Engineering Technical Support Technician Apprentice Precision Aerospace Component Engineering Ltd

The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide specialist technical support in order that PACE can develop, produce or test new/existing products, processes, or procedures to meet a customer specification in terms of quality, cost and delivery, as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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Closing date: 30 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage will be above national minimum wage for apprentices (to be discussed at interview)

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 7.30am – 4.00pm and Friday, 7.30am – 1.30pm with a 20 minute break

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The apprentice will gather information and data from a range of sources and analyse the information/data. The apprentice will be able to problem solve in accordance with AS13000 and produce and/or update technical documentation, reports or specifications covering areas such as quality, production or other technical documentation that informs others, either internally or externally what needs to be done such as how a product must be manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported.

In their daily work, there will be interaction with their line manager to confirm departmental programmes of work and to agree individual responsibilities. This in turn will align to an overarching company resource and delivery plan.

The role will entail working with engineering and/or manufacturing teams at an operational level such as with Manufacturing Engineers and/or management level you will also be liaising with internal colleagues. You will also be responsible for working directly with customers and/or suppliers or with representatives from appropriate regulatory bodies.

Typically, this would involve interaction with auditors to demonstrate compliance to specific organisational or regulatory requirements (such as Civil Aviation Authority) Certification Bodies such as BSI for compliance to the companies Quality Management systems.

The role will have responsibility in conjunction with Production and Quality Managers for the quality, safety and delivery of the manufactured product or service, ensuring it is delivered to the customer on time at the agreed cost. They will typically report to an engineering or manufacturing manager as part of a cross functional team, the size of this team and responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the employer. Although working within defined quality processes and procedures. The use of a range of tools and techniques to support decision making and solve problems that are often complex and non-routine. Also have a responsibility to identify and contribute to making improvements such as business processes, procedures, and methods of working.

In compliance with Health & Safety responsibilities you will need to:

  • Comply with business procedures and policies
  • Dispose of waste materials in a safe, hygienic & environmentally conscious manner
  • Always wear the correct PPE including safety glasses, safety shoes/boots and appropriate gloves & face mask when handling such items as sharp materials, swarf, chemicals or oils
  • Ensure machines and surrounding areas are free from hazards such as swarf, oils, coolant, obstructions etc during and after maintenance activities

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

  • The Apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Qualifications include: Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
    Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence), and Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • College attendance will be at the Colchester Institute - Colchester Campus two days per week during term time

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The role could eventually become a management role and be responsible for a department

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Desire to succeed, 'Can do' attitude, Lateral thinking skills, Willingness to learn


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including maths and English (Grade 9-4/A*-C) Essential

Things to consider

The role will be working on site. Some work undertaken will be outside but mainly in the Quality Assurance Area, or in the Factory Units 1 & 2.

About the employer

PACE is a privately-owned UK company and for more than 30 years has been engaged in the manufacture for components for the aerospace and defence industries. We specialise in the production of simple and medium complexity machined parts to AS9100revD industry quality standards. Our components can be found in actuators, filter systems, motors, generators and engines flying on many of the world’s most advanced commercial airliners and fixed and rotary wing military aircraft. Our range of CNC machines enables us to handle most manufacturing processes, from simple 5-axis milling, in all grade metals. We turn and mill precision components from a comprehensive range of aerospace materials to diameters of between 1mm and 250mm, within most exacting tolerances. We expanded the manufacturing output by opening an additional 3,500 sq.ft manufacturing unit. This added 35% to our manufacturing floor space and is geared to the manufacture of high-volume aviation parts.


Precision Aerospace Component Engineering Ltd





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Training provider



Colchester Institute - Apprenticeship Team

01206 712043

Apprenticeship standard

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: 30 Jun 2023