Engineering Design & Draughtsperson

Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction.

Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing.

Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations. They are required to understand on-site hazards and health and safety requirements.

The jobholder must: Understand technical drawings and specifications and be able to create their own; identify factors likely to affect design decisions; produce CAD (computer aided design) models and engineering drawings and; be able to communicate design information to internal and external parties.


There are five main disciplines within the occupation of Engineering Design and Draughtsperson. An apprentice gains an understanding across all these disciplines and will typically specialise in one or more:

  • Electrical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson
  • Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Piping Design and Draughtsperson
  • Structural Design and Draughtsperson


The following sections describe the essential core skills, knowledge and behaviours that the jobholder will demonstrate on completion of their programme.

Core Skills

  • Work safely at all times, complying with relevant national and industry health and safety requirements
  • Work in accordance with company management systems, policies and procedures
  • Employ the appropriate use of computer based technology
  • Review and interpret technical information and requirements from different sources e.g. specifications, concepts, stakeholders
  • Identify inaccuracies or discrepancies in engineering drawings and specifications and propose solutions
  • Identify and assess factors that affect designs e.g. materials, application, location, risk and environment
  • Design engineering concepts to solve engineering challenges
  • Develop effective solutions which satisfy the required standards and can be manufactured, proven, operated and maintained in a cost-effective way whilst minimising costs
  • Evaluate engineering designs to determine the most effective solution
  • Produce detailed engineering drawings to relevant standards and codes, using paper and computer
  • Check completed drawings for quality, technical compliance and completeness - both own or those of peers
  • Communicate and co-ordinate engineering design options with relevant stakeholders, colleagues and clients using sketches, schemes, models, detailed drawings and reports

Core Technical Knowledge

  • Relevant national and industry health and safety, standards and legislation and those relevant to the specific disciplines, as appropriate • Company management systems, policies and procedures
  • Document management and change control
  • Engineering codes and standards
  • Common engineering principles and the application of maths and science to engineering
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling
  • Understand the impact of relevant factors that are important to the design e.g. the context in which you are working, the materials, components, assemblies, cost, quality, safety, security, risk, environmental impact, ergonomics, aesthetics, the end use and purpose of the design
  • Manufacturing and/or construction methods as appropriate to the specific disciplines
  • Relevance and application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

    Further units dependent on employer choice.


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 42 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat basildon campus or TUCA Ilford Campus depending on demand and studied on a mixture of block and day release.

Entry requirements:

GCSE grades 5 (or c) in maths and english.


The apprenticeship framework is at level 3.


Level 3 btec diploma in engineering

Level 3 extended nvq diploma in engineering design draughtsperson.


It is possible to progress onto a higher apprenticeship in electrical or electronic systems engineering on completion of this apprenticeship.

Funding band:

This apprenticeship has a funding cap of £27,000.

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Apprenticeship standard for an
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Assessment plan for an engineering design
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