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Research & Development Apprentice

Colworth House, Colworth Laboratory, Sharnbrook, MK44 1LQ
£23,000.00 annually
Closing date
4 Feb 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
What will the apprentice be doing?
  • Product design and development engineers use engineering techniques to bring new products to life or redesign existing products
  • Product design and development engineers work on all stages of product creation, product modification and product componentry
  • They support activities ranging on early concept feasibility, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and other modelling, activities, and stages through to final preparation for launch and customers
  • This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating, and analysing performance
  • Typically, they work closely with suppliers and managers in bringing new concepts to life or contributing to redesigns of existing products

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

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Manufacturing Technology:
  • Which focuses on manufacturing technology design and operation for all major classes of manufacturing processes, including casting, machining, forming, joining and additive manufacturing; and for all relevant classes of materials including polymers, composites, ceramics, and metals
  • This study is underpinned by fundamental theories of physical principles including thermodynamics, statics and dynamics, numerical methods, control, and instrumentation
  • Graduates will be able to apply a broad understanding of technical, economic, social, and environmental implications of manufacturing technology, to contribute to a competitive and sustainable manufacturing industry

What will you study:
  • Year 1 - Engineering mathematics and computing. Electrical engineering and instrumentation. Manufacturing processes and materials engineering
  • Fundamentals of science for engineers. Professional development for engineers. Introduction to design and CAD/CAM
  • Operations management
  • Year 2 - Further mathematics and computing for engineering. Control and automation
  • Professional engineering and sustainable manufacturing, Multidisciplinary project Manufacturing systems
  • Further science for engineers. Machining, joining and thermal processing
  • Year 3 - Supply chain management. Further non-metallic component manufacturing. Industry 4.0. Industrial project and Project management
  • Design of Composites, Mould and Tooling Design, or Lubrication and Wear
  • You will study on a Level 6 Product Design & Development Engineer standard on a Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Technology pathway
  • On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Degee Level 6 standard
  • During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield's AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis
  • After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
  • Completion of the University of Sheffield's AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world. These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Technology (Grade B or above) Essential

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