When it comes to training your brightest young technicians and new recruits in the technology of the castings industry, you need a course that informs, develops and helps turn technical, practical young staff into the team leaders and potential managers of the future.

The Engineering & Technology Diploma Course, being delivered by the ICME does just that, broadening their understanding of the processes and the fundamentals of the industry.

The two-year course, including a total of 64 days of study bringing learners together to learn in a collegiate style forming a strong foundry-focussed learning environment. If you remember what your apprenticeship did for you back in the day – that’s what the Diploma brings now.

The Training for Tomorrow’s Foundry Technical Managers and Team Leaders

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The ICME’s two year Diploma course is the only programme specifically designed to develop the technical and practical education of the industry’s brightest young technicians into professional engineers.

For Employers

The Diploma will give your young technicians a detailed understanding of the foundry industry, its principles and processes. The Diploma will help your business to develop stronger individuals to become the managers of the future.

For Learners

The Diploma will give you the technical and practical education you need to compete in the foundry industry. You will develop a deeper understanding of all the casting processes and the underlying principles of casting that you will need to develop a career in casting.

Course Content

The course is a blend of tutor-led sessions, workshops, tutorials, assessed practical work and co-ordinated self-study through a range of support materials and industry expertise. The focus of the programme is to develop highly relevant and valuable practical skills using leading edge industry expertise and facilities.

Units include Sand Casting, Casting Design, Metallurgical Testing, as well as Casting Processes, Environmental issues and Health & Safety matters, giving a broad technical foundry education.

Working together, the students will also benefit from the strong bonds and links with learners from other foundries and suppliers across the industry that will continue long after the course is completed.

Course Structure

A two year course with 64 study days on block release, the Diploma is delivered over a total of 600 hours of study. Tutor led sessions are run across the country. New groups are continually being enrolled. Completion of the course enables the learner to register as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) on the Engineering Council’s Register of
Professional Engineers and then progress onto higher education programmes. The Diploma can be used towards an Apprenticeship.

Entry Qualifications

All interested candidates with a positive attitude to learning will be considered but generally good GCSEs including Maths, English and Science are required for entry.

Courses

Mandatory Units

  • QETA/001 – Engineering and Environmental Health and Safety
  • QETA/002 – Engineering Organisational Efficiency and Improvement

Optional Units

  • QETA/064 – Consumable Mould Casting Processes
  • QETA/065 – Permanent Mould Casting Processes
  • QETA/066 – Design for Casting
  • QETA/067 – Patternmaking
  • QETA/068 – Sand Moulding and Core Making
  • QETA/069 – Processing and Casting of Molten Metal
  • QETA/070 – Post Cast Operations
  • QETA/071 – Metallurgical Testing