Engineering pre-apprenticeship


A pre-apprenticeship is a stepping stone to get into the industry of your choice. If you are 16 or over and interested in engineering apprenticeships or working as a machine operator in a precision engineering workshop, this is a good starter course for you.


This is a full-time 50 week QQI Level 4 accredited course for people who are unemployed or in receipt of a disability allowance. A training allowance is available to eligible candidates.


To register your interest and make further enquiries contact:

Tony or Padraig on 043-3347515 or email


The Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship is a Longford/Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) Local Training Initiative.


Course Content includes:


  1. Milling
  2. Turning
  3. Technical Drawing
  4. Workplace Safety
  5. Work Experience
  6. Communications
  7. Mathematics
  8. Information Technology Skills
  9. Teamworking



On completion learners will be able to operate a milling machine to approved standards. Apply safe work practices while operating a milling machine, interpret simple component drawings, prepare a vertical milling machine to produce production pieces, maintain milling machine, tools and equipment.



On completion learners will be able to operate a lathe to approved standards. Apply safe work practices while operating a centre lathe, explain how the centre lathe is setup to produce production pieces, cut medium diamond knurls, operate centre lathe to produce production pieces to specifications maintain lathe, tools and equipment.


Technical Drawing

On completion learners will have the knowledge, skills and competence to communicate ideas graphically, describe the uses of common drawing instruments and tools, construct a range of 1-D and 2-D geometric shapes, draw freehand sketches, present developments for pyramids, prisms, right cones and cylinders, create drawings using crating, shade, shadow, tone and add texture, sketch the workings of a simple device.


Workplace Safety

On completion learners will have developed the skills in handling workplace items and safety equipment safely and effectively and have the knowledge, skills and competence to appreciate the importance of workplace safety. Identify fire exits, assembly points and emergency exits, identify hazards, explain the importance of PPE, carry out correct procedures for handling heavy, hazardous and fragile items, check smoke alarms and use a fire extinguisher.


Work Experience

This module covers the factors which influence work opportunities, the impact of paid and unpaid workforce participation, basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. Learners will learn how to identify personal strengths, summarise potential employment and learning opportunities, compile a CV and letter of application, participate in work placement and explore options for future education, training and employment.



On completion learners will be have the knowledge, skills and competence to communicate verbally and non-verbally in routine everyday tasks and in work related tasks. Communicate a range of messages effectively using visual aids, interpret images such as work related photos and diagrams, charts, maps, graphics, videos and logos, demonstrate listening skills, demonstrate a range of reading techniques, use drafting, editing and proof reading skills to write routine documents.



On completion learners will be able to use appropriate strategies such as rounding off, decimal places, estimation and percentages. Use a calculator for functions such as division, multiplication, square root, pi, scientific notation keys. Describe simple geometric shapes, solve practical problems by using correct formula and apply standard axioms and theorems of geometry. Solve algebraic equations, solve quadratic equations, explain basic statistical concepts, present information from data collected in graphical and tabular form including bar charts, pie charts, trend graphs histograms etc.


Workshop Skills

This module will equip learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to perform a range of basic mechanical engineering tasks in a supervised workshop environment under supervision. On completion learners will be able to carry out specific bench work activities using hand and power tools, follow a drawing or sketch for a specified mechanical engineering task, cut metric threads, use a centre lather to carry our basic turning processes, use hand tools to make riveted and soft soldered joints.


Information Technology Skills

On completion learners will have the knowledge, skills and competence to use applications in information technology and develop skills in data entry, word processing and using the internet, manage files, folders and directories, use a range of file management features to include delete, create, rename, copy, move, etc. Use data entry application to a minimum speed of 15 wpm. Access a word processing package, use a range of format tools including line spacing, indentation, justifying, enhance text, edit text etc. Navigate internet sites with specific links, use webmail application, manager a personal email account, produce a hard copy of a document.