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Software Controls Engineering Apprentice THORN LIGHTING LIMITED

Working as an integral part of the Manufacturing Engineering team, the Apprentice Software Controls Engineer will support the Software Controls Engineer in designing, testing and commissioning electrical control systems for special purpose machinery.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday - 7:30-16:00 Fridays - 7:30-12:30

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    01 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprentice software engineer will support many improvement projects within a manufacturing facility which may involve quality improvements, cost efficiencies or operational efficiencies.

  • Design & manufacture of electrical equipment such as control panels, robotic and automated systems, that comply to relevant standards, in line with business requirements.
  • Design and develop control systems in a PLC, HMI, PC, SCADA environment, utilising software across a multiple platforms for automated manufacturing equipment.
  • Work closely with all departments, ensuring you are a key team member in transitioning new designs through documentation, prototyping, timely production and testing
  • Programming and de-bugging of  Industrial Automation, Robotics and Machine Vision software/hardware.
  • Provide Networking / communication capability with equipment in the manufacturing environment and systems within the business management environment.
  • Create complete documentation for all implemented systems
  • Provide post production support and training.

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

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Technical Support
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

The apprentice will carry out their training at South West Durham Training, on day(s) release, to be determined.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A full time role within the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent ICT (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Desired

About the employer

Thorn manufactures and supplies dependable, efficient, high-quality lighting. Our extensive portfolio of indoor and outdoor lighting is developed to address the needs of wholesalers, contractors, specifiers and end users, for the widest range of applications. Our name is recognised throughout the world as standing for quality, reliability and ease of use. Supported by 90 years of expertise, we are proud to be known as a trusted partner, providing customers with invaluable insight and support beyond the product. We are also a Smart City specialist, helping municipalities improve safety and wellbeing through connectivity and intelligence. In indoor lighting, our innovative solutions create comfortable, efficient light for living and working. Thorn is proud to be a member of the Zumtobel Group.




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DL16 6HL

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Training provider



Niomi Wright


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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