Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

Engineering covers a wide range of sectors and activities, and is a fast moving and diverse industry with many occupational routes including a significant number of roles at Technician level, Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate level Apprenticeships can be supportive in meeting the needs of the sector in many areas of engineering skills requirements.

The Level 3 qualification is work based but candidates are required to attend college to complete an NC or HNC and this can take between 12 and 24 months depending on the chosen route.   The qualification structure requires the learner to complete common mandatory units within their chosen pathway followed by a number of optional units from a provided selection but additional units can be taken to meet a business’s needs. There are 7 separate pathways under this framework.   The first 3 mandatory units apply to each pathway as listed below:

Full details of the qualification can be found on the SQA or EAL Website as appropriate using the following link :

Full details of the Modern Apprenticeship framework can be found on the Skills Development Scotland Website using this link :

Qualification Modern Apprenticeship
Awards Body EAL
SVQ Level 3
SCQF Level 6
Course Code GM1V 46
Mandatory Units

All 3 mandatory assessment routes must be completed

SMME2/001A Complying with statutory regulations and organisation safety requirements
SMME2/002A Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
SMME3/003A Working efficiently and effectively in engineering
Optional Units

Pathway 1 – CNC Machining SMMEA

Learners must complete a further 3 optional assessment routes , 1 from Group A and 2 from a functioning grouping from Group B (total of 6 units) for this pathway 

Group A : One optional assessment route must be completed

SMME3/030A Loading and proving CNC machine tool programs
SMME3/031A Carrying out CNC machine tool programming

Group B : Two optional assessment routes must be completed from a functional grouping (pairing)

SMME3/032A Setting CNC turning machines for production
SMME3/033A Machining components using CNC turning machines
OR  
SMME3/034A Setting CNC milling machines for production
SMME3/035A Machining components using CNC milling machines
OR  
SMME3/036A Setting CNC grinding machines for production
SMME3/037A Machining components using CNC grinding machines
OR  
SMME3/038A Setting CNC punching machines for production
SMME3/039A Machining components using CNC punching machines
OR  
SMME3/040A Setting CNC laser profiling machines for production
SMME3/041A Machining components using CNC laser profiling machines
OR  
SMME3/046A Setting CNC horizontal boring machines for production
SMME3/047A Machining components using CNC horizontal boring machines
OR  
SMME3/050A Setting CNC machining centres for production
SMME3/051A Machining components using CNC machining centres

 

Pathway 2 – Composite Manufacture Engineering SMMEB

Learners must complete a further 2 mandatory assessment routes (a total of 5 units) for this pathway 

SMME3/083A Producing composite assemblies
SMME3/088A Identifying defects in composite mouldings

 

Pathway 3 –Fitting and Assembly SMMEC 

Learners must complete a further 3 optional assessment routes from Optional Group A (a total of 6 units) for this pathway 

SMME3/060A Producing components using hand fitting techniques
SMME3/061A Assembling mechanical products
SMME3/062A Producing components by manual machining
SMME3/063A Fitting fluid power components to mechanical assemblies
SMME3/064A Fitting pipework systems to mechanical assemblies
SMME3/065A Fitting electrical/electronic components to mechanical assemblies
SMME3/066A Producing power turbine combustion assemblies
SMME3/067A Producing power turbine compressor assemblies
SMME3/068A Producing turbine assemblies
SMME3/069A Producing power turbine gearbox assemblies
SMME3/070A Producing power turbine major assemblies
SMME3/071A Producing piston engine assemblies
SMME3/072A Repairing and modifying mechanical assemblies
SMME3/073A Checking that completed assemblies comply with specification

 

Pathway 4 –Machine Tool Setting SMMED

Learners must complete one further mandatory assessment route plus 1 optional assessment route (a total of 5 units) for this pathway

The following mandatory assessment route must be completed

SMME3/052A Handing over machine tools to product ion operators

Optional Group A – One optional assessment route must be completed

SMME3/056A Setting single and multi-spindle drilling machines for production
SMME3/059A Setting power presses for production
SMME3/008A Setting milling machines for production
SMME3/010A Setting shaping, planning or slotting machines for production
SMME3/012A Setting gear cutting machines for production
SMME3/020A Setting electro-discharge machines for production
SMME3/022A Setting grinding machines for production
SMME3/024A Setting honing and lapping machines for production
SMME3/032A Setting CNC turning machines for production
SMME3/034A Setting CNC milling machines for production
SMME3/036A Setting CNC grinding machines for production
SMME3/038A Setting CNC punching machines for production
SMME3/040A Setting CNC laser profiling machines for production
SMME3/050A Setting CNC machining centres for production

 

Pathway 5 –Machining SMMEE

Learners must complete a further 2 assessment routes from a functioning grouping from Group A (a total of 5 units) for this pathway

Group A : Two optional assessment routes must be completed

SMME3/004A Setting Centre lathes for production
SMME3/005A Machining components using centre lathes
OR  
SMME3/006A Setting turret lathes for production
SMME3/007A Machining components using turret lathes
OR  
SMME3/008A Setting milling machines for production
SMME3/009A Machining components using milling machines
OR  
SMME3/010A Setting, shaping, planing or slotting machines for production
SMME3/011A Machining components using shaping, planing or slotting machines
OR  
SMME3/012A Setting gear cutting machines for production
SMME3/013A Machining components using gear cutting machines
OR  
SMME3/016A Setting horizontal boring machines for production
SMME3/017A Machining components using horizontal boring machines
OR  
SMME3/018A Setting vertical boring machines for production
SMME3/019A Machining components using vertical boring machines
OR  
SMME3/020A Setting electro-discharge machines for production
SMME3/021A Machining components using electro discharge machines
OR  
SMME3/022A Setting grinding machines for production
SMME3/023A Machining components using grinding machines
OR  
SMME3/024A Setting honing and lapping machines for production
SMME3/025A Machining components using honing and lapping machines

 

Pathway 6 –Pipe Fitting and Assembly SMMEF

Learners must complete a further 3 optional assessment routes – 1 from Group A and 2 from Group B (a total of 6 units) for this pathway

Optional Group A : One optional assessment route must be completed

SMME3/074A Pipe bending and forming by hand methods
SMME3/075A Pipe bending and forming using bending machines

Optional Group B : Two optional assessment routes must be completed

SMME3/076A Assembling screwed pipework
SMME3/077A Assembling small bore non-ferrous pipework
SMME3/078A Assembling non-metallic pipework
SMME3/079A Preparing and testing pipework systems
SMME3/080A Producing cocket and flange fillet welding joints in pipe using a manual welding process

 

Pathway 7 – Mechanical Overhaul and Test SMMEG

Learners must complete a further 3 optional assessment routes – 2 from Group A and 1 from Group B (a total of 6 units) 

Optional Group A : Two optional assessment routes must be completed

SMME3/100A Slinging, lifting and moving equipment, components or materials for overhauling activities
SMME3/101A Dismantling mechanical equipment in preparation for overhaul
SMME3/105A Producing replacement components for overhauling activities

Optional Group B : One optional assessment route must be completed

SMME3/114A Overhauling pump assemblies
SMME3/115A Overhauling valve assemblies
SMME3/116A Overhauling components of pneumatic, vacuum or compressed air equipment
Workplace Core Skills
F427 04 Communication at Level 5
F42B 04 Numeracy Level 5
F42F 04 Information and Communication Technology Level 5
F42K 04 Problem Solving Level 5
F42P 04 Working with Others Level 5
Restricted Combinations
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Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering EAL SVQ3 Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering SCQF Level 6 (GM1V 46)