BEng Manufacturing Technology

The products that we depend on in everyday life are created from raw materials using manufacturing technology through chemical, thermal and mechanical processing.

Emerging manufacturing technologies, based on effective mechanical and system design, minimise social and environmental costs whilst producing high quality products that are affordable.

The Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Manufacturing Technology focuses on manufacturing technology design and operation for all major classes of manufacturing processes, including casting, machining, forming, joining and additive manufacturing; and for all relevant classes of materials  including polymers, composites, ceramics and metals.

This study is underpinned by fundamental theories of physical principles including thermodynamics, statics and dynamics, numerical methods, control and instrumentation.

Graduates will be able to apply a broad understanding of technical, economic, social and environmental implications of manufacturing technology, to contribute to a competitive and sustainable manufacturing industry.

About BEng Manufacturing Technology Apprenticeship

Programme overview

A minimum of two A-Levels at grade B or above, including a mathematical based subject and a science, technology, engineering or an additional mathematics related subject; an Engineering BTEC level 3 with 120 credits at distinction and merit level; or equivalent qualifications such as Cambridge Technicals.

Plus five GCSEs at grades 4 to 6, including mathematics, English and a science,
technology or engineering related subject.

Once you have decided on which apprenticeship is for you and you meet the entry requirements, the next step is to apply. We require everyone that applies to complete an assessment centre. 

Find out more about our application process.

AMRC Training Centre apprentices are employed on a full-time basis, working at least 30 hours every week along with blocks of practical on-the-job training and academic study.

Full funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme is covered by your employer.

Employers can find out more about funding on our Q&A page.

Modules Year 1

This unit provides a foundation in engineering mathematics and statistics to reinforce previous mathematical knowledge, develop new mathematical concepts to support other units at level 1 and to provide a foundation for the level 2 mathematics unit. The course includes algebra, trigonometry, matrices, calculus, complex numbers, applied statistics and an introduction to computing. Teaching of mathematical principles is supported by practical examples. 

This unit provides an initial foundation to the basic principles underlying electrical circuits to support the study and understanding of mechanical manufacture, manufacturing technology and maintenance engineering and as a prerequisite for Engineering Systems and Control in the second year. Concepts of voltage, current and power are introduced for both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC), including how instrumentation is used in an industrial context for the measurement of voltage, current and power. Circuit analysis techniques, such as nodal, loop and superposition are used. They will be assessed through practical lab work, utilising key instrumentation and exams. 

This unit aims to introduce students to materials and manufacturing processes. The major classes of materials, their properties, corresponding testing techniques, and their behaviour under a variety of loading conditions are explained. The major classes of manufacturing processes are introduced, including the equipment used, materials to which they can be applied, products which they can produce and their respective advantages and limitations. 

The importance of the interrelationships between manufacturing methods, microstructure and mechanical properties of materials are highlighted through real-life examples. The module uses both qualitative and quantitative techniques to support the key principles taught. Assessment will be through lab work and exams. 

The fundamental laws of mechanics (statics and dynamics); thermodynamic, fluids dynamics and solid mechanics will be studied; concepts of fundamental quantities, scalars, vectors as well as resolution of forces and equilibrium; concepts of strength of materials with regards to exploring external and internal forces, displacements and deformations.  

The efficiency of simple machines (pulleys, gear trains and levers), statically determinate and indeterminate structures will be explored, and simple harmonic motion. The first and second laws of thermodynamics will be applied to heat and work in engines. Key topics will be reinforced through laboratory practice and will be assessed through examinations and lab work. 

This module is intended to provide students with a structured and supported process for students to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/ or achievement, and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. It is designed to ensure students are fully prepared to gain the most from their academic studies and to be better placed to continue their development throughout and beyond their degree studies.

An introduction to design aims to provide students with an overview of the process of design with the application of inquiry-based learning. It will consider models of the design process, interrogation of product design specifications, creative thinking techniques, design thinking, validation of designs through calculation and testing and presenting your work as a designer. CAD/CAM deals with the basic and important principles in computer aided drafting (CAD), 3D solid modelling, computer aided manufacturing (CAM). The theoretical background on these topics will be backed up with representative case studies on computer aided CNC programming with industrial software packages. Assessment will be through lab work, coursework and a presentation

Operations Management is concerned with the management of the production of goods and services, closely interfacing with other business functions. This module introduces case studies alongside the fundamentals of the subject including the planning and controlling operations; capacity and inventory management; materials requirements and enterprise resource planning; project management; quality management; lean; and, operations improvement. These topics provide a foundation for making improvements to a company’s operations.

Assessment will be through coursework and a presentation. This will provide a rationale for the choices made to justify the management techniques used, with a view to improve efficiency ideally within their own workplace.

Modules Year 2

This unit will reinforce the students’ engineering mathematics and statistical knowledge through the application of mathematical concepts to engineering problems. Topics covered include ordinary differential equations, Laplace Transforms, applied statistics using probability distributions and hypothesis testing, partial differential equations and Fourier series. The students will also be introduced to the concept of mathematical modelling using appropriate computer programmes.

The aim of this module is to introduce apprentices to the key components used to implement feedback control of manufacturing systems: sensors, actuators and controllers. Emphasis will be placed on electrical, mechanical and electromechanical systems. This module gives a solid foundation for understanding feedback control, sensors, actuators and controllers. This is supported by analysis and design activities within PC laboratories using industry standard software.

This unit introduces the professional responsibilities of engineers including: continuing professional development, accountability, codes of conduct and ethics to appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting the exercise of their engineering judgement; and, quality, safety, health and environment, along with associated management systems and standards. Quality Management Systems identify, measure, control and improve core processes to meet customer requirements. Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems identify, assess and control hazards and risks to ensure safety, health and welfare. Environmental Management Systems contain a set of measures and procedures aimed at reducing environmental impact and increasing operating efficiency.

This unit introduces the need to consider an artefact’s design based on its manufacture, assembly and maintenance/ servicing requirements, rather than

just its form and function. It utilises a range of engineering design tools, prototyping techniques and calculations to reduce the cost of manufacture, making it more readily prepared for conventional manufacturing processes, and assembly, as well as making it easier to inspect and maintain. The content will be delivered with the application of both problem and inquiry-based learning. The multidisciplinary project will incorporate collaborative group work to undertake and apply the taught theory to a real-world engineering design problem.

The non-metallic component manufacturing units introduce students to composites. Whilst the first year focused on metallic materials, students will expand their engineering knowledge by encompassing non-metallic engineering materials and their significance in modern manufacturing technology. In this unit, different manufacturing processes using polymer based composite materials are introduced. The unit covers material deposition methods ranging from hand lay-up techniques to fully automated systems; tooling and curing systems; and machining of composites. A review of composite materials (fibres, matrices, fabrics) is also given. The unit will build on understanding of materials properties by embedding the relation between structure, properties and performance. 

This module introduces the fundamental principles, applications and analyses of the main manufacturing systems. A manufacturing system is a method of organising the transformation of raw materials into finished goods, using manual labour, machine tools and material handling systems, and range from handicraft/ manual to fully automated systems. The type of system is generally dependent on production volume and product variety. The module will provide an overview of different manufacturing strategies and systems, with which students can identify, evaluate and optimise their own workplace manufacturing system. 

This unit furthers the fundamental concepts and techniques used in engineering mechanics (kinematics and dynamics), solid mechanics and thermodynamics/ thermofluids. The derivation of equations of motion for systems of particles and rigid bodies with Newton–Euler adages will be studied as well as solid mechanics for 2D plane stress and strain. Students will be able to explain and comment on the design and operation of thermal turbomachines in detail. Moreover, they can evaluate the range of turbomachinery making them able to describe and analyse not only individual components but also entire assemblies. The students can assess and evaluate the effects of physical, economical and ecological boundary conditions.

Modules Year 3

The module provides an introduction to logistics and supply chain management (LSCM) within the international context. As such, the module examines: how LSCM strategies contribute to businesses’ competitive advantage; the relationship aspects between business partners in meeting end-customers’ needs; and supporting operational activities and the international transport of goods. The module is taught by reference to academic literature and management practice, including case-studies and application to engineering businesses. 

The purpose of this unit is to provide students with a practical introduction to the design, development and manufacture of moulds, dies and tool sets for the casting, forming and machining of engineering materials. Students will be introduced to methods for generating tool geometries using CAD, the implementation of lean production principles in tool design for reducing waste in the manufacturing process, the application of surface engineering to enhance tool performance, the selection of appropriate tool materials, and the economic and environmental implications of tooling design for mass production versus flexible processes for small-scale production. 

This unit aims to provide a student with a practical introduction to the theory and growing use of additive manufacturing processes, a method by which digital 3D design data is used to build up an artefact in layers by depositing material.

The unit explores the main categories of additive manufacture, their process steps (pre and post build), technology and materials. The unit also considers the engineering characteristics, typical applications, and benefits and limitations of the artefacts made using the various additive manufacturing processes

This module examines wear and lubrication, through the investigation of a range of tribological conditions, fundamental mechanics of dry contacts, boundary and elasto-hydrodynamic mechanics and hydrodynamic lubrication. The module will include the study, characterization and design of contacting elements through the field of tribology. Different approaches to the mitigation of the wear of equipment parts, through the control across a spectrum of contacts will be

assessed. The impact of the premature failure of machine components on factory
production and revenue will also be considered.

This unit introduces students to manufacturing processes for further nonmetallic  materials: polymers, ceramics and glass. Students will expand their engineering knowledge in this module by encompassing non-metallic engineering materials and their significance in modern manufacturing technology. Starting from the composition and manufacture of the raw materials leading into how these are converted into various product forms, this will range from injection moulding, sheet, film and fibre processing for polymers; thermal and mechanical consolidation methods for ceramics; and plate manufacture of glass. The module will build on understanding of materials properties by embedding the relation between structure, properties and performance throughout the module

The aim of this unit is to build on the concepts of the first year module, by introducing students to further concepts including analytical modelling of processes and extend application of the relationship between materials, properties, process and performance. The four major classes of manufacturing processes will be re-visited: machining, joining, casting and forming. The economic and environmental implications of manufacturing processes will be analysed. It introduces students to a set of production simulation software tools (virtual reality, augmented reality and discrete-event simulation), in order to model, simulate and analyse the performance of a manufacturing facility, such as identifying its potential bottlenecks, optimal machine configurations and layouts, and production times and costs.

This unit provides the opportunity for students to formulate and undertake a structured and in-depth investigation of a real-life manufacturing problem. It will enable individual work-based learning and application of interdisciplinary skills learnt throughout the course including technical and professional skills.

The project, supervised by an academic tutor and industrial representative, should be based at the students’ employers. In exceptional circumstances, where it is not possible to find a suitable project at the employer, an alternative project with industrially-relevant content will be found at the AMRC or Faculty of Engineering. Assessment will be primarily through a professional style report, and secondarily through a proposal for the programme of work with critical review, poster  presentation and oral presentation.

This module takes a ‘hands-on’ approach and is designed to provide students with a practical understanding of project management. The module is based around the development of a project master plan/proposal. This will be student-centred and involve tutorial-by-tutorial planning, budgeting, scheduling and resource allocation, whilst appreciating and assessing the risk involved. 

Procedures for monitoring, controlling, evaluating and terminating projects will also be included. In addition, and through the analysis of several video case studies, students will also develop an appreciation of typical issues and problems associated with large-scale projects, such as the development and construction of roller-coasters, super-jumbo airplanes, dams, large public works, artificial holiday islands, etc

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