Apprentice Engineering Technician Becton, Dickinson U.K. Limited

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become an Apprentice Production Technician working for Becton Dickinson Plymouth. BD are searching for four enthusiastic candidates to join the team and kickstart their career!

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary will be £16,000 for the first six months, increasing to £21,000 on 1st January 2025.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, exact shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Mechatronics Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. The work will cover a broad range of activities including installation, testing, fault finding and the ongoing planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.

Whilst at BD you will be trained to:

  • Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to maintain components, equipment and systems
  • Carry out condition monitoring of plant and equipment
  • Carry out planned maintenance activities on plant and equipment
  • Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities on high technology engineered systems such as: mechanical equipment, fluid and pneumatic power equipment, electrical and electronic equipment and process control equipment
  • Carrying out confirmation testing and subsequent smooth hand over of equipment and plant 
  • Support the installation, testing and commissioning of equipment (where applicable)
  • Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

The training you will be getting

Apprentices spend a total of four years at college, two for the Foundation Phase and two for the Development Phase, based on college attendance of one day per week. The remaining time will be in the workplace learning new Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.

Apprentices complete the off-the-job training based on college attendance and recording where they have demonstrated learning new Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours within the workplace.

Our training provider is Cornwall College. The college training takes place at their premises in Plymouth, The Plymouth Engineering Skills Centre, Unit 24/25, Sisna Park, Estover, Plymouth PL6 7AE.

Apprenticeship qualifications achieved:

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)

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) - Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On successful completion of the 4 year apprenticeship programme it is anticipated that the candidates will be offered a full-time permanent production or moulding technician role.

The technician works as part of the manufacturing team on the shop floor. They are responsible for all technical and processing activities associated with the manufacture of medical devices and will also have operational responsibilities. This will mean that after the 4 year apprenticeship the candidate will be expected to work 12 hour continuous shifts. Either:

  • Continuous days 11am until 11pm, 3 days on, 3 days off - basic salary plus 32% shift premium
  • Continuous nights 11pm until 11am, 3 nights on, 3 nights off - basic salary plus 48% shift premium

These patterns do not rotate between days and nights, the candidate will work one or the other.

Many of our apprentices go on to become Engineering Shift Leaders and then progress to the job role of an Engineer working Monday to Friday.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Diligent, Dependable, Punctual, Self-disciplined, Enthusiastic, Honest, Positive outlook on life, Good practical skills, Ask questions, be inquisitive, Self-driven and motivated, Interpersonal skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

You must ensure that you have suitable travel arrangements to get to and from work and college. Shortlisted applicants will initially be invited to undertake an online assessment. If successful at this stage, applicants will then be invited to attend an in-person assessment at Cornwall College Engineering Skills Centre, Sisna Park on 16th April 2024. This will be followed by an employer tour and then interview at BD Plymouth on 20th and 23rd April 2024. Candidates must ensure they are available for in-person assessment and BD interviews.

About the employer

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 77,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care. For more information on BD, please visit or connect with us on LinkedIn at and Twitter @BDandCo.


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience



01209 708002

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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