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Level 3 Engineering Design & Draughtsperson

SMC Pneumatics UK
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Closing date
3 Mar 2023

Job Details

Level 3 - Engineering Design & Draughtsperson

Hours:  Full Time – 37.5 hours

Department:  Design Engineering Team - either in SMC UK or our European Technical Centre 

Location:  Milton Keynes

You’d be amazed at the thing we get involved with…

We’ve got airplanes into the air, cars on the road, battened down the hatches on board ship, and reduced the CO2 footprint of commercial freight.

We’ve put bread on your table, pulled you a pint, put the shirt on your back and a phone in your pocket.

Imagine working for us - a global market leader in pneumatic and automation technology, where innovation and customer satisfaction is at the forefront of what we do.

The Opportunity

SMC are on the search for applicants with a genuine enthusiasm for design engineering and a curiosity about the business and the manufacturing industry.  Based in Milton Keynes, you will work in one of our design teams – European Technical Centre (ETC) or Design Engineering Group – both are part of the SMC group and are based in Crownhill, Milton Keynes.

You will also have the opportunity to work closely with all manufacturing functions to ensure designs align with corporate best practice and are engineered for efficient manufacture at the SMC factories in Milton Keynes, Italy or Czech Republic.

You will attend Milton Keynes College for 1 day per week on the Engineering Design and Draughtsperson standard specialising as either a;

  • Mechanical Design and Draughtsperson
  • Control and Instrumentation Design and Draughtsperson

About you

You’ll be able to demonstrate your interest in engineering through hobbies (car mechanics, fixing your bike etc..) and possible work experience.  The successful applicant will have a strong desire to learn, good attention to detail, be organised and able to manage their time and own workload.  Good communication and team working skills are essential.

You’ll be at home in a collaborative working environment and tick that ‘team player’ box.  Oh, and good timekeeping is a must!

Entry Requirements

You will have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grades 4-9 (A-C) which should include Mathematics (grade 6 or above), English Language (grade 4 or above) and a Science or Technical subject (grade 6 or above).

Training provided

  • Level 3 Engineering Design & Draughtsperson pathway. 
  • Training with Milton Keynes College.  
  • You will also benefit from ongoing support and training within the company
  • Duration:  36 – 42 months excluding end point assessment

Future prospects

SMC champion employee development and following successful completion of your apprenticeship would lead to a Junior Design Engineer position with the aim of progressing to a Design Engineer.



Established in Japan in 1959 with headquarters located in Tokyo, SMC is the global market leader in the manufacturing of pneumatic and automation components that play an essential role in various industries including automotive, life science, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, food, and packaging.

SMC has presence in 82 countries, with 51 subsidiaries and 5 global R&D centres. In the UK, SMC has traded for over forty years and occupies a third of the market. The UK headquarters are located on a purpose built 14-acre production facility in Milton Keynes.

UK customers benefit from bespoke product options, built to their specific needs, and assembled in the Milton Keynes factory. Around 370 staff members are employed in the UK, with 85 accounting for field-based sales consultants providing technical support to customers nationwide.

The UK site is co-located with the SMC European Technical Centre, one of the five global R&D centres. Here, 76 design engineers develop existing products and offer specialist technical support to European customers.

SMC continues to prioritise the development of compact, lightweight products designed to reduce CO2 consumption and compressed air wastage. In addition, SMC’s ISO14001:2015 certified Environmental Management System reduces waste by considering the environmental impact of production, supply chain management and the product life cycle.

Find Us
SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd
Vincent Avenue
Milton Keynes

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