Apprentice Digital Design Technician STRUCTURAL METAL DECKS LIMITED

This role focusses on the use of computer-aided design software to generate fully working steel decking installation drawings used in the construction industry. This is an opportunity to join SMD Stockyards Ltd. You will be part of the design and estimating team, responsible for producing CAD drawings in 2D.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    11 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This is an opportunity to join SMD Stockyards Ltd. You will be part of the design and estimating team, responsible for producing CAD drawings in 2D. For the right person, there is the opportunity to develop skills in design and drawing techniques within a fast-paced, busy workplace. On completion of your apprenticeship, you will be able to produce drawings and designs to industry standards and regulations.

As an Apprentice, you will undertake a programme of learning.  This is not only where you learn how to use the CAD software for this role, but also the underpinning knowledge that will enable you to undertake the role required of you by your employer.

Day-to-day tasks would include:

  • Using CAD software to design detailed steel floor decking drawings
  • Communicating these drawings with colleagues, customers, and clients
  • Take-offs from drawings received to allow the preparation of estimates
  • Attending site meetings via teams, as and when required
  • Building knowledge and understanding of the product
  • Learning how to use software and applying this to the product manufactured

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

The qualification you will get is:

  • Engineering Design & Draughtsperson Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required 

You will learn how to:

  • The apprentice will be trained in aspects of disciplines such as principles of design, identifying and analyse design options and selecting the appropriate design, types of drawings and specifications, characteristics of materials, producing drawings using appropriate computer-aided design packages such as AutoCAD, Revit and/or Tekla and abbreviations and symbols used in design and draughting.

How it will be delivered:

  • 2 ½ Year Apprenticeship Programme
  • Design and Draught Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours – delivered in the workplace
  • Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment – Day Release or Remote Delivery (Optional Qualification)
  • Specialist Training Programme Blocks of your choice
  • End Point Assessment – Knowledge Test, Practical Test and Presentation/Interview

Apprentices must show commitment to the following:

  • To achieve apprenticeship standard within the specified time frame
  • Attend the apprenticeship induction programme
  • Attend all of the training sessions for the programme whenever necessary
  • Undertake any other required development work as part of the apprenticeship programme as requested
  • Any other duties as deemed appropriate by senior staff.

Please provide a mobile telephone number on your application. If successful, an invitation via text message will be sent to you, to attend an approval session for the apprenticeship programme.

It is essential you attend this interview to process your application in full.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will have the chance to work as a qualified digital engineering technician, which in turn can lead on to design office manager or other senior level roles within the organisation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A* - C or 4 - 9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A* - C or 4 - 9) Essential

About the employer

A proud member of the SMD Construction Group, SMD Stockyards has been designing, fabricating, and supplying high-quality products to the construction industry since 2013. In that time, we’ve become the leading choice for those seeking assistance with larger projects, as well as off-the-shelf products for smaller projects with shorter lead times.




The Outlook

Ling Road Tower Park


BH12 4PY

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering design and draughtsperson

Level 3 (A level)

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