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Design Engineer Apprentice

£9,254.44 to £18,278.00 annually
Closing date
16 Sep 2022

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
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What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Shall be fully committed to the achievement of the company policies and objectives with special respect to quality, safety and environment
  • Working to agreed task lists and seeking clarification from the Engineering Manager, as required
  • Design: to assist the Design Engineers if required. This shall include, but not be limited to:
  • Research into specifications, materials and components, as instructed
  • Material Procurement: issuing material requisitions for project and technical work; checked/approved by qualified Engineers
  • Instigation and Control: working with the Design Engineers for instigation and ongoing control of projects This shall include:
  • Maintaining documentation for live contracts including updating revision levels, incorporating comments and implementing minor changes
  • Liaising with the Design Engineers to ensure the project/task is fully understood
  • Supporting Engineering with design optimisation (i.e. cost and performance)
  • Producing (supervised) technical drawings for manufacture and assembly in accordance with company standards to agreed time schedules
  • Integration of common parts/standardisation and finalisation of materials and components
  • Prototypes/Modifications: upon receipt of prototype/first off modification/manufacture, the following shall apply:
  • (Where applicable, functional/process testing to establish equipment is 'fit for purpose) o Inspection of prototype/modification to verify compliance to manufacturing drawings, supervised by the Manager or Design Engineers
  • Feedback to supplier regarding NCRs/minor problems and subsequent issue/control of modifications of manufacturing drawings to supplier to enable closeout
  • Documentation: responsible for the organisation and preparation of all engineering documentation requirements, ensuring they are issued, as required by the project
  • Responsible for the supervised compilation of Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) approval documentation for issue to notified bodies, to enable approval of design

  • Company bonus
  • Company pension scheme
  • Death in Service (Life insurance)
  • 23 days holiday
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses for PC users, if appropriate
  • Social events organised and funded by the company

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician

End Point Assessment (EPA)

Higher National Certificate in Engineering or Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Manufacturing Operations.

Candidates will be required to attend Dudley College, Institute of Technology (IoT) campus, DY1 4AL, one day per week for the duration of the apprenticeship.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The successful candidate will be able to progress (if desired) into a Project Engineering role, running large projects & delegating to supporting staff. If progression is not desired, a Design Engineer role at Barton Firtop would be varied & interesting long-term; working with the R&D & technical teams, as well as the Shop Floor.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Initiative, Professional Presentation, Personal Presentation, Reliability, Ability to meet deadlines, Passionate about Engineering


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/5) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Engineering level 3 (Grade Pass) Essential

Things to consider

The successful candidate must be able to travel to both Barton Firtop Engineering in Kidderminster and the Institute of Technology in Dudley for day release each week. You will need to hold a Level 3 Engineering qualification or A Level (grade C minimum) in Mathematics and Physics.
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