Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Level 6

The role of the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer is to apply their knowledge of electronics and of embedded software to the design of circuits or devices that provide a useful function, that are capable of being manufactured at a competitive cost, and that are reliable and safe in use. This involves the use of the engineer’s knowledge of electronics and electronic principles, married to an expertise in the end use of the final product. In electronics this end use can cover a wide spectrum. Examples of industrial sectors that rely heavily on Embedded Systems Design and Development Engineers include Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Instrumentation, Robotics, Telecommunications, Information and Computer Technology, Defence, Energy (including renewables), Transport and Consumer Electronics. The role provides the basis of learning with potential to specialise as a Hardware Engineer, Software engineer or Systems Engineer in these sectors and can extend from design of integrated circuits through to complete systems.

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineers will spend their careers in these industries developing the next generations of products such as smartphones, electric vehicles, communications satellites, smart grids and bringing concepts such as smart cities into reality. For others, an initial grounding in design and development will prove an excellent launch pad for a career in applications engineering, product management, marketing or general management.

The Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer must be proficient in a wide range of skills, underpinned by academic understanding, to enable them to work across these sub-sectors and specialisms.

Apprentices will complete a Degree that will support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that equip them with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within any of these sectors. This will be supported by vocational training to develop the required competencies specific to particular roles within the chosen sectors.

Information for Applicants

Requirements

A competent Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer will meet the following requirements:

KnowledgeWhat is required
Electrical circuit theoryUnderstanding of basic electrical theory
Electronic componentsKnowledge of the method of operation of basic semiconductors and passive components including their most common uses. Also the basic formulas used in their application
Analogue and digital design techniquesUnderstanding of design of both analogue and digital circuits and the basic design rules for mixed analogue and digital circuit boards
Structured softwareComprehension of the fundamentals of structured software design
Company SpecificsUnderstanding key aspects of the employer’s business and product applications – against a template to be generated by the employer

 

SkillsWhat is required
Circuit designDesign functional electronic systems and circuits from component level
Circuit layoutUtilise modern CAD technology to implement circuit design with understanding of considerations for heat dissipation, electrical interference and other industry specific considerations affecting layout
Structured programming for embedded softwareWrite and document structured code to comply with industry norms and to allow others to understand and subsequently maintain/modify the code
Mathematical modellingUtilise modelling techniques for circuit design, embedded software development and thermal management
Design for purposeAbility to demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of design for market, design for manufacturability, design for testability and design for maintainability
Testing methodologyAbility to develop a test plan for a product that they have developed
Product transition into productionAbility to explain the process by which a product is introduced into production, including what aspects are discussed at what stage and with whom and how development gateways work
 Project ManagementAbility to develop a basic project plan including resource planning, time planning, use of contingencies etc. Also techniques for predicting pinch points and strategies for timescale recovery
 ComplianceAwareness of international standards and compliance requirements for the products designed by the employer. Ability to discuss the differences between legislative and non-legislative requirements
 Commercial awarenessAbility to demonstrate knowledge of basic business fundamentals including costs, overheads, gross margin, net margin, profit, and cash
 Health and SafetyAbility to demonstrate awareness and understanding of basic health and safety principles both in the general workplace and specific to electronic circuit design

What are the entry requirements?

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications and experience. Typically candidates will have attained A-Level standard or equivalent, in Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics and will have English Language at GCSE (grade C or above).

How often do I have to attend college?

Attendance at University Centre Colchester will be required and will be communicated post-employment and enrolment. This will allow apprentices to have lectures and workshops for their degree modules.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of this apprenticeship will include both on-programme assessment and a synoptic, end-point assessment.

Qualifications: What award will I achieve?

An Honours Degree in Electronics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering which has been accredited by one of the Professional Engineering Institutions licensed by the UK Engineering Council.

Apprentices without a Level 2 English and maths must complete this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Professional Registration

Completion of the Apprenticeship will be recognised by the relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Apprentices will demonstrate the following behaviours.

BehavioursWhat is required
MotivationSelf-starter, organised thinker. Works safely and effectively without close supervision
CommunicationConfident in oral, written and electronic methods. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of stakeholder
Team ethos and leadershipExhibits leadership behaviour and qualities. Demonstrable ability to work as a member of a team.
Continuous developmentCommitted to personal learning and development
Problem solving/practicalityEnjoys problem solving. Able to demonstrate practical capabilities in their professional role.
ResponsibilityAccepts responsibility for own work and that of others
Ethics and professional standardsExercises responsibilities in an ethical manner and respects and complies with company rules and guidelines. Able to commit to beliefs, goals, and standards of their employer and the wider industry and its professional standards

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

How is the apprentice assessed?

The assessment of this apprenticeship will include both on-programme assessment and a synoptic, end-point assessment.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Attendance at University Centre Colchester will be required and will be communicated post-employment and enrolment. This will allow apprentices to have lectures and workshops for their degree modules.

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work- based tasks and build a portfolio of supporting evidence.

Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Level 6
LevelLevel 6
LocationColchester
DurationThe duration of this apprenticeship is unlikely to be less than 36 months.
CampusColchester Institute
University Centre Colchester
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£27,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£2,700
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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