UCL Human Resources


Engineering manufacturing technician

This level 4 programme fosters skills for technical careers in diverse sectors such as the Automotive and, Aerospace industries, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, and more.

About the programme

This apprenticeship provides an opportunity to develop your knowledge skills and behaviours to pursue a career in technical role in wide range of sectors such as Automotive, Aerospace and Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers, and their respective supply chains.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support for engineers, so that organisations can develop, produce, or test new and existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Engineering Manufacturing Technicians gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information and data. They will make decisions, solve problems and produce and where applicable, update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, reliability, production schedules and targets, costing or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned or decommissioned.

In our technician’s daily work, as an employee involves interactions with the line manager, and working collectively as part of the department on projects as well as agreed individual responsibilities. Engineering Manufacturing Technicians have a combined role which can be office based and, in the workshops, manufacturing at an operational level. Often working with production team leaders leading to working with specialist quality or design engineers. The role will involve liaising with internal colleagues, and students. 

As an employee there is a responsibility for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time in the agreed budget. They will typically report to an engineering or manufacturing manager as part of a cross functional team, the size of this team and responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the department / faculty. Working within defined quality processes and procedures, they are responsible for the delivery, quality and accuracy of the work they complete. As an apprentice you will have the support to use judgement when undertaking the occupational duties and applying their technical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a wide range of contexts and environments. You will learn to use a range of tools and techniques to support decision making and solve problems that are often complex and non-routine. Also have a responsibility to identify and contribute to making improvements such as business processes, procedures, ways and methods of working as they grow in the knowledge skills and behaviours.

What is it?

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours and upskill yourself to meet the professional needs of the department whilst in full time employment. As a new employee to UCL as an apprentice you would join on the apprentice salary scale, as a current UCL staff member you remain on your current contract and salary scale. 
UCL, has 11 facilities, with over 14,000 staff catering for over 45,000 students, Apprenticeships offer great opportunities to grow and develop the skill sets within a team in professional services, technical community, and academic roles. 

The Engineering manufacturing technician apprenticeship standard is over 42 months period plus End point Assessment which can be over 3 months. During this time the as an apprentice you will gain the opportunity to learn and practice the skills developing to the standards required to be met to achieve the apprenticeship at the appropriate level.

Who is it for?

The apprenticeship programmes are suitable for school or college leavers with a level 3 qualification in engineering or similar who have a keen interest in developing a career in the engineering sector. This may also be suitable for career changers or graduates that wish to pursue a career as a Engineering Technician in the Higher Education sector. 

Funding for the training is through the apprenticeship levy and there are specific eligibility criteria, that applicants need to meet, which includes residency status in the UK.

We expect all applicants to have a minimum Level 4 (grade C, equivalency) or above in GCSE English and maths.
You will be fully supported throughout your apprenticeship by your line manager, a mentor, the HR apprenticeship team, and the training provider coaches.

The aim of the programme is to prepare you for a long-term career at UCL. You will be supported in making applications for permanent roles where available and applicable before the end of the apprenticeship. For more details please see career progression pathways and opportunities

How do I apply?

As an early career apprentice

All our early career vacancies are advertised on the ‘Find an apprentice’ website. Also on our UCL job page as well as on local job boards and with the training provider. All applications are managed on behalf of us by the training provider.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview in person.

We work closely with partners in Camden, Newham and neighbouring boroughs to provide opportunities to local residents and school/college leavers, who will also offer support for making an application.

As a mid-career development apprenticeship

If you are unqualified and inexperienced

It is important to have an initial discussion as part of your appraisal career conversation or directly with your line manager and agree the apprenticeship standard, and level meets the departments, and your development needs as well as identifying the opportunity to meet the outcomes through the duration of the learning period. You must both have a good understanding of the content of the apprenticeship, the benefits and commitment required to successfully complete the apprenticeship. 

When selecting the level of apprenticeship, you would need to show that by completing the apprenticeship you will be gaining a significant level of new knowledge and skills supporting your professional and career development. 

Where there is pilot cohort, please complete submit the expression of interest for further information to be shared with you and your line manager.