Degree Apprentice Product Systems Design Engineer CUMMINS POWER GENERATION LIMITED

The Degree Apprentice Product Systems Design Engineer shall work as an integral member of the Global Value Package Introduction (VPI) genset team based at the Cummins facility in Sandwich, Kent as a member of the team to Design, Analyse, Engineer, Develop Test Plans, Validate Test Data, Release Parts & Drawings for Diesel & Gas Generator projects.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday; shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The role over the four-year term is comprised of secondments across the major engineering functions of the business associated with Product Systems Design Engineering, alongside time in these roles, academic study towards an Engineering Degree BEng (Hons) at MidKent College (Maidstone) and Canterbury Christ Church University shall be completed.

During the secondments increasing levels of responsibility shall be given in line with academic and internal training. The aim is to build deep and wide capability in the technical and commercial aspect of Product System Design Engineering.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Follow the Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Program, including attendance at MidKent College and CCCU for Academic study
  • Through a series of structured secondments develop an appreciation leading to an eventual specialism after the term of the Degree Apprenticeship in the Power Systems Engineering Function
  • Join engineering teams in seconded function to take responsibility for aspects of the work including. Analysis, Upstream Influencing, Current Product Support (CPS), Engineering Data Management (EDM), Design (CAD), Controls, 6 Sigma
  • Support the wider PowerGen business in activities related to the Diesel and Gas business in related functions including, Current Product Support, HSEQ, Quality, Manufacturing, Product Management
  • Working with your Line Manager and Mentor, develop specialism during the four-year degree apprenticeship in one of the functions seconded.  For example, this can be any one of, (but not limited to) VPI, CPS, EDM, Design (CAD)
  • Continue professional development through reviews with your coach and mentor support network

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

Level 6 Manufacturing Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:

  • BEng (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Development of knowledge, skills & behaviours required to complete the Manufacturing Engineer apprenticeship standard

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Opportunities to apply for a full-time position after successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including Maths and English and a science (Grade A*-C / 9-4) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths - Physics - Engineering (Grade 88 UCAS) Desired
BTEC or equivalent Level 3 Engineering BTEC (Grade 90 Credits) Desired
Other Level 3 Engineering Standard Apprenticeship (Grade Completion) Desired

Things to consider

The 4 year degree programme is delivered collaboratory between both Mid-Kent College and Canterbury Christchurch University. We aim to deliver the programme within 48 months (4 years) With delivery being shared, the first 18 months of the degree are studied at Mid-Kent College, Maidstone Campus. The second 18 months of the degree are studied at Canterbury Christchurch University from their Canterbury Campus. Generally, office based with travel opportunities, including site visits and visits to other Cummins operational sites in the UK.

About the employer

We are Cummins. We create the power solutions people depend on. It’s what we’ve done for more than 100 years. That history makes us proud, but the future pulls us forward. Everything we do is for a world that's always on. Our customers and our communities are our purpose. Whether they plough fields, mine the earth or run data centres because our customers' world is ever-changing. As a partner, we must be agile in order to keep up and deliver the power and technology they demand.




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Training provider



Apprenticeship Recruitment

01622 625999

Apprenticeship standard

Manufacturing engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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