Apprentice Software and Controls Engineer EDALE LTD

We are recruiting a Software and Controls Engineer, to work in the design and development of electrical control solutions for industrial equipment, and in the electrical systems and development of special purpose machinery. Of importance are machine commissioning, development of servo drive systems and software, PLC and HMI software programming. .

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This should be the minimum wage, but more dependent on experience.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, generally 8.30am-5pm

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    28 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To support the existing controls team in the development of Edale’s range of flexographic and digital printing presses and converting solutions.
  • To help develop & test protocols for new machine builds.
  • To help carry out commissioning & testing of new machine builds.
  • To create associated documentation for new and old machine projects.
  • To help carry out modifications and improvements to existing control system designs when required.
  • To be active in the commissioning, factory acceptance, site acceptance and final handover of machines to the end user.
  • To develop, write, and implement servo control, PLC, and HMI software programs based on the agreed project specifications.
  • To provide electrical engineering support and technical “know-how” to the Service Department.
  • To assist the Electrical/Controls System Design Manager in the research and development of new products in accordance with the company’s strategy.
  • To quickly familiarise yourself with the printing and rotary converting processes so that technical support can be offered to our sales process.
  • Taking part in the R & D of future products as well as providing essential technical support to customer services.



The preferred candidate will have some prior experience in the design and development of mechanical and electrical systems for special purpose capital equipment that makes use of servo drive, PLC and HMI control systems but not accentual .

It will be of the greatest importance that the successful candidate, if not already having industry/technology background, makes themselves familiar with the company’s products at the earliest opportunity.



As part of the team the Software & Controls Engineer Apprentice will be expected to accurately monitor and provide progress reports on all projects in respect of schedule and budget.

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

The apprentice will be studying the Engineering Technician Level 3 apprenticeship.  This will involve coming to South Downs Campus one day per week for learning in the Engineering training facility over a course of 42 months.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After successful completion of the apprenticeship, there may be opportunity for progression within the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Team working, Initiative


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

About the employer

We are British Engineers and Manufacturers of world class tailormade flexographic printing and converting solutions for the packaging industry. Focused primarily on the needs of the printing and packaging market, we apply our design and engineering expertise to provide equipment that helps with the delivery of quality products.







PO15 7FY

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Training provider



Liz Langley


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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