for tools and will assist with tool maintenance and compiling reports.


    As a pipefitter you will install and assemble a variety of metal and non-metal pipes, tubes and fittings. In addition, you will secure pipes to structures and plan installation or repair work.

    Below are some Leeds City College apprenticeships you could potentially progress on to once you have completed this programme: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 4
  • Installation Electrician/Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship Level 4
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    Course Facts


    92.7% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.

    Extra Curriculum

    The average salary for a qualified maintenance engineer is £37,500.

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    97.7% of our apprentices found our staff enthusiastic, knowledgeable and able to answer all relevant questions.

    Course FAQs

    What is the difference between a standard and a framework?

    The standard was developed in-line with employers and focuses on the skills, knowledge and behaviour that a candidate needs to secure in the role. Frameworks are qualification- focused and are tailored around the aims of the awarding body. It can be confusing but your allocated business engagement advisor will find the right apprenticeship for your business.

    What happens if an apprentice goes on maternity leave or is off sick for a long period of time?

    If an apprentice is going to be off for a significant amount of time, we can put them on a break in learning that stops the apprenticeship at the point they got up to. They can then restart it when they are back in work. Further details on this can be discussed with your apprentice’s assessor.

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