Land-based Service Engineering Technician Apprentice

Finning UK Ltd

You are expected to be involved in all aspects of:- Preparation of Caterpillar products and the verification of its optimum performance. Conducting scheduled maintenance, safety inspections, carry out diagnostic procedures to return Cat equipment to optimum levels of performance. and the compilation condition reports.

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

Annual wage


Working week

Monday through Friday

Total hours per week: 39.00

Apprenticeship duration

4 years

Possible start date

04 Sep 2017

Date posted

20 Jan 2017

Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



2 available

Occupation: Plant Maintenance Service Engineers (PMSE) provide advanced technical support and guidance across a diverse range of plant and equipment some of which may be specific to one or more of the following industry sectors: Construction, Mining, Waste/Recycling, Aggregates  and Forestry Equipment.


Overview of Role: PMSE Technicians are expected to be involved in all aspects of:-

  • Preparation of machinery, plant and equipment and the verification of its optimum performance.
  • Commissioning and handover of new machinery, plant and equipment to the end user.
  • Conducting scheduled maintenance operations and adjustments, safety inspections and the compilation of machinery condition reports.
  • Diagnosis of complex faults in machinery, plant and equipment.
  • Compilation of repair proposals and the implementation of timely and cost effective repairs.


This requires a blend of skills, knowledge, and safe working and environmental practice capabilities spanning, power units, power trains, fabrication, mechanical, electrical, electronic, mechatronic, hydraulic and pneumatic system applications.

The nature of the industries will present technical challenges ranging from simple mechanics to diagnosis and repair of complex electronic, mechatronic and telemetry systems.

These operations may take place in the employer’s workshop or on the customer’s site, requiring flexible working in line with seasonal requirements.

Additionally, as a senior engineer, they will be responsible for mentoring colleagues, for example supervision of junior colleagues; and customers on the selection and application of plant and equipment.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Knowledge: The academic learning delivered to underpin the vocational knowledge will allow the PMSE to develop their capabilities as technology and innovation advance. It will equip them to demonstrate a thorough breadth and depth of understanding relevant to the industry sector they work within.

  • Compliance with environmental, safe working and relevant legislation policies and practices.
  • Ownership and application of procedures (company, client, Health & Safety).
  • How to communicate effectively using a range of techniques.
  • The identification and correct application of tools and equipment used within the profession.
  • Methods of thermally and chemically joining metals and components.
  • Advanced technical and engineering principles of plant and equipment machinery systems and diagnostic procedures.
  • Service, maintenance and repair principles and practices for complex machinery, plant and equipment.
  • How to access, interpret and apply information and technical data on current and emerging products.
  • Techniques used in logical fault diagnosis, and verification of machinery, plant and equipment performance.
  • Working effectively and efficiently including accessing Continual Professional Development materials.

Skills: PMSE will need to demonstrate the logical application of core skills in a systematic approach whilst demonstrating dexterity, resourcefulness and best practice. They will need to be capable of the following:

  • Access and interpretation of technical data and documentation.
  • Effective communication and customer care.
  • Work efficiently and effectively both as an individual and a team member.
  • Handover of machinery, plant and equipment, and verification of equipment performance.
  • Carry out complex diagnostics, repair and re-instatement of complex machinery, plant and equipment, and verify conformity to manufacturer’s specification
  • Maintain and repair of power units, power trains, mechanical equipment, plant machinery and their components.
  • Maintain and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and their components.
  • Maintain, interrogate and calibrate electronic systems, laser guidance, and electrical circuits.
  • Maintain, as appropriate to the industry sector; Wheeled Vehicles, Tracked Vehicles, Pedestrian controlled Equipment, Static Plant, Hand Operated Power Tools and Rollers 
  • Minimise machinery, plant and equipment downtime by carrying out diagnostic and preventative maintenance efficiently and effectively.

Personal qualities

Occupational Behaviours: Today’s plant engineer service engineering businesses require Advanced Apprentices possessing a diverse set of occupational relevant skills, knowledge and disciplines that will ensure success both in current and future roles equipping them to meet the overall company objectives.

These required disciplines include:

  • Safety Orientation: This occupation operates within an industry with a high exposure level to safety critical activities. There has to be strict compliance and a disciplined approach to identifying, managing, mitigation and avoidance of hazards for both safety and the environment.
  • Strong Work Ethic: Positive attitude, motivated by service engineering, dependable, ethical, responsible and reliable.
  • Problem Solving: Enjoys complex problem solving being able to identify issues quickly and to apply appropriate solutions. Has the ability to establish the root cause of the problem to prevent further re-occurrences rather than to repair the results of the problem.
  • Logical Approach: Able to apply a logical thought process to structuring and implementing an efficient action plan to meet customer and company expectations.
  • Quality Focused: Follows procedures and approved engineering principles to ensure work completed is fit for purpose and in line with manufacturer’s specifications. Pays attention to detail and applies approved verification checks throughout work activities to ensure compliance.
  • Personal Responsibility: Motivated to succeed accountable and committed to completing a task.
  • Good Communicator: Able to use a variety of appropriate communication methods to express and receive information accurately in a timely, factual and positive manner.
  • Team Player: Not only able to work on own initiative but also able to interact and communicate effectively within a team applying a respectful professional manner.
  • Contributor to Profitability: Continuously strives to identify and apply increased efficiency opportunities and activities.
  • Adaptability: Able to adapt to change in conditions, technologies, situations and working environments.
  • Self-Motivation: A motivated self-starter who wants to give their best, relishes new challenges who can work on their own initiative.
  • Willingness to Learn: Wants to stretch and drive their Continuous Professional Development.
  • Commitment: Able to commit to the objectives of their employer and to the wider professional standards of
  • the industry.

Qualifications required

Entry requirements: Employers will set the selection criteria for apprentices; typically this requires achievement of

4 GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent and will include English, Mathematics and a Science subject. In addition to these subjects it is desirable that the candidate has a good understanding of the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Typically the apprenticeship will take 48 months. This may be reduced for candidates progressing from the Plant mechanic Service Engineer Apprenticeship or transferring into the industry with relevant experience.

Future prospects

A career as a Finning Cat Service Engineer can mean a big opportunity to get ahead. With a good attitude and education, and through continuous learning, you can go as far as you want. Finning are looking for committed and enthusiastic individuals who are looking to progress their career within the business; as engineers, future supervisors/managers.

Things to consider

Working for Finning as an engineer can mean travel to differing parts of the UK and Ireland to meet the needs of customers and Finning business so where you work may mean relocating at the end of apprenticeship.

About the employer

Finning UK Ltd are the worlds largest Caterpillar Equipment Dealership covering the whole of the UK &and Ireland. We sell service and Caterpillar equipment and Power Systems product serving Construction, Mining, Waste, Marine, Oil & and Gas, Electric Power generation and other industrys supporting such equipment to offer total product support to Caterpillar and our customers. Apprenticeship vacancies are offered across the UK.


Finning UK Ltd


Vanguard Trading Estate

Britannia Road


S40 2TZ

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Training provider

Training provided at Finning Academy located at Finning head office Staffordshire and work based placements will be provided at locations around the UK. this may include  Leeds, Cannock, Chesterfield etc.

This will be two years training at Finning Academy working towards the Construction plant route on the land based engineer (VRQ) (Tech Cert) qualification on  block release and work experience at Finning branch workshops to gain competencies qualification (VRQ)

Apprenticeship standard

Land-Based Engineering > Land-based Service Engineering Technician

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Finning UK Ltd

Employer's Application Instructions

Apply via Finning website look for careers and apprenticeships. An on line application form is available

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: today