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Mechanical Design Engineer Apprentice HERAEUS NOBLELIGHT LIMITED

Heraeus Noblelight Ltd. is part of the global Heraeus Technology Group a fortune 500 listed company with over 15,000 employees and revenues in excess of 25 billion Euros. They are currently looking for a Mechanical Design Engineer apprentice to join their team.

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Closing date: 21 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday-Friday (Wednesday at college), 8:30-16:30

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Oct 2022

  • Date posted

    31 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This vacancy is within a multi-discipline team designing high powered manufacturing systems, offering training in skills used in new product development from customer engagement through to prototype design and transfer to volume production.

Day to day duties:

  • Part and assembly modelling using Autodesk Inventor.
  • Manufacturing drawing creation
  • Engineering design calculations
  • Hands-on Prototype building
  • Creating and contributing to: manuals, Standard Operating Procedures, User Requirement Specifications, Functional Design Specifications, Failure Mode Effect Analysis, design reviews etc
  • Hands on testing of products
  • Writing of reports
  • Part and bill of materials creation in MRP system
  • Supplier liaising
  • Component sourcing

Successful candidate will report directly to the Mechanical system design engineer, working closely with a multi-disciplinary development team designing products. This role offers and excellent opportunity to gain experience with the other departments involved in the development of products for a fast moving strong growth high technology company.

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

  • The learner will be studying the Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification, which includes the EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence), the EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering – (optional pathways) – (Development Competence), and the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge).
  • Day release to West Suffolk College.
  • Functional skills will be studied if equivalent qualifications are not held.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On successful completion of the 2 year apprenticeship there will be an opportunity to become a full time employee within the engineering team along with the option to either continuing to the HNC/HND mechanical pathway with a defined progression plan based on performance whilst fulfilling the role of Mechanical systems design engineer 4 days a week or to not undertake any further education, fulfil the role of Mechanical systems design engineer 5 days a week.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Communication skills, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English and Science (Grade 5-9) Essential
AS Level or equivalent N/A (Grade C+) Desired

Things to consider

This role will be mainly computer based focussing on CAD activity, but as these projects progresses into advanced stages the activity will transition. The prototyping and testing stages will be very hands-on, with the candidate required to assist with physical build, assembly and testing of the final product.

About the employer

Heraeus Noblelight Ltd. (originally named Noblelight) was started in 1978 with just three employees. An opportunity was seized to focus and develop lamps in the ever-expanding laser market at the time. Our focus on innovation, investment, and serving customers laid the foundation for growth and is at the heart of everything that we do. As the laser market was rapidly expanding from research to industrial applications, so did our products. We developed the first ‘long life’ continuous laser lamp (CW), named the Supa Lamp, and significantly increased the operating life of flash lamp technologies to meet a wide range of industrial customer applications requiring robust lamp-pumped lasers used for cutting, marking and engraving. In 1987, the company became part of Heraeus providing stronger financial backing and access to advanced lamp manufacturing technology including quartz glass expertise. Our rapid expansion and significant export growth garnered two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Export, in 1990 and 1995, and a further third for Enterprise in 2015. Understanding customer needs in new applications led to the development of flash lamps for non-laser applications such as solar simulation and cosmetic IPL. In our most recent decade, we have significantly invested and engineered our own automated flash lamp manufacturing process. Heraeus Noblelight is a global leader in the design and manufacture Xenon, Krypton Arc and Flash Lamps and in recent years developed our breakthrough technology - humm3®. It is an exciting time to join us here at Heraeus, as we are currently undergoing rapid expansion plans following the shift from component supplier to solutions provider. We have approximately 110 staff based over two sites on the Science Park in Cambridge.




Heraeus Noblelight Ltd, 161-163 Science Park, Milton Road



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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 21 Oct 2022