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Systems Engineer (Degree)

Solving complex engineering issues through the organisation of information and exploration into finding the most suitable solution


Approved for delivery on the 11/09/2015, the systems engineer (degree), Higher apprenticeship standard provides a level 7, non-integrated degree upon completion. This apprenticeship will typically take 48 months to complete, not including the End-Point Assessment Period.

What the course covers

This apprenticeship focuses on the design and management of complex engineering systems throughout their life cycles. This role can be found within any sectors that require these complex systems such as transport, telecommunications, construction, health, manufacturing and defence and security. A system engineer could be found in SME’s, commercial businesses and public sector organisations, the opportunities are broad.

You will be responsible for creating processes to ensure that customer and stake holder needs are met in a trustworthy, cost effective and high-quality manner. This will involve the installation of various technological elements that may require human interactions and organisational elements.

This role will require interaction with a multitude of people including project managers, business development staff, sales staff and may even be customer facing in certain situations. Usually this role is office based for the majority of the time, however it may be necessary to visit sites when installing your designed systems.

Other responsibilities will include technical management and coordination within a project or programme, ensuring safety, quality and security of any work you are involved in. Your role may include the responsibility of specific processes within an engineering system lifecycle, or alternatively may involve the management of staff and budgets on larger projects.

Careers and jobs associated

  • Lead Engineer
  • Technical Lead
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Specialist
  • Interface Manager

If you would like to find out more about this apprenticeship standard, including possible duties of the role, skills and assessment method visit the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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