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R & D Engineer Apprentice

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

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

Department: Engineering (R&D)

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 for minor, technical and project work and seeking clarification from the Engineering Manager, as required
  • Design: to assist the Lead Engineers and Design Engineers;

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 Engineering Manager and Design Engineers for instigation and ongoing control of projects

This shall include:
  • Liaising with the Engineering Manager and Design Engineers to ensure the project/task is fully understood
  • Supervised SolidWorks 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
  • Creating final assembly models from concepts through the necessary procedures

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 compilation of Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) approval documentation for issue to notified bodies, to enable approval of design This shall include (but not limited to):
  • Selection of conformity assessment modules o Assessment of essential safety requirements o Particular material appraisals
  • Manufacturing and GA drawings (for the product range)
  • Working procedures
  • Sales Data Sheets
  • Will undertake reasonable instructions and tasks from senior personnel, commensurate with the nature of the job and in the best interest of the company, actively contributing to continuous improvement with the Technical Director, through improved systems and processes

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 become a key member of the R&D team, supporting the Engineering department & developing new products for the company. This role offers opportunities in the Engineering projects team, as well as the specialist simulation team. With career progression, management is possible with the right experience & capabilities. The company operates a fair & equal opportunities program where new positions that become available are open to all internal employees. If progression is not desired, the R&D role at Barton Firtop would be varied & interesting long-term; working with the Engineering & 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, Reliable, Ability to work to deadlines


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C / 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5 / C) 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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