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Digital Engineering Apprentice STRUCTURAL METAL DECKS LIMITED

SMD Stockyards has been designing, fabricating, and supplying high-quality products to the construction industry since 2013. We are offering the opportunity to join our team as a Digital Engineering Apprentice. This role focuses on the use of computer aided design software to generate fully working steel decking installation drawings. You will be using CAD software to design detailed steel floor decking drawings.

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Closing date: 16 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    9:00 am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am to 4pm on Fridays.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Day to day tasks would include:

  • Using CAD software to design detailed steel floor decking drawings
  • Communicating these drawings with colleagues, customers, and clients
  • Take-offs from drawings received to allow the preparation of estimates
  • Attending site meetings via Teams, as and when required
  • Building knowledge and understanding of the product
  • Learning how to use the software and applying this to the product manufactured

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

Digital Engineering Technician Level 3.

This is an opportunity to join SMD Stockyards Ltd. You will be part of the design and estimating team, responsible for producing CAD drawings in 2D. For the right person, there is the opportunity to develop skills in design and drawing techniques within a fast-paced, busy workplace. On completion of your apprenticeship, you will be able to produce drawings and designs to industry standards and regulations.

As an Apprentice, you will undertake a programme of learning.

This is not only where you learn how to use the CAD software for this role, but also the underpinning knowledge that will enable you to undertake the role required of you by your employer.

You initially undertake a nine-week block of intensive, vocational training that is required as part of your role.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will have the chance to work as a qualified digital engineering technician, which in turn can lead on to design office manager or other senior level roles within the organisation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Interest in Design Engineering


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4 or above) Desired

Things to consider

The role of a digital engineering apprentice could be the first step into a varied and exciting career! You will need to have an interest in engineering and design, alongside the ability to manage your time well and work to strict deadlines. The role is mainly office-based, but there will also be opportunities to visit different sites, where you will be able to see what you have designed come to life. You will need to be aware of, and work to different industry standards. A mentor will work alongside you to support your development during the apprenticeship but you will also need to take responsibility for managing your own workload and show initiative.

About the employer

A proud member of the SMD Construction Group, SMD Stockyards has been designing, fabricating, and supplying high-quality products to the construction industry since 2013. In that time, we’ve become the leading choice for those seeking assistance with larger projects, as well as off-the-shelf products for smaller projects with shorter lead times.




The Outlook

Ling Road Tower Park


BH12 4PY

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Digital engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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