Product Design and Development Engineer Apprentice PANDROL UK LIMITED

Pandrol UK Limited are looking for an Materials Laboratory Technician Apprentice to complete a Degree Level 6 apprenticeship to join their team. The successful candidate will support the Materials Laboratory in all aspects of providing a technical service to the Pandrol Group of companies. Duties Include: Collation of test data for inclusion in further analysis or test reports.

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Closing date: 03 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday – Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    24 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Assessing behaviour of metals and other materials used in products and tools supplied by the company and with reference to the 'Assessment Methods Mapping', detailed within the Level 6 Manufacturing Engineer Standard.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Follow guidance on the correct way to examine Pandrol raw materials and components by non-destructive and destructive test methods
  • Preparation of test samples for analysis 
  • Close assessment and inspection (macroscopic and microscopic) of Pandrol rail fastening components before and after testing and noting key aspects into the written test records
  • Collation of test data for inclusion in further analysis or test reports
  • Provide assistance to Pandrol Group companies for routine quality assurance activities conducted by the Technical Department

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

Product Design & Development Engineers work on all stages of product creation, product modification and product componentry. They support activities ranging on early concept feasibility, Computer Aided Design and other modelling, activities and stages through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working in concept studios, rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically they work closely with suppliers and managers in bring new concepts to life or contributing to redesigns of existing products.

You will study on a Degree Level 6 Product Design & Development Engineer standard on a Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Technology pathway.  On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Degree Level 6 standard.

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world. These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Multitask, Self motivated, Task orientated


BTEC or equivalent Engineering BTEC Level 3 or equivalent (Grade Distinction Merit / 120 Credit) Essential

About the employer

Pandrol UK Limited defines the industry standard across rail fastening systems and aluminothermic welding. We operate in over 100 countries worldwide, with 1700 employees based across 40 locations. Our products and services extend to designing equipment to make constructing and maintaining railways more efficient. Our sustainable resilient systems are designed to extend the life of track and our electrification solutions support urban transport across the globe. We take pride in our history, expertise and commitment to quality, and work collaboratively with our customers to create a safer and more sustainable future for rail infrastructure.




Gateford Road



S81 7AX

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Training provider



Recruitment Team

Apprenticeship standard

Product design and development engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please follow the link to apply on the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre website and complete an application form. Once this has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive an email response with the next steps of the application process. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close company vacancies, should they get filled, ahead of the published closing date.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Jul 2023