Design and Draughting

Design and Draughting – Level 3

Computer Aided Design (CAD) has become the standard design tool in the engineering industry. Many engineering design technicians now work solely on computers, creating 3D images, engineering systems and virtual reality tours of plants that have not yet been constructed.

What Will Be Covered:

You will receive comprehensive off the job training. Training will be practical using equipment, tools and machinery found in the workplace. You will learn how to operate computers and peripheral hardware, access and use a range of software packages and produce drawings using computer aided drawing software.

Career Opportunities:

CAD operators have a general role covering aspects of piping design, electrical and instrumentation, mechanical equipment or civil/structural design. Design technicians get involved at all stages of a project, creating specialised technical specifications. Often going on to site as part of a trouble-shooting team, they get to see the finished design which helps them understand what’s involved. You can add to your skills at work and maybe aim to become a supervisor or manager, or go into other industries such as architecture, or motor manufacture design.

Entry Requirements:

3 GCSEs, 9-4/A-C including Maths & English.

Additional study:

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. You will also cover topics relating to Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning, Thinking Skills.

Location and Assessor Frequency:

1st year of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job and based within NETA’s training Centre. The remaining duration of the programme will be based on-site within the workplace and you will be visited by a Competent Assessor.


42-48 months.


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