Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Competence) (4605)

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2024

Product code 4605

The qualification within this suite is included in the Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard. The apprenticeship is for Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace and Aviation, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector. The qualifications within the 4605 suite relates to the following occupations:

• Aerospace Manufacturing Fitter
• Aerospace Manufacturing Electrical/Mechanical and Systems Fitter
• Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/ Technician (Fixed and Rotary Wing)
• Airworthiness, Planning, Quality and Safety Technician

4605-02 Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

The 4605-02 Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence) is for learners who are interested in developing the specific skills and competency for people who want to work in the Aerospace and Aviation sector.

It is a competence qualification which will be undertaken in the foundation phase (first year) of the apprenticeship. This qualification will be taken in conjunction with the Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Knowledge) (4705) qualification. Although a competence based qualification the assessment would take place ‘off the job’ in a College or Training environment in the foundation phase (first year) of the apprenticeship.

This Level 2 qualification is aimed at learners aged 16-18, 19+.




You will need to complete three mandatory units.

•Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
•Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
•Using and communicating technical information

Plus one of the following two:

•Conducting business improvement activities
•Demonstrating personal accountability in an aircraft maintenance environment

In addition, you will complete four optional units from a range, including:

•Producing components using hand fitting techniques
•Forming and assembling pipework systems
•Carrying out aircraft detail fitting activities
•Installing aircraft mechanical fasteners
•Producing aircraft detail assemblies
•Preparing and using milling machines
•Preparing and proving CNC machine tool programs
•Assembling and testing fluid power systems

You'll need to be in a suitable learning environment where you will have access to all the resources you need. Assessment is via a portfolio of evidence. For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

End-point assessment

End-Point Assessment (EPA) is through a nominated Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) or Military Independent Assessment Authority (MIAA).

How to register

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1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver a standard if you don’t yet have approval for that.)
2. Get in touch with Our Direct Sales Team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.
3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

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