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Electrical Maintenance Engineering Apprentice Vita Cellular Foams

This vacancy is for an Electrical Maintenance Engineer Apprentice based in Accrington. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to undertake valuable work experience whilst gaining on the job qualifications.

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Closing date: 25 Feb 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Days: Mon-Friday with shift cover for holidays. One week in 6 rotational night-time cover (but only after training/ familiarisation period).

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    07 Mar 2022

  • Date posted

    04 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Provide the on-site engineering maintenance cover required to meet the needs of an expending business. A time-served multi-skilled engineer able to work with electrical control systems to fault finding level as well as carry out mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic fault finding and repairs to a range of foam conversion equipment.

Must have a thorough understanding PLC controls ideally be able to perform minor PLC changes. Strong oral and written communication, analytical and problem-solving skills essential as well as a broad knowledge of all aspects of engineering and site facilities.  Must be self-motivated, have excellent judgment and be able to multitask under pressure.

Responsibilities will include:

  • To monitor and inspect the condition of production equipment, the site facilities and carryout maintenance and repairs as necessary, to ensure safety and maximise uptime performance
  • To devise planned preventative maintenance schedules and update the CMMS accurately and on time
  • Monitor line performance for operational efficiency, report to management OEE and devise improvements to existing processes
  • Carryout Root cause analysis when a breakdown occurs and implement solutions to mitigate reoccurrence 
  • Assist with safety related issues on site including writing of risk assessments and safe operating procedures – a key member of the site safety team
  • Manage small projects when required
  • Ordering and stock control of spare parts, generate critical spares lists
  • Identify and organise condition monitoring routines
  • Organise and supervise external contractors carrying out work on site, ensuring permits are issued and Vita / regulatory standards are met at all times
  • Ensure statutory records for equipment are maintained on time
  • Create and keep updated maintenance work lists and proactively report to management progress 

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Strong fault diagnosis skills on industrial electrical and mechanical systems to rectify breakdowns of production machinery and site facilities
  • Able to read electrical and mechanical drawings with CAD experience desirable
  • Carry out planned preventive maintenance tasks
  • Record all planned and unplanned work in the CMMS before end of shift
  • Ensure all engineering work carried out on site is completed to the required safety standards
  • Issue permits to work and monitor contractor performance
  • Monitor and record the performance of production equipment
  • Suggest improvements and if approved carryout associated modifications as small projects
  • Liaise with suppliers, obtaining best prices and deliveries for services, spare parts, and equipment purchases
  • When necessary work on the line / equipment to monitor performance
  • Become an expert in the operation of all equipment on site 
  • Handover shift meeting at end of shift

The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required.  Other duties may be assigned.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • ONC or HNC time served apprentice trained technician (or equivalent)
  • 3-5 years’ experience (or equivalent) in a similar role (or equivalent)
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office packages e.g., Word, Excel, Email and CMMS system

Personal qualities

  • Must have an interest in Engineering
  • Good timekeeping and attendance
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written English capability

Desired qualifications

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English, and maths. GCSEs in science and Technology (or equivalent) are desirable.

Future prospects

Engineers work in high-tech, dynamic environments using state of the art equipment. They are inventors, designers and problem solvers, people who make a difference to the way we live. As trained professionals, engineers are well paid and highly respected.

Many get top jobs and even run their own companies. If you enjoy working as part of a team, like solving problems and have a practical flair, you will find engineering has a lot to offer.

Things to consider

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Please note:

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a suitable number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply ASAP if you wish to be considered for this role.

About the employer

Caligen's Creative Foam Technology manufactures an ever-increasing range of high specification foam products, used in a multitude of applications in the automotive, footwear, medical, hygiene and industrial markets.


Vita Cellular Foams


Broad Oak



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Training 2000 Ltd


Chris Cumpstey 01254 54659

Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Functional Skills in English, maths, and ICT at L2 (if not already achieved)

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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