Course Details

The apprenticeship underpins the knowledge and skill for a composites technician A Composites Technician is engaged in a variety of processes in the production and creation of materials and components that are used in a range of applications including but not limited to: airplanes, cars, boats, turbine blades, oil & gas rigs, bridges, trains and satellites. They provide specialised knowledge and skills that support manufacturing programmes and projects and may be deployed in the areas of design, tooling, moulding, lay-up, curing, machining, inspection, testing, repair and material production. As the Technician grows in competence and expertise, other areas of composites technology such as automated manufacture development, preform technologies, processing technologies, validation and post processing, may form part of their role and responsibility.

Entry Requirements

Each employer will stipulate their own entry requirements but it is likely that many will seek a Grade A* to C in Maths, English and a Science or Technology based subject The typical duration of this apprenticeship will be 3 years

Career options

Composites Designer, Composites Tool-Maker, Composites Laminator, Composites Inspector, Composites Repairer, Composite Materials Technician.

Composites Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

Five highlights

  • 1 Progression and preparation for ongoing full time employment
  • 2 Progression and preparation for ongoing full time higher education
  • 3 Industry standard and leading facilities
  • 4 Industry experienced lecturers
  • 5 Work based scenario projects

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • Flexible start date
  • Apprenticeship Composites Technician

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Course code Location Course length Start date
MNT261WMMA Chichester Campus Flexible Flexible start date

What you need to know

What will I study?

Working safely, appropriately and collaboratively ? Equality & diversity. ? Maths, science and engineering disciplines. ? The characteristics of Composites and their various applications. ? Composite materials and consumables ? Types of Resins. e.g. Polyester, Epoxy, Bio-resins. ? The manufacture of materials. e.g. Semi-finished, woven reinforcements, preforms. ? Material Science, Design, Tooling, Moulding, Laminating, Curing, Testing, Inspection & Repair. ? Hand Lay-up. e.g. Open moulding, Spray Lay-up. ? Automated Lay-up. e.g. Automated Fibre Placement, Automated Tape Layup. ? The manufacture of complex parts eg. Airplane Wings, Body Armour, Turbine Blades. ? Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD) standards and their importance in the workplace ? Manufacturing costs and the need for preventative maintenance. ? Business Improvement Techniques and waste reduction. ? Application of IT systems to support manufacture (including CAD/CAM/CMM) ? Automation techniques including programming and operating robots. ? Supporting R & D projects ? New Product Development.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught and assessed at college on a 1 day a week basis. You will have regular assessment from a lecturer and will build a portfolio of skills at your workplace

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through assignments, examinations and phase tests. Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking any end point assessment

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