Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering Practice

Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus


This award is designed for suitably qualified school leavers or mature learners who have an interest in engineering and wish to gain employment in the engineering industry as a Mechanical Technician, Fabrication Welder or an Engineering Maintenance Technician. This award is also suitable for anyone with an interest in Multiple Skilled crafts. Successful completion of the award also provides a sound foundation for anyone who wishes to study engineering at higher level.

This programme seeks to combine the development of practical skills with underpinning knowledge to enable successful candidates to develop and sustain a career in the engineering industry or to study at higher level.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 4, or NQ Introduction to Engineering and Renewable Energy. Interview.

Progression Routes

Moving into a modern apprenticeship in Mechanical, Fabrication and Welding or Electrical Engineering, trainee fitter position as a modern apprentice or progression to additional FE or HE courses as above.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy