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Degree Apprenticeship Control/Technical Support Engineer*

Linked Level 6 University award: BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering

This degree apprenticeship is suitable for you if you are in employment and your employer is willing to support your professional development as a Control/Technical Support Engineer.

Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • 4-7 years (4 years via direct entry for candidates qualified to HND level)

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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Successful completion of this programme includes the awards of a Higher National Diploma (HND) and a BEng (Hons) degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering.

Please seek guidance from your employer’s training manager if this is the right route for you and if your employer is prepared to support you.

Please refer to the control/technical support engineer degree apprenticeship standard for further information.

If you are seeking to study part-time financed by other means (self-funded or through a student loan) please visit the course information page for BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering where you will find a link to an online application form for part time study.

Professional accreditation

The BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering degree is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Achievement of the formal qualifications is part of a broader audit-based end-point employer endorsement with a rigorous interview/viva, which incorporates a detailed occupational development record and portfolio of evidence including:

1. evidence-based record of the high-performance behavioural assessments
2. knowledge and theory-based assessment as part of the HND or Foundation Degree
3. full NVQ Level 4 competence qualification, with stringent evidence requirements and robust quality assurance processes (location of delivery to be determined prior to enrolment)
4. completion of an engineering degree (BEng)
5. overarching employer endorsement of the full standard at the conclusion of the programme through a rigorous interview/viva, resulting in confirmation of your occupational competence.

Apprentice certification can only be awarded when all five elements have been achieved.

University qualifications contributing to the above are:

Course structure

HND Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning

Year 1 core modules

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits

You gain an understanding of a range of electronic devices and circuits used in modern electronic systems. The electronic circuits includes power supplies, operational amplifiers and digital circuits. You also loan a practical kit to allow you to design, build and test a series of circuits.

Engineering Applications

In this module, you identify individual tasks, activities, or programmes of work, whether administrative, theoretical, practical or supervisory, that you have undertaken as part of your daily working life and show how those activities have contributed to your professional engineering development. You need to document key aspects of your development to date and to critically appraise your career journey, identifying areas that may benefit from additional growth and produce an action plan for yourr ongoing professional development. You are given a learning pack with guidance to help identify and document aspects of your professional life that have contributed to your development as professional practitioner in your engineering discipline.

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Programmable Logic Controllers

This module investigates programmable logic controller (PLC) concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of PLC systems, the signals which are used and the programming techniques. You produce and demonstrate a programme for a programmable logic device.

 

Year 2 core modules

Application of Pneumatics and Hydraulics

You gain knowledge and understanding of fluid power systems in modern industry by investigating pneumatic and hydraulic diagrams, examining the characteristics of components and equipment, and evaluating the applications of pneumatics and hydraulics.

Control and Automation

You improve your understanding of process control and automation in order to analyse, model and predict the behaviour of complex dynamic processes. You examine control system instrumentation systems with practical issues of signal transmission and accuracy. Advanced control strategies are also considered as well as techniques for the design, tuning and application.

Distributed Control Systems

The aim of this module is to investigate Distributed Control System concepts and their applications in engineering. It focuses on the design characteristics and internal architecture of Distributed Control Systems and how they interact.

Students will be provided with a learning pack where core subjects are presented in sequenced lessons that include self assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning. Module assessment comprises a formative element and a summative element. The formative assessment is a series of self assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson. Feedback is also given to the students through email or by telephone. The summative assessment involves a single in course assessment comprising several elements

Engineering Design

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity to experience the process of carrying out a design project. It will enable you to appreciate that design involves synthesising parameters which will affect the design solution.

Instrumentation and Control Principles

This module establishes the principles of instrumentation and control. It follows in detail the generation of a signal from the process variable via a range of possible transducers, its subsequent conditioning and transmission, and final presentation to an output actuator or valve. The module also analyses control systems and the techniques used in process loop tuning.

Students will be provided with a learning pack where core subjects are presented in sequenced lessons that include self assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning. Module assessment comprises a formative element and a summative element. The formative assessment is a series of self assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson. Feedback is also given to the students through email or by telephone. The summative assessment involves a single in course assessment comprising several elements

 

Year 3 core modules

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

Plant Services

This module introduces the relevant physical and chemical principles for use in the evaluation of the production, distribution and use of each of the common plant services such as steam, air and refrigeration services.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

and three optional modules

Combinational and Sequential Logic

This module develops the theory from a basic understanding of simple digital techniques, to more practical and complex applications of both combinational and sequential logic. It includes using manufacturers' literature to design circuits and computer simulation to test and evaluate designs.

Electromagnetic Compatibility

This module provides electronic and electrical technicians and engineers with the underpinning theoretical knowledge and analysis tools for solving problems involving electromagnetic interference and addressing electromagnetic compatibility issues. It covers induction by crosstalk and electromagnetic fields as well as the hazards posed by electrostatic discharge. You consider circuit board design and layout, grounding and the special problems arising from digital circuits.

Electronics

To extend the depth of your understanding of analogue electronics, especially in the context of integrated circuits, this module covers the interaction of circuit segments (loading), temperature dependence and device variability, and how to robustly design around these problems.

You use the ‘library’ of common configurations to build larger circuits and to see how integration and component matching facilitates complex general and application-specific circuits, with examples drawn from the variety of analogue devices currently available.

Laboratories enable you to perform analysis, simulation and synthesis of relevant circuit configurations, both using components on Breadboard and by simulation in SPICE.

Operational Amplifiers

This module allows you to investigate the operational amplifier and develop an understanding of the industrial applications of this versatile integrated circuit. You get an overview of the device and necessary background theory and circuit design. You get an insight into the applications aspects of the operations amplifier and its performance limitations. 

Safety Engineering

This module covers the fundamentals of contemporary Safety Engineering as applied to industrial processes. It consists of an introduction to the terminology, the nature and treatment of hazards, hazard analysis, risk assessment, emergency procedures and the application of protective measures associated with various hazards.

The main aims of the module are to provide a firm foundation for work in Safety Engineering and to act a basis for more advanced studies of safety practices.

Students will be provided with a learning pack where core subjects are presented in sequenced lessons that include self assessment questions with solutions to aid developmental learning. Module assessment comprises a formative element and a summative element. The formative assessment comprises a series of self assessment questions and answers at the end of each lesson. Feedback is also given to the students through email or by telephone. The summative assessment involves a single in course assessment comprising several elements.

Statistical Process Control

This module provides you with an insight into commonly occurring statistical process control techniques, the use of control charts, and inspection and sampling methods.

 

BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering

Year 4 core modules

Electrical Machines

You study electrical machines and cover all the major machines: DC, induction, and synchronous, as well as some special machines including stepper and variable reluctance motors.

You also perform in-depth investigations into machine performance and operation characteristics, in both analytical and experimental methods, using laboratory setups and software packages (Pspice & Matlab) for the analysis of DC and AC machine performance during practical sessions.

Employment Skills for Engineers

You develop your self-marketing, confidence and professional skills that are typically demanded by potential graduate employers.

You are introduced to a number of role-play selection exercises often used by graduate employers; these can include preparing covering letters and CVs, online application forms, attending mock interviews, completing psychometric tests, delivering presentations and contributing to assessment centre tasks.

You develop the necessary skills to succeed at the above exercises using a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) format to emphasise the importance of skills development and career management. This module is also supported by the University’s Careers Service at key stages throughout the lecture plan.

Laplace Transforms

Learn advanced techniques relevant to the solution of discipline-specific engineering problems.

Module content includes the solution of second order differential equations and Laplace transforms.

You learn through lectures and worked examples which illustrate how mathematical techniques are applied.

Problem-solving tutorial exercises give you the opportunity to practise new skills and techniques.

Linear Systems and Control

You will develop a thorough understanding of time-domain and frequency-domain representations of signals and systems, and how to apply these ideas to engineering problems.

You will develop the necessary knowledge and techniques to create dynamic models of engineering systems.

We give you the knowledge and techniques for creating dynamic models of engineering systems and to apply computer-aided methods of analysis and design, plus use data acquisition systems for laboratory investigations.

We examine modelling and simulation, linear time-invariant systems, first and second-order systems, frequency response, poles and zeros, basic concepts of control, alternative control methods, fourier analysis and filters.

In lectures we explaina principles and discuss applications then give you a guided solution of relevant examples in tutorials.

In the laboratories you work in groups of up to three on a small engineering plant. You are expected to produce a model and carry out tests to establish parameters. This process enhances the theoretical work carried out in other parts of the module.

You learn how to:

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of aspects of linear systems and control
  • critically analyse a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks associated with linear systems and control
  • apply, question and relate appropriate knowledge and concepts to a range of activities
  • identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools and methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • use the industry-standard software MATLAB SIMULINK for simulation and design of signal processing and control systems
  • apply mathematical techniques to analyse and model signal processing and control systems.

Mathematics for Electrical and Instrumentation Engineers

This module introduces further techniques that are relevant to the solution of discipline-specific engineering problems. The content includes the Solution of Second Order Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Fourier Series and Transforms, and Matrix algebra.

 

Year 5 core modules

Electronics and Networks

In this module we use a computer-based teaching approach to provide a thorough understanding of network theory, integrated-circuit operational amplifiers and feedback.

You review and extend the network theory underpinning this module and discover the characteristics and limitations of operational amplifiers (op-amps). We also examine the effects of various feedback configurations on op-amp performance and investigate a wide range of op-amp applications and design circuits to given specifications.

We look at basic amplifier concepts, basic op-amp configurations, feedback principles and op-amp imperfections.

Lectures are the main vehicle for presenting fundamentals and doing worked examples. We provide a detailed set of course notes.

Tutorial sessions (laboratory based) cover the analysis and design of circuits associated with particular applications using LTSPICE (electronic circuit simulation software).

Practical work is used to develop traditional practical skills but is enhanced by computer simulations. You work in groups of not more than three.

You learn how to:

  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of aspects of electronics and networks
  • critically analyse a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks associated with electronics and networks
  • apply, question and relate appropriate knowledge and concepts to a range of activities
  • identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools or methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • interpret and use the information from manufacturers’ data sheets
  • apply practical testing methods to electronic circuits to establish system performance.

Embedded Systems

This teamwork module gives you the chance to solve an industrially relevant problem.

It develops your knowledge of embedded systems and the programming and application of these systems in real time.

Instrumentation and Control Design

In this group project module you work in teams to solve an industrially relevant instrumentation and control design problem. You develop employability skills such as project management, presentation of work, research and commercial awareness to support problem solving in a technical context.

Measurement Systems

Measurement systems is a module for students majoring in Instrumentation and Control engineering. This is one of modules which distinguish you from those who are on other courses.

From this module, you will learn to analyse the performance of measurement systems including the steady state and dynamic characteristics of a measurement system or an element. You will study principles of a wide range of sensing techniques and measurement systems.

A complete measurement system may include sensing element, conditioning circuit, signal transmission and signal display (presentation). All these elements comprise the full contents of this module. Besides, the noise and interference reduction techniques and protections including intrinsically instrumentation are important to instrumentation engineers. You will also touch these topics

Measurement and control is vital in process industries. This module introduces key elements in control and monitoring systems, for example measurement elements. Application of instrumentation can be found everywhere, from domestic water and gas systems to the NASA space station.

You discover constituents of measurement systems, sensing element (primary and secondary), signal conditioning, signal processing, display (data presentation) and static characteristics of sensors.

The module is divided into lectures, tutorials and practicals.

You will learn:

  • to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the principles and characteristics of different sensors
  • to critically analyse the characteristics of system elements and their effect on system error
  • to understand the effects of noise and interference and methods of reduction
  • to employ a balanced logical and supported argument in the selection and analysis of sensor system
  • to apply numerical and statistical skills in the analysis and selection of measurement systems.

 

Year 6 core modules

Analytical Measurement and Smart Sensors

In this module, you develop an understanding of the principles and technology of major analytical measurement systems. You investigate the limitations of accuracy along with maintenance requirements of analytical sensor elements.

You also review and work with indirect and inferred measurement methods, such as known addition. There is an increasing statutory element to analysis; you learn about the legal applications and requirements of certain analytical and physical measurements.

You also learn about the application of microprocessor / microcontroller systems within modern instrumentation to enhance functionality with particular reference to analytical applications.

Electric Drive Systems l

Develop your capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and integrate them into direct current electric drive systems.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You also take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. These sessions demonstrate the dependence of drive system performance on the characteristics of power converters and control schemes.

Electric Drive Systems ll

Develop your capability to analyse and design power electronic converters and integrate them into alternating current electric drive systems.

Lectures offer explanations of principles and discussion of applications. Tutorials provide guided exercises. You also take part in a series of practical classes designed to reinforce the theory you have learnt. These sessions demonstrate the dependence of drive system performance on the characteristics of power converters and control schemes.

Management Skills for Engineers

You develop advanced interpersonal skills that enable you to integrate into the workplace. You develop key employability skills that support the engineering design and management process. Issues such as ethics, conflict in a team, equality and diversity, presenting to challenging non-technical audiences such as members of the public or the media and corporate responsibility are considered from a senior management perspective.

 

Year 7 core modules

Control 2

An introduction to control system design techniques for single-input single-output (SISO) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems using classical control theory, state-space methods and computer-based (sampled-data) digital control systems.

You cover practical techniques for creating linear and non-linear dynamic models.

Control l

An introduction to control system design techniques for single-input single-output (SISO) continuous systems using classical design methods.

You cover practical techniques of creating and simulating linear dynamic models. You also gain an understanding of non-linear systems and models.

Industrial Control and Informatics

In this module you work in a team to solve a typical employer-relevant problem using industrial informatics and computer-based control. These include – but are not limited to – using modern distributed control system components and software.

This module gives you an understanding of your knowledge and limitations, and the importance of bringing in and working with people with different knowledge and skillsets. Working in a team enables you to successfully resolve problems which wouldn’t be possible to resolve by a single individual.

This module develops a consolidated set of employability skills in managing projects, presenting work, research and commercial awareness in your technical field to support complex technical problem solving. You also enhance your awareness of professional issues such as health, safety, environment and ethics in the workplace and related standards and guidelines.

Project

This module extends the development of independent learning skills by allowing you to investigate an area of engineering or technology for an extended period.

You receive training in writing technical reports for knowledgeable readers and you produce a report or dissertation of the work covered. In addition, you give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or both. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project.

You develop key skills in research, knowledge application and creation through keynote lectures where appropriate and self-managed independent study. Support is provided through regular tutorial sessions.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

As an apprentice you are entitled to an allocation of at least 20% of your normal work-time for academic study.

You are expected to attend a range of lectures, small-group tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions.

You study part-time on a day release basis, however your programme includes elements delivered using distance learning, blended learning and block-mode teaching methodologies. All programmes include work-based elements.

The University programmes provide a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, projects, examinations), but you are also expected to undergo self-study time – to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment (contact hours plus self-study hours), so if, for example, you are required to complete 60 credits in one academic year, this will require you to spend at least 600 hours on your studies (guided learning and self-study).

How you are assessed

Your learning involves different types of assessment including coursework assignments and examinations.

Assessments include both formative and summative assignments. They test your subject knowledge, independent thought and skills acquisition, and provide you with information that will be useful to employers.

You are provided with programme and module guides containing comprehensive information about your assessments. Assessment schedules allow you to manage your time more effectively and prepare for submission.

There are also sites available for each programme and module on our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees.

Your learning and personal development is supported through the core skills module and work-based modules.

In addition, you develop an evidence-based record of the high-performance behavioural assessments and an overarching employer endorsement of the full standard at the conclusion of the programme through a rigorous interview/viva, and an independent end assessment resulting in confirmation of your occupational competence.

Please refer to the control/technical support engineer degree apprenticeship assessment plan


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Career opportunities

Degree apprenticeships combine work with studying for a work-based higher education level qualification. You will therefore already be in employment.

You gain technical knowledge and practical experience by combining on-the-job training with flexible study towards a higher education qualification.

Benefits for employers and apprentices

  • increasing future productivity
  • keeping the business up-to-date with the latest knowledge and innovative practice
  • delivering on-the-job training to employees tailored to business needs
  • apprentices can tackle skills shortages by filling higher level skill gaps
  • develop and retain existing staff by offering support and a fresh perspective
  • improve career prospects of employees.

How to apply

Please submit your expression of interest to
stem-apprenticeships@tees.ac.uk

We will discuss with you and your employer your eligibility and then send you a link to an online application form.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have GCSE in mathematics and English at grade C or higher (or equivalent), and must meet the minimum admissions criteria for their programme.

Admissions Criteria

HND Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning

One of the following qualifications:

  • at least one A Level in an appropriate subject
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC Certificate
  • BTEC Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Access to HE in Engineering
  • We will also consider other Level 3 equivalent UK or international qualifications. The qualifications must be in an appropriate engineeing discipline and include a substantial content of mathematics.

    A Level 3 bridging module, Foundation Mathematics for Engineers, is available for applicants who may require additional mathematics tuition prior to their enrolment on the HND programme.

    Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) level in an appropriate discipline may request exemption for up to 120 Level 4 credits. Eligible credits will be counted towards your HND qualification. To enable us to determine your eligibility for admission with advanced standing please provide a full detailed transcript of your previous HNC studies with your application.

    BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering

    For admission with advanced standing you will be required to achieve a HND Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning awarded with Merit or Distinction.

    Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) level from another provider may request direct entry with advanced standing on this degree. To enable us to determine your eligibility please provide a full detailed transcript of your previous HND studies with your application.

    Accredited prior learning
    If you wish to claim credits from prior learning, we will help you through this process.

    For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section


    You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
    Find out more about RPL

* Subject to University approval

Course information

Full-time

  • Not available full-time

Part-time

  • 4-7 years (4 years via direct entry for candidates qualified to HND level)

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

Contact details

Further information