Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship: Technician (Technical / Design / Engineering / Quality)

We require Advanced Technician Apprentices who are self motivated, open thinking and have good problem solving skills. The job will be include hands on skills, that will then be developed in to a technical engineering support role within the Production, Design, Development, Engineering, Production, Quality Assurance, Customer Support / Service, Supply Chain / Purchasing disciplines of the manufacturing business at Milton Keynes. The successful applicant will develop into a top class Engineer with a developed knowledge and understanding of all technical support elements of the business, as well as a solid foundation in the Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic engineering disciplines employed within the Niftylift product range.

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Applicant Entry Criteria:

Minimum of 5 GCSE' s (or equivalent), Grade C or above, including Maths, English and Science.

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Example Roles in More Detail:

Design Engineer Roles

  • Innovative, and comprehensive design specifications developed to provide design specifications for cost effective manufacture and exceeded customer requirements.
  • Details design support within project teams ensuring aesthetic, robust, quality design solutions are achieved, through utilisation of a wide range of materials and manufacturing methods.
  • Fully competent usage of the full range of tools incorporated within Pro Engineer 3D CAD package.
  • Support the manufacture of the company's existing and new product range through generating effective engineering information / systems / manufacturing processes / BOM's and system trouble shooting / diagnostics.

Quality Control & Engineer Roles

  • To effectively and efficiently control and administer the company's quality control systems in line with ISO9001, TUV and other company defined standards.
  • Process all non conformities through the internal / external quality note system, including identification of agreed preventative actions.
  • Provide and manage a framework for the Warranty Returns and Customer Complaints through the company's 8D system.
  • Provide hands on technical assistance for component field failures, ensuring parts are diagnostic / analysed and project managed through to preventative design, supply or build action.
  • Conduct Supplier Evaluation Audits and development programs.
  • Responsible for establishing trends, corrective and preventative actions to support both Niftylift internal and external supply chain.
  • Development of robust machine testing procedures and inspection, including hands on hot testing.

Production / Manufacturing / Development Engineer Roles

  • To support the manufacture of the company's existing and new product range through generating effective engineering information / systems / manufacturing processes / BOM's and facilities in accordance with H&S legislation.
  • To implement a successful Lean Manufacturing culture, focusing on continual improvement and the elimination / reduction of all wastes. Developing and establishing lean standard operation times.
  • Generating / maintaining accurate build specifications and works order information on the company's manufacturing system. Communicate and support drawing issues / changes with production.
  • Compliance and development of legislation / company health and safety systems.
  • Provide mechanical and electrical fault finding / problem solving support direct to production cells, maintaining fault diagnostics database.

Engineering Commodity Buyer Roles

  • Global sourcing of engineered products. Develop contracts and supplier agreements, with key partnership suppliers.
  • Continuous cost down, through strong constructive negotiation, including driving supplier's technical / engineering resources, global and currency sourcing, correct supplier selection (skills, resource and facilities).
  • Develop and maintain ordering methods and rolling delivery schedules.
  • Maintain and develop the materials control and purchasing planning parameters on the company's manufacturing software system.
  • Develop, measure, approve and audit supply base.

Production Supervision & Management Roles

  • To effectively manage and develop people, plant, layout and systems, to achieve both effective and efficient quality production within defined sectors of the operations business.
  • Efficient organisation and utilisation of staff, including compliance with health and safety standards, skills flexibility.
  • Measuring, reporting and managing key performance indicators.
  • Develop and maintain build quality to achieve outstanding customer satisfaction standards.
  • To support, implement and sustain continuous improvement through lean manufacturing techniques and philosophies throughout the complete production area.
  • People / culture development and training in alignment with new methods / practices being introduced.
  • Ensuring company procedures and standards are complied with.

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The Advanced Apprenticeship Framework:

Based at MK College, the apprentice will work toward the following qualifications:

BTEC Diploma in Engineering - Level 3. 2 year day release course.

The BTEC Level 3 qualification will include the following units. These include a mix of practical workshop training along with classroom based studies.

Qualification Title
001:Health & Safety in the Engineering Workplace
002:Communications for Engineering Technicians
003:Engineering Project
004:Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
005:Mechanical principles and applications
006:Electrical & electronic Principles
012:Applications of Mechanical systems in Engineering
015:Electro, Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices
016:Engineering Drawing for Technicians
022:Fabrication processes and technology
052:Electrical Installation

Transferrable Functional Skills Training:

  • English Functional Skills - Level 2 (If required)
  • Mathematics Functional Skills - Level 2 (If required)
  • Information and Communication Technology Functional Skills Level 2
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - Level 2
  • Award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities - Level 2

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In House Training / Experience:

Engineering Technical Support NVQ Level 3:

Learning, experiencing and mastering all of the skills, systems and practices in the following department, flow lines and cells:

Product Line Assembly & Supply CellsProduction Engineering Department
Quality Assurance DepartmentStores / Logistics
Design Engineering DepartmentPurchasing Department
Service / Customer Support Department

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Progression Opportunities:

For those people who wish to progress their career qualifications further, and have the necessary drive, enthusiasm and ability, there are further potential opportunities following successful merit / distinction level completion of this programme, including:

  • Integrate over to the Higher Engineering Apprenticeship - Senior Technician (Manufacturing Technical Support) program.

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The apprenticeship is a win / win situation of learning and earning at the same time.  The above framework has the opportunity to be exceeded, and for the right candidates can develop through to our technician level framework of further education.  The apprenticeship offers a competitive wage, potential overtime (at premium rates), future bonus, health cover, contributory pension, life insurance and holiday allowance scheme.

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The above role offers a competitive wage rate, healthcare scheme, contributory pension, life insurance and holiday allowance scheme.

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How to Apply:

Please apply in writing only (inc. expected package) to

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