L6 Space Apprenticeship

Full name
Space systems engineer apprenticeship standard (L6)
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Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
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Relevant compentencies

Note that this is not a complete list of the competencies in the L6 Space Apprenticeship, just ones that are relevant to SpaceCRAFT.

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L6 Space Apprenticeship competency SpaceCRAFT competencies
B2 Collaborate and promote teamwork across disciplines. SCF-48 Work with others
B4 Adapt to, and resilient in challenging or changing situation. SCF-53 Be resilient
B5 Commits to their own and supports others' professional development. SCF-55 Self-reflect
B7 Act as a role model and advocate for health and safety. SCF-25 Follow regulations
K1 Spacecraft dynamics and control techniques: two-body orbital motion and perturbations, sources of disturbance, spacecraft attitude control, manoeuvres, station keeping and rendezvous operations. SCF-1 Understand spacecraft flight mechanics
K2 Architecture of ground and space-based communications subsystems. SCF-12 Understand spacecraft electronics
K3 Mission concept of operations: mission phasing, operational scenarios and modes, timelines, ground and space segments, communications and data handling architecture. SCF-47 Lead technical processes
K4 The role of the ground station in mission operations. SCF-28 Understand role of space software
K8 Application of finite element analysis and system modelling software for mechanical, electrical and electromechanical sub-systems. SCF-5 Run simulations
K10 Practical and theoretical requirements of electrical, electronic, electromechanical and mechanical equipment and systems in the space context. SCF-12 Understand spacecraft electronics
K12 The space environment: vacuum, thermal, radiation, particulate, atmospheres, vibration and thermal environment during launch. SCF-2 Understand impact of the space environment on spacecraft design
K13 Purpose of approved processes, components, parts and materials lists. SCF-20 Develop manufacturing processes
K14 Properties, handling and application of space qualified materials. SCF-18 Understand material properties
K15 Principles of quality assurance and quality standards in space projects. SCF-25 Follow regulations
K16 Test standards in the space context. SCF-25 Follow regulations
K17 Principles, processes and techniques for thermal-vacuum, electromagnetic compatibility, shock, vibration and acoustic testing, reporting and post-test procedures and actions. SCF-24 Test components
K18 Configuration and document management control processes: issue control, incorporation of change and end item data pack. SCF-19 Interpret technical documents
K19 Principles of project management in space projects. SCF-34 Provide leadership
K22 Techniques and strategies used for the manufacture and fabrication of space hardware, and impact of manufacturing processes on material properties. SCF-20 Develop manufacturing processes
K23 The upstream space sector, its applications, and the typical characteristics of spacecraft used in different mission types. SCF-32 Understand the sector
K24 The role of software in the function and control of spacecraft and ground facilities. SCF-28 Understand role of space software
K25 Legal requirements: Health and Safety at Work, Environmental Protection and Sustainability, General Data Protection Regulation, Space Industry Act (Background, Range control, Licences, Safety, Security, Liabilities, Indemnities and Insurance). SCF-38 Develop policy
K27 Teamwork and leadership: negotiation techniques, conflict management, mentoring and development techniques, diversity, equality and inclusivity considerations. SCF-48 Work with others
K28 Communication and presentation techniques: verbal and written. SCF-50 Communicate effectively
K29 Engineering drawing principles: development drawings, qualification drawings and production drawings using computer aided design (CAD) software for creating 3D models and 2D drawings including schematics and circuit diagrams. SCF-14 Design circuit boards
S2 Communicate with colleagues and stakeholders: verbal and written. SCF-50 Communicate effectively
S3 Present information. For example, presenting project progress and key performance information (KPI's) such as cost, quality, time, risk and opportunities, contributing to technical publications, conveying information to technical and non-technical audiences. SCF-50 Communicate effectively
S4 Review and interpret customer requirements for the function and performance of their spacecraft or subsystem. SCF-43 Capture requirements
S5 Produce space engineering designs, specifications and drawings. For example, for tender and manufacturing stages. SCF-8 Produce technical documents
S6 Contribute to the preparation of technical proposals. For example, by providing the lead engineer with technical input. SCF-9 Contribute to technical processes
S7 Contribute to technical reviews with stakeholders. For example, explaining proposed solutions to the customer. SCF-47 Lead technical processes
S8 Perform design and mechanical-structural, thermal and dynamic-vibration analysis, for deployable structures. SCF-9 Contribute to technical processes
S9 Calculate and model the performance of electronic, mechanical and thermal subsystems using approved industry techniques. For example, communications, power, data handling and thermal control. SCF-7 Perform testing
S10 Use scientific and engineering data. For example, to support decision making during design, build and operations phases of a mission or project. SCF-30 Process data
S11 Identify and apply test standards and procedures. For example, identify and apply test standards for a specific project or mission. SCF-24 Test components
S12 Prepare and apply technical documentation. For example, schedules, test plans, test reports, quality reports, and the digital tools used for their preparation. SCF-8 Produce technical documents
S13 Research technical solutions to problems. For example, use peer-reviewed literature and technical publications to research technical solutions with awareness of patent rules. SCF-52 Problem solve
S14 Use information technology including digital tools for presentation of data, digital communication, collaboration, design and analysis. SCF-51 Work with digital tools
S15 Identify and comply with legal and statutory requirements. For example, health and safety, Environmental protection, sustainability, space certification requirements and data protection. SCF-25 Follow regulations
S16 Work with and lead others including, negotiation, conflict management, mentoring and developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity. SCF-49 Lead others
S17 Mission Analysis techniques using numerical analysis and simulation tools such as AGI-Systems Toolkit or NASA-GMAT. SCF-30 Process data