Marine : Engineering Apprenticeships

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Engineering: Marine Apprenticeships
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


In partnership with Trinity House, HETA offer marine engineering apprenticeships. 


Working on everything from small support vessels up to 2000 tonne factory ships, this is an opportunity to be involved in shore-based engineering and at sea. Learners will complete our multi skilled first year programme before spending 2 years in company. Learners will also complete their Health & Safety tickets such as sea survival and firefighting.

Multi-skilled programme:

Multi-skilled engineers will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in engineering and manufacturing industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader Electrical Engineering Sector.

Multi-skilled Technicians will work on various types of ships and equipment commonly found throughout the Engineering Industry sectors and the Technicians can be expected to migrate through these sectors during the course of their careers.  

These Technicians will undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment, sometimes complex, as part of planned preventative and reactive maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when plant is being removed from service.

They will be responsible for the quality of their own work, possibly others’ and ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time and budget requirements, whilst maintaining the efficient running of plant and equipment.

Core responsibilities:

  • Position, assemble, install and dismantle electrical plant and equipment, which will include motors, switchgear, cables & conductors, to agreed specifications
  • Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on electrical plant and equipment.
  • Replace, repair and/or remove components in electrical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
  • Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in electrical plant and equipment

How will it be delivered?

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. The first 8 months, learners will undertake a multi-skilled engineering programme including Mechanical and Electrical engineering. The last 3 months will consist of undertaking specialised training.

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop
  • 1 day a week in a classroom based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

In years 2 and 3, apprentices will spend the remainder of their time of the HETA programme at their sponsored company. During this time, apprentices will be assessed via:

  • Portfolio work based assessments  
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for- Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

Entry requirements

HETA's entry requirements are a minimum of 4 GCSES- Grades 5-9 (or A*-C) in:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Additional GCSE

Your next steps...

As well as Level 3 qualifcations, HETA also offer a two year Higher National Certifcate (Level 4) and a one year Higher National Diploma  (Level 5). Learners may have the opportunity to enrol on the following programmes within the  second year of their apprenticeship programme. HNC’s and HND’s are a great route to moving  on to higher-level qualifcations; you can do  extra studies working with our university  partners to top up the HND into a full degree.  

Completing Higher level qualifcations like HNC’s and HND’s give you great opportunities in your career. Not only are you more competent but also gives you a stepping stone into senior and management roles. 

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