Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship

Pre-Apprenticeship Engineering offers students the ideal opportunity to learn how to apply solutions to practical problems. This full-time Level 5 course is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to go on to pursue an apprenticeship. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of Engineering Fabrication, Machine Tool operation and Joining methods. Candidates also study construction services and systems and develop these skills which are essential to gaining an apprenticeship in a range of trades in the Engineering and Construction Industry.

You will study the fundamentals of engineering and construction – covering drawing, practical workshop and construction skills and the underpinning theory. This course provides you with an understanding of engineering and construction in a wide variety of careers in areas including Engineering fabrication, product manufacturing, construction, electrical & mechanical services. Our industry connections will help you maximise your progression and career options.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Learn in our fully equipped workshops
  • Use industry standard software SolidWorks®
  • Learn practical skills and apply knowledge
  • Discover new technologies
  • Great professional links
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Building Construction
  • Computer Aided Draughting
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Workshop Processes
  • Engineering Workshop Theory
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Fitter/Welder
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Tool Making
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Mechanical Automation


I completed the Engineering Technology course in Carlow to explore the engineering industry. Engaging in various modules like CAD, engineering drawing, practical and theoretical aspects, and building construction was enriching. Work experience helped me decide on my future path. I chose toolmaking with Carlow Toolmaking Services and secured a four-year apprenticeship. I highly recommend this course for those keen on enhancing engineering skills. It ignited my passion for engineering and strengthened my existing skills. Excited for my toolmaking apprenticeship and future in engineering!


Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Engineering Technology 5M2061
  • Safe Pass Certificate
  • Manual Handling Certificate


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
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PLSS Code: 415243
Coordinator: Pat Lawlor

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.