The Embedded Electronic System Design and Development Engineers programme has been meticulously crafted to empower aspiring engineers with the essential skills and knowledge required in the dynamic field of embedded systems.

This comprehensive programme blends theoretical concepts with hands-on practical experiences. You will study modelling techniques for circuit design and its analysis and embedded software development. You also gain an understanding of digital systems, microcontrollers, and programming, while also exploring analog electronics and signal processing.

As part of this course, you will develop project management skills essential for successful system design and implementation. This includes supporting activities that span from early concept feasibility to final preparation for launch and customers. You will work closely with suppliers and managers, bringing new concepts to life or contributing to redesigns of existing embedded systems.

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  • Description

    You will develop a solid grasp of the core engineering skills. These skills will not only prepare you for the workplace in demonstrating that you have the required manual dexterity to do your core role, but your competencies are transferable and can be built upon over time.

    You will develop and deepen your general engineering skills in the field of embedded systems design. In addition to Engineering competence, you will be developing programming, system designing and software development skills using a well-planned logical and systematic approach to improve your engineering career.

    On successful completion of the above, you will then progress to develop your skills in:

    • Hardware & software integration of embedded systems
    • Project management in undertaking engineering activities
    • Establishing design briefs, presenting and discussing technical proposals
    • Managing and controlling product design change
    • Supporting team feasibility design reviews
    • Demonstrating technical and commercial management in planning and managing tasks and resources

    The BEng (Hons) Engineering Design, awarded by Buckinghamshire New University, has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) to IEng level and provides professional recognition for the study undertaken.

    This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Further professional development and registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

    The typical duration of this apprenticeship is 4 to 5 years. This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience and/or someone already part qualified. Alternatively, this may also be a progression route from a relevant Advanced Apprenticeship.

    An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

    The College provides academic, pastoral and wellbeing support to any form of learning disability. We use innovative learning methods, like project-based learning, to present project outcomes.

  • Entry Requirements

    Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and have no upper age limit. Any vacancies will clearly state what the entry requirements are for the job role being advertised. There will be different entry requirements depending on the company and role.

    A minimum 5 GCSE's at grade 4(C) or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade 4(C) or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

    You will have a keen interest in engineering and engineering activities, as well as a reasonable level of competency in mathematics and science. You should be familiar with basic computer functions and applications including Microsoft Windows and Office. Parts of your programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams. Training for this application will be provided.

    A solid understanding of basic electrical and electronics and circuit design. A grasp of mathematics to understand complex algorithms and system designs. Problem solving skills to deal with technical challenges.

  • Qualification

    BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design (Electrical Engineering) Buckinghamshire New University

  • Progression

    Successful completion of this apprenticeship can give you several routes for progression in industry, including the Level 7 Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    Throughout your apprenticeship, you will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills you need for your job and career. You will have your skills, knowledge and behaviours evaluated at the end of your apprenticeship by taking an end-point assessment (EPA). This is known as synoptic assessment.

    Individuals without Level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level but can study this alongside their programme. You will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

    The Higher National elements and the degree element will be assessed through a combination of assignments, work-based assessments, case studies, team projects, live projects and exams.

  • Home Study

    You are expected to study through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. The time spent on off-the-job training should be at least 20% and should be included as part of working hours. The employer must allow time to complete the apprenticeship within the working hours, however, some homework may be set by College Tutors or Development Coaches.

  • Work Placement

    This is a work-based programme and is studied as part of an apprenticeship.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, you will not have to fund your own tuition, it is your employer and the government who cover the fees. If you are over 25, you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your training, but it depends on your employer. If you do have to contribute to the cost of training, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    The cost of training an apprentice is dependent on their age and whether or not the business pays the Apprenticeship Levy. There are a range of different grants and incentives available to employers. Contact us for up-to-date information and advice on the funding support available.

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