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Overview of the role

Developing software to support the aerospace industry.

Reference Number: ST0013

Details of standard

The following standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from someone to be competent in the job role.

Role Profile

Software Engineers are predominantly involved in the discipline of Software Engineering, however aspects of Modelling and Simulation, Human Factors and Systems Engineering disciplines are also covered as essential background for a fully rounded software engineer.

During the Concept, Assessment, Demonstration and Manufacture life cycle phases, Software Engineering is focused on influencing product architecture to accommodate modification and upgrade throughout product lifecycle. Software is an intrinsic component of the systems used to deliver in-service support. Following the in-service date, Software Engineering delivers support, optimises and upgrades the Support System infra-structure. These are considered to be Sustainment activities.

All engineers must comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements. They must be able to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering requirements, specifications, designs, code, test specifications, test scripts, code analysis (static and dynamic) tool output.

Software engineers will be expected to work both as individuals and as part of wider Engineering teams.  They will be expected to demonstrate coding ability and specify, analyse, test and modify Software Engineering artifacts across Design and Development and In-Service Operations. They will be expected to validate, test and modify software to comply with its design and associate requirements.

The requirements are designed to offer stretch and progression. Higher Apprentices will be able to work with appropriate supervision, whilst taking progressively more responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Knowledge & Skills

Aerospace Software Development Engineeers are able to demonstrate:

Knowledge:

understanding of the fundamentals of Software Engineering Practice, apprentices will be able to describe all of the phases of the software Lifecycle and the interfaces between each phase

understanding of configuration management and software build processes, apprentices will understand the methods & tools used to control the change and modification of software related products

understanding of analytical methods (engineering mathematics), apprentices will understand the use mathematics and associated toolsets to reason about properties of software such as safety or performance

understanding of “Modelling & Simulation” software, apprentices will understand  how to develop software more quickly and reliably utilising  “Modelling” toolsets

 

Skills:

complying with statutory, quality, organisational, environmental and health and safety regulations, apprentices will seek opportunities to show compliance with appropriate standards

reading and interpreting Software engineering data, apprentices will demonstrate an understanding of code, design and requirements documentation

applying configuration management and software build processes, apprentices will gain experience of the methods & tools used to control the change and modification of software related products

developing and applying Algorithms, including specification, design and implementation, apprentices will construct algorithms required to implement required functionality in software

applying appropriate Engineering Operations and Toolsets, apprentices will use the standard methods adopted for software production and the toolsets deployed to support efficient development

applying analytical methods (engineering mathematics), apprentices will use mathematics and associated toolsets to reason about properties of software such as safety or performance

applying Systems Engineering principles, apprentices will learn the criteria for making architectural decisions in order to achieve an optimal solution over potentially  conflicting system objectives

using “Modelling & Simulation” software, apprentices will learn how to develop software more quickly and reliably utilising  “Modelling” toolsets

applying business improvement techniques ensuring optimisation of processes, resources and budget, apprentices will use systematic methods to identify and eliminate waste and inefficiencies in their software production activities


Behaviours

The required behaviours are:

1. Knowledge and understanding

Commitment to continue personal development, refreshing and expanding Engineering knowledge through a variety of methods.

2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products

Contributing to the continuing development of Engineering within their domain

3. Responsibility, management or leadership

Taking personal responsibility for their actions, Managing projects, including resource management within their remit.

4. Communication and inter-personal skills

Be able to demonstrate a range of communication styles and methods. Understanding the importance of networks within and across functions.

5. Professional commitment

Demonstrating a personal and professional commitment to society, their profession and the environment, adopting a set of values and behaviours that will maintain and enhance the reputation of the profession.

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications of 96* UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include Maths plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics.  Plus Five GCSEs at Grade 4 and above** including Mathematics, English and Double Science or equivalent qualification. Apprentices without Level 2 Maths and English must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.  (*Equal to 240 UCAS points prior to 2017,**Equal to Grades C and above)

Typical Duration of Apprenticeship

Typically 48 months - timescales may vary depending on occupational role and/or prior relevant qualifications / experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng or BSc) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

All of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their organisational requirements.

There will be an end point assessment during the final phase of the Apprenticeship where the apprentice will need to demonstrate to the employer how they have achieved full occupational competence against, skills, knowledge and behaviours, set out in the Standard  On successful completion of the End Point assessment and employer endorsement phase (final sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.

Recognition

This Apprenticeship Standard aligns with the current edition of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Incorporated Engineering (IEng) level. The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for IEng and reaches the agreed level of professional competence as defined in the Assessment Plan.

Level and Review  

This Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 6 and will be reviewed as a minimum every three years.

Change log:

Last updated 6st March 2018

DATE CHANGE PREVIOUS VERSIONS
06/03/2018 The revisions to these are very minor, reflecting changes in the way that UCAS points are calculated  Current standard. 
29/03/2018 Updated assessment plan.  Current assessment plan. 
28/03/2017 Updated apprenticeship standard. Aerospace software development engineer.pdf_02
03/09/2015 Assessment plan first published - standard approved for delivery  Aerospace software development engineer AP.pdf_01
12/03/2015 First published  Aerospace software development engineer.pdf_01

 


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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 6
Degree: non-integrated degree
Reference: ST0013
Approved for delivery: 3 September 2015
Route: Engineering and manufacturing
Typical duration: 48 months
Maximum funding: £27000
Employers involved in creating the standard: BAE Systems, Airbus, Magellan Aerospace (UK) LTd, AugustaWesetland Ltd, Rolls Royce plc, GTA England

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