Product Design and Development Engineer Apprentice

Tixall Road, Stafford, ST16 3UB
£17,844.00 annually
15 Apr 2021
08 May 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
During this apprenticeship, which can last up to 60 months, you will complete a rotational training programme which combines university-based learning with on-the-job training, you will be given the opportunity to experience different aspects of engineering, designed to provide you with an excellent foundation in the function.

From day one you will be embedded in a team solving real world problems. You will get to work and collaborate with people in Caterpillar facilities worldwide. Your working week will also include time to study that will either be located at our Stafford facility or at the facility of our partnered training provider allowing you to network and share experiences with other students further enhancing your learning.

Duties will include:
  • How to comply with statutory requirements and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • How to effectively use, interpret and evaluate a range of engineering data sources and documentation
  • Organising work efficiently and effectively in managing engineering resources when completing tasks
  • Producing components using hand fitting techniques and producing mechanical assemblies
  • Producing Electrical or Electronic Drawings or CAD Models using a CAD system
  • Preparing and using lathes, milling and other general or specialist high tech equipment
  • Applying mechanical, electrical and electronic devices and equipment
  • Using computer software packages to assist with engineering activities
  • Producing and managing engineering project plans

During the development stage they would hone and deepen their general engineering skills in there specialist areas and also may undergo placements in relevant supportive functions to provide breadth of experience. With all of these skills, they will be using a well-planned logical and systematic approach. On successful completion of the above, the apprentice will then progress to develop their skills in:
  • Project Management in undertaking engineering activities
  • Establishing design briefs, presenting and discussing technical proposals
  • Managing and controlling product design change
  • Supporting team feasibility design reviews.
  • Demonstrating technical and commercial management in planning and managing tasks & resources

During your apprenticeship, there may be the opportunity to experience the following areas.

  • Brainstorm concepts for new components, systems, methods to power and propel equipment and much more. Partner with simulation and test experts to vet your concepts, then see them progress through our manufacturing to a final product ready to help our customers build a better world

  • Take a design engineer's concept and put it to work to collect data, verify performance, and contribute to design enhancements. Our test engineers "play" in both the lab and field environments (giant sandbox, anyone?) and have access to advanced equipment and tools

  • Develop and apply advanced computational models to understand, verify, and improve the design of components, systems, products and processes

  • Support and enhance Caterpillar product performance, durability, reliability, quality and serviceability. The research function works in conjunction with business partners to lead the development and deployment of technology into products and services to deliver customer value

  • Coordinate the development and testing of controls systems and software for our entire product line. This may include overall architectural design of software structure and functionality, requirements development, coordination of verification and validation software

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work in teams
  • The ability to problem solve
  • Detail oriented
  • Able to work under pressure

Personal qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Good written ability
  • Proactive
  • Versatility
  • Logical approach to work
  • Good attendance and punctuality

Desired qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at a Grade 5/C or above with a preference of a Grade 6/B in Mathematics and a Science based subject, as well as A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3

Future prospects

  • On satisfactory completion of your apprenticeship, there is the possibility that you will be offered full time employment with Perkins (Caterpillar)
  • There is the opportunity to develop through the business as a Chartered Engineer or Engineering manager
  • Exceptional apprentices may get the opportunity to complete further apprenticeships or further education at University to achieve masters level qualifications

Things to consider

  • After initial paper sift, candidates will be required to sit a Maths, English and ICT skills assessment
  • Candidates who successfully complete this assessment stage will be invited to an assessment centre to be held at Perkins Engines Company (Stafford) Facility, likely to be held week commencing 26th July or the week commencing 02nd August

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