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As a mechanical maintenance apprentice, you would install service and repair engineering machinery and equipment. You could work on mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems. If you enjoy practical work, are good at solving problems and interested in engineering as a career, this could be an ideal job for you. Duties include: Manufacturing Float glass and coating glass to increase energy efficiency.

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

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Closing date: 29 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday for the first year at HETA, 8am till 4pm. In years 2, 3 and 4 the successful student will work on Saint Gobain's shift pattern.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a mechanical maintenance apprentice, you would service and repair machinery and equipment in a glass manufacturing and conversion facility

·         Manufacturing Float glass

·         Coating glass to increase energy efficiency

·         Laminating glass for security and noise reduction purposes

·         Utilities and building services

You could work on mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatics to guard against production delays or shut-down of systems.

Your job would fall into one of two areas – preventative (planned) maintenance, and emergency maintenance.

In preventative maintenance, your duties would include:

·         Routine maintenance to prevent breakdowns

·         Finding and fixing faults, carrying out repairs using a variety of mechanical principles,

o    Fitting and assembly skills including the use of power and hand tools

o    Welding, fabrication  and brazing processes

·         Carrying out scheduled overhaul and replacing parts that have reached the end of their working life.

·         Carrying out condition monitoring on equipment


Emergency maintenance tasks would include:

·         Responding immediately to machinery breakdowns

·         Fixing faults on site or working with external partners

·         Producing replacement components for emergency breakdowns

You would use manufacturer's technical manuals and diagrams to help locate faults, and carry out the work with a range of instruments and tools. You would usually work as part of a small team with guidance from a Shift Engineer.

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

Students will be working on a 4 year apprenticeship, year 1 will be spent at the HETA training centre where they will complete the following training:

Mechanical workshop training including Maintenance, bench fitting, and basic machining.
A BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Engineering delivered one day a week
1 day a week, completing a Level 3 technical qualification equivalent to A-Level standard. This includes theory lessons in Health & Safety, Engineering maths and Science
You will be working with our instructors to develop the knowledge skills and behaviours required of your apprenticeship standard

Years 2, 3 and 4 will be spent on site at Saint Gobain where they will work alongside the Maintenance team and gain hands on experience and training to further their knowledge as well as working towards their Maintenance and operations engineering technician qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship candidates can be offered a full time contract of Employment in their chosen specialism.

Saint Gobain Glass believe in developing people and there will therefore be options to progress within the company with opportunities for Higher Education or through multi-skilling.

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, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 5 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 5 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Applicants need to be able to travel to Eggborough in years 2,3 and 4.

About the employer

At Saint-Gobain we pride ourselves on being innovative, customer focused, agile, open and engaging and entrepreneurial. We are also proud to have been named a ‘Top Employer’ for 5 consecutive years. If you are a quick learner, you like working in a team, and you want to know what it’s like to work for a top employer that is working hard to make the world a better home; then please read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity to join us as a Process Operator – Transformation Lines. You’ll be working for Saint Gobain Glass UK in Eggborough. Saint Gobain Glass UK is one of more than 30 exciting Saint-Gobain brands in the UK and the only UK based Saint Gobain site to manufacture flat glass for the commercial and domestic market.




Weeland Road


DN14 0FD

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Training provider



Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations 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: 29 Aug 2023