Engineering Workshop Apprentice UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

The University of Sheffield, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering are looking for an Engineering Workshop Apprentice to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship to join their team. This job is part of a 36 month apprenticeship under which the apprentice will engage in on and off the job learning and development activities. Plan, design and manufacture components to high standards and engineering tolerances for both teaching and research projects.

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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

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    20 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    06 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

After the first year off the job training you will join the CBE engineering workshop team where you will be involved in all aspects of design and manufacture of bespoke research equipment, using modern manufacturing techniques. During this time you will be mentored by our highly skilled technical team who will train you in the use of both manual and CNC machines and Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing software.

Role & responsibilities:

  • Provide a high quality, comprehensive and effective technical service across the workshop/department
  • Liaise with customers regarding potential work and provide guidance
  • Report technical issues to the Engineering Team Leader as appropriate
  • Plan, design and manufacture components to high standards and engineering tolerances for both teaching and research projects
  • Inspect components produced
  • Adjust the machining equipment or programme and tooling to ensure components meet quality requirements
  • Keep stakeholders for example, customers, colleagues and line managers informed about machining work
  • Produce detailed designs and drawings for academics and students using CAD software packages
  • Manufacture components using both manual and CNC machine tools
  • Plan and prepare sequence for the machining activities
  • Ensure that the correct tooling, work holding, and materials are used - this applies to conventional complex or CNC complex machining tasks
  • Set up, operate, adjust or edit conventional or CNC machining equipment settings and programmes for the machine tool being used
  • Programme CNC machine tools using CAM software packages
  • Conduct safety checks and performance monitoring for machining, associated equipment and surrounding work area
  • Maintain and restore the machining work area, performing housekeeping and waste management as appropriate
  • Ensure tools, unused materials and equipment are returned to a safe, clean and approved condition on completion of machining work
  • Attend relevant training and complete assignments as part of the apprenticeship programme along with off the job training elements
  • Support the Engineering Team Leader in the daily running of the workshop facility to ensure a continued safe and efficient working environment
  • Maintain an awareness and commitment to the relevant health and safety rules and regulations
  • Provide a high standard of customer service to staff, students and visitors
  • Support continuous improvement activity to address business problems and refer customers to senior colleagues where appropriate

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

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

You will study on a Level 3 Engineering Technician standard on a Machinist - Advance Manufacturing Engineer pathway.  On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Advanced Level 3 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, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Enthusiastic, Self motivated, Task orientated, Interpersonal skills, Work independently


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential

About the employer

Chemical and Biological Engineering is a thriving department within the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering. We are ranked among the top five chemical engineering departments in the UK (ref 2014) ( The department has a vibrant research culture spanning particle science and technology, nanotechnology, environmental engineering, energy, energy storage, carbon capture and applications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology, environmental and bioprocessing applications. We address crucial issues like climate change, energy poverty, affordable medicine, sustainable agriculture and green manufacturing, with a dynamic learning environment and global industrial research collaborations, we prepare tomorrow’s engineers for today.




Robert Hadfield Building

Mappin Street


S1 3JD

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Training provider



Recruitment Team

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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