Product Design

Product design & development technicians primarily work on all stages of product creation and modification. They support activities ranging from early concept feasibility, design and development stages right through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically they work closely with engineers in bring new concepts to life or supporting redesigns of existing products.


Year 1

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
  • General turning, milling and welding applications
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Assembling and testing electronic circuits
  • Wiring and testing programmable logic controller based systems
  • Producing cad models (drawings) using a cad system
  • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians

Year 2

  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • Producing components using rapid prototyping techniques
  • Producing engineering project plans
  • Communications for engineering technicians
  • Mechanical principles of engineering systems
  • Engineering drawing for technicians
  • Electrical and electronic principles

Year 3

  • Further engineering mathematics
  • Properties and applications of engineering materials
  • Electronic circuit design and manufacture
  • Computer-aided drafting in engineering
  • Engineering project

Further units dependent on employer choice.


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 36 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat basildon campus and studied on a mixture of block and day release.

Entry requirements:

Gcse grades 4 (or c) in maths and english.


The apprenticeship standard is at level 3.

Please note, this standard is part of an overall standard covering a number of job roles. The holding standard can be found here: Engineering Technician


Level 2 diploma in advanced manufacturing engineering

Level 3 diploma in advanced manufacturing engineering

Level 3 advanced manufacturing engineering

Professional registration:

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the engineering council for registration as an engineering technician (engtech) in partnership with the institution of mechanical engineers (imeche). Professional registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.


It is possible to progress onto an hnc in mechanical design engineering on completion of this apprenticeship.

Funding band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 15 with a funding cap of £27,000.

For more information on how apprenticeship funding works for your organisation, click here.


Apprenticeship standard for a product
design and development technician

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Assessment plan for a product design and
development technician

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