Engineering: Design and Manufacture (Graduate Apprenticeship)

Robert Gordon University


Year 1
The course begins with the fundamental principles and introduction of the engineering design methods and manufacturing processes; properties of engineering materials; metal alloys and heat treatment; principles and practice of the engineer in a product development; introduction to the fundamentals of hydrostatic and thermodynamics systems; basic concepts and principles of electrical and electronic engineering.

Year 2
Year two will give the student the ability to apply advanced level mathematics to engineering problems including thermal-fluid and vibration systems; understanding of the formal design process for components and machine elements; understanding of the main manufacturing processes for metals, ceramics, polymer and composite materials and how to select appropriate materials and their manufacturing processes for a given product; introduction to CAD and CAM softwares.

Year 3
Students will learn to analyse and interpret the dynamic structural behaviour of engineering system components as well as a foundation in instrumentation and control systems technology; stress analysis of components subject to combined loading; fatigue and failure analysis and fracture mechanics; National and international codes of practice design approaches, including BS and Eurocodes; introduction to joining processes and equipment, surface technology and engineering metallurgy; understanding of Manufacturing support systems, process planning and production control, quality control and inspection and sustainable manufacturing. Introduction to design methodology including design for manufacturing and design optimisation; project management and group project.

Year 4
The final year will provide the student with the ability to use finite element method to analyse a range of engineering systems including static stress, dynamic modal analysis and heat transfer analysis; introduction to renewable energy systems; Introduction to business finance, accounting and law for engineers; Operation management, quality control and assurance, cost evaluation and supply change management; skills needed to use a variety of commercial software in design and manufacture of products and the rapid prototyping techniques including NC programming, mould modelling, rapid prototyping and sensitivity analysis; undertake a substantial professional design project incorporating planning, decision making, data collection and critical analysis.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

4 Highers at BBBB including Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or another technological subject plus English at National 5 (if not held at Higher).

You must be in (or in process of looking for) a GA position with an employer; contact institution for further information.

Start Date





BEng Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Engineering

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