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Control/Technical Support Engineer
Degree Apprenticeship

 
 

Course overview

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.

Successful completion of this programme includes the award of 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 Institution of Engineering and Technology.

 
 

Course details

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. completion of an engineering degree (BEng)
3. 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 elements have been achieved.

University qualifications contributing to the above are:

Course structure

HNC Instrumentation and Control Engineering by Flexible Open Learning

Year 1 and 2 core modules

Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics (TUOLE)

You gain an 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.
This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Electrical and Electronic Principles (TUOLE)

You study the basics of electrical theory from first principles to the stage where you can solve complex circuits. You cover AC theory and the issues arising from this common type of electric power as well as digital and analogue circuits and the issues arising from each type of control.    

You start with the basics of electricity and simple circuits, such as current, voltage and Kirchhoff’s Laws and different methods to solve more complex circuits. The sinusoidal AC circuit is introduced and the control of its waveform, including the use of phasors. You consider the harmonics of output and the use of filters to control the outputs.

Electronics is introduced with simple descriptions of fundamental electronic devices, such as diodes and transistors. You cover analogue circuits, especially the amplifier and the use of logic gates to create simple logical functions.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Design (TUOLE)

You experience the process of carrying out a design project, enabling you to appreciate that design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You look at each stage of the design process including client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Maths (TUOLE)

You gain the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. The module is intended as a base for the further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for 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. 

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Engineering Science (TUOLE)

You are introduced to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

You cover international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and AC/DC circuit theories.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Instrumentation and Control Principles (TUOLE)

You are introduced to the principles of instrumentation and control engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems related to process measurement and control systems.

You look at sensors and transducers, signal transmission, condition and conversion, control systems, process loop tuning, valves and actuators, control valve selection and sizing.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (TUOLE)

You look at the approach required to identify the best solution to a specified engineering need. You are introduced to some of the core tools and methodologies available to engineers to maximise their chances of bringing an engineering project to a successful conclusion; meeting the specification, on cost, on time and performed in an ecologically and ethically sound manner. You are guided through the management activities needed to deliver a major engineering project. Rather than considering the details of the design solution, the analysis you undertake relates to the management of the project rather than the detail of the engineering design solution. You consider the duties and responsibilities of a professional engineer working in our society.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Programmable Logic Controllers (TUOLE)

You investigate how programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial robots can be programmed to successfully implement automated engineering solutions.
 
You cover PLC system operational characteristics, different types of programming languages, types of robots and cell safety features.

You programme PLCs and robotic manipulators to achieve a set task, describe the types and uses of PLCs and robots available, write simple PLC programs, and program industrial robots with straightforward commands and safety factors.

This is a distance learning module with all learning material being accessed via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

 

BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering

Year 3 core modules

Analogue Circuit Analysis

This module introduces communications principles and communications systems, including signal analysis and noise.

You develop an understanding of communications principles and transmission systems. From studying a range of elementary methods such as analogue communications, transmission media and signal analysis, you gain a technical overview and an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of communications principles.

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.

Integral Transforms and Matrices

You deepen your mathematical knowledge in key areas to use in a number of techniques to solve problems that arise in engineering domains. You develop competence in identifying the most appropriate method to solve a problem and its application.

You are introduced to the techniques and principles, and you are provided with problems that develop your competency in applying these techniques. You are shown how to implement numerical methods using software techniques.

 

Year 4 core modules

Industrial Communications

The module encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of modern digital and industrial communications systems and protocols. The module provides the principles of the design, analysis and practical implementation and industrial use of digital, serial, wired and wireless communication systems. The module also introduces practical industrial communication protocols and information management systems.

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.

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 5 core modules

Advanced Sensors

You develop an understanding of the principles and technology of analytical measurement systems. Within this, limitations of accuracy are studied along with operational requirements of analytical sensor elements.

This module also investigates the recent generations of sensor systems based on microprocessor systems, application-specific integrated circuits and microcontrollers.

Using relevant industrial examples, smart sensors are analysed and synthesised using modern programming methods and up-to-date devices.

Control

Digital Control and DCS

You are introduced to discrete-time computer-based control systems, industrial informatics and modern distributed control system components and software.

 

Year 6 core modules

Modelling and Control of Power Electronic Devices

This module provides an introduction to power electronic devices, power electronic converters and their application to switched-mode power converters and other power electronic applications. The module also considers the principles of modelling and control of switch mode power converters.

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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Entry requirements

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 4 or higher (or equivalent), and must meet the minimum admissions criteria for their programme.

Admissions criteria

HNC 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 engineering 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.

BEng (Hons) Instrumentation and Control Engineering

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

Applicants qualified to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) 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 HNC 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 our entry requirements


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.
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Employability

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.

 
 

Full-time

  • Not available full-time
 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£27,000

More details about our fees

  • Length: 4-6 years (4 years via direct entry for candidates qualified to HNC level)
  • Enrolment date: September
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