End Point Assessment

Engineering Design & Draughtsperson

Engineering Design & Draughtsperson

  • Reference Code: ST0164
  • Level: 3
  • Version: 1.1
  • Duration: 42 Months


Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing. Jobholders are based at office locations within project design teams and occasionally work at on-site locations. They are required to understand on-site hazards and health and safety requirements.

Occupational role

There are five main disciplines within the occupation of Engineering Design and Draughtsperson. An apprentice gains an understanding across all these disciplines and will typically specialise in one or more:

  • Electrical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson
  • Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Piping Design and Draughtsperson
  • Structural Design and Draughtsperson


Maximum £24,000

Entry requirements

Employers set the selection criteria. This will typically include a requirement for a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C (or equivalent qualifications) including mathematics (preferably B); English (Language); a science or technical subject.

Apprentices must have achieved a GCSE to at least a grade C, a level 2 qualification in Functional Skills, or an equivalent qualification in both English and mathematics before being entered for their final apprenticeship assessment.


The apprenticeship includes core skills, core technical knowledge, and core behaviours required by Engineering Design and Draughtspersons.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Knowledge test

Consisting of 35 multiple choice answer and scenario-based questions which will test the apprentice’s ability to pick up errors and identify inaccuracies or discrepancies in engineering drawings and specifications and their ability to propose solutions will also be tested. The test will be closed bookand take place over a maximum of 2 hours.

Practical test

Based upon a fictitious project brief issued at least a week before the test, to allow some preparation time, and on a set of drawings and additional information provided on the day of the test. The test will be based on real work scenarios and will include questions that relate to their technical discipline. The apprentice can bring notes into the test.

Structured interview

This takes place after successful completion of the knowledge test and the practical test. In advance of the structured interview, apprentices complete and submit a Template Evidence Report to QFI, based on their Portfolio. The first part of the interview involves a professional discussion, designed to allow the apprentice to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding by discussing the evidence and showing how it relates to your role. The second part of the interview involves questions where the assessor feels there are gaps from the methods above. The interview will last about one hour.

Readiness for assessment

The employer will endorse progression to the end-point when satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  • achieved minimum level 2 English and mathematics
  • completed a portfolio of evidence


This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass, merit or distinction.

Professional Recognition

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the appropriate institutions as shown below:

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (for piping and mechanical)
  • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (for electrical and mechanical)
  • Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Professional registration is subject to candidates successfully completing this apprenticeship and undergoing professional review.

Why choose QFI

QFI is listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations to assess this apprenticeship Standard. We have access to specialist, occupationally competent independent assessors. We will work with you to ensure that the end-point assessment runs as smoothly as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org