Product Design and Development Technician Apprentice CRONITE CASTINGS LIMITED

Do you want to be part of local history and an international business? Do you want to join a team who is the world’s leading designer and manufacture of heat treatment fixtures and furnace spare parts? During your apprenticeship you will work on all stages of product creation and modification including working on rapid prototype, 3D printing, assembly, testing and validating performance and working to given time scales.

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Closing date: 28 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Thursday (07:30 – 16:30) Friday (07:30 – 13:00)

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

We’re looking for a driven individual who wants to kick-start their career as a product design and development technician within engineering.

  • Contribute to the business by support activities from early concept to final prep for the customer
  • Working on rapid prototype, 3D printing, assembly, testing and validating performance
  • Ensure you adhere to health & safety policies and procedures
  • Working to given time scales
  • Work alongside skilled engineers who will bring new concepts to life and provide you with the knowledge needed to become fully trained
  • You will also be expected to respond quickly to changing demands throughout your working day

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

The apprenticeship training is delivered through a combination of workplace learning and regular college attendance. This training will teach you the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Product Design and Development Technician standard. On completion the apprentice will receive:

  • Level 3 Diploma in advanced Manufacturing Engineering qualification
  • Functional Skills in maths and English may also be required depending on current level 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Following the successful completion of this apprenticeship, Cronite guarantees you a future career. We have internal development opportunities either in the UK or one of our other manufacturing sites in Asia or Europe.

Cronite continuously develops New range of alloys and Products to meet new customer’s expectations in the changing environment.

To support these activities, we reinvest over 4% of our turnover in Research & Development.

Our sites make use of CAD/CAM software, interconnected throughout our plants, tensile-strength calculation modules and creep testing machines (with quenching), and implement custom-designed joint research and testing protocols in collaboration with our customers.

We combine the FEA methodology, used at Cronite for almost 20 years, with the most recent Topology optimization approach.

With our prototyping equipment, 3D validation of new designs becomes both rapid and simple.


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 C/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

You MUST be prepared to commit to your work and training for the duration of the apprenticeship. You will be required to have a telephone interview with Yeovil College prior to your application being passed on. If a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date, it may close earlier so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

About the employer

Cronite Castings in Crewkerne is a an environment where diversity, equity and inclusion are shared values. Cronite is a steel foundry specialist, melting and pouring a large range of different materials, using all kinds of processes such as green and resin sands, investment casting, and centrifugal. Cronite has a full digital chain program, which links all the digital step of a casting from the design to the finishing, including, casting simulation, designing and manufacturing of the pattern. Our international team of designers, metallurgists and engineers based around the world are permanently focused on optimizing our customer solutions. All our sites work in collaboration as part of a multidisciplinary process involving both our technical and marketing teams to ensure the same design features and levels of quality in Europe, America and Asia, and that our products meet all customer specifications.




Blacknell Lane



TA18 7YA

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Training provider



Nikita Thomas


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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