Engineering Manufacturing Skills Academy Difco Equipment

  • Employer Profile

    Difco Equipment

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Engineering - mechanical manufacturing engineering > Level 2

  • Positions


  • Location

    131, Rockstown Road, Omagh, BT79 9BX

  • Salary


  • Start date

  • Location Type


Job Description

The role, as an apprentice engineer, will involve a wide range of duties within the factory setting. These will include the use of basic engineering machines such as metal workers, guillotines, band saws and drills, through to CNC cutting and folding machinery. The role will include experience in the use of programming and robotic welding. Within the role, the apprentice engineer will be fabricating, building and finishing a wide range of products. Full training on all elements of manufacture will be provided. The apprentice will be expected to work within the remits of Health and Safety.

Person Specification

At Difco, we require an apprentice with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Full training on use of machinery will be provided, therefore, experience is not necessary. It will be important to be able to work well both individually and within a team.

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Engineering Manufacturing Skills AcademySouth West College


The course supports the skills and knowledge development requirements for access into the engineering working environment and contains 3 components: -

  • Engineering qualifications (Combined)

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Engineering

(above cover: Welding , Fitting & Platework) Additional Units including:

  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics

  • CAD

  • PLC’s

Essential skills at an appropriate level in:

  • Numeracy

  • Literacy

  • ICT

The course supports learner skills and knowledge development for the following pathways: Maintenance Technology; Fabrication and Welding Technology; Electrical and Electronics Technology, Technical Support.


Health and Safety in Engineering

How to read and take engineering instructions in order to carryout engineering activities including the following

  • fillet lap joints

  • Tee fillet joints

  • corner joints

  • butt joints


Produce components to specification using such things as

  • measuring and marking

  • sawing

  • filing

  • drilling

  • threading

  • power operated machines

Plate work

  • Produce plate work components and assemblies using the following processes:

  • shearing and punching

  • folding

  • oxy-acetylene and plasma cutting

Welding, mechanical fastenersHydraulics and Pneumatics

  • Understanding the use of Fluid Power within Engineering

  • Design circuits to suit the operation of engineering scenarios

Programmable and logical controllers (PLC’s)Wire and test PLCs and learn how to:

  • Use software to program Siemens PLCs

  • Control electro pneumatic circuits and motors

  • Use relay control and a range of sensors

Computer Aided Design

  • Understanding 3D design of products which apply to engineering and manufacturing sectors

  • Essential Skills and Broader transferable skills in preparation and to support working in an engineering environment.


Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations

Validated By

City & Guilds


16+ fully funded

Entry Criteria

5no. A*-D GCSEs with at least a C in Maths or English



Start Date

Thursday 05 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 29 March 2026

Progression Pathway

Progression to Fast Track Level 3 for the following pathways

  • Maintenance Technology

  • Mechanical Manufacture

  • Fabrication and Welding Technology

  • Technical Support.

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