Product Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship EQUI-TREK LIMITED

We are looking for someone to join our experienced Engineering Team to work on products from initial design through to prototyping and production. You will receive a fully funded qualification as well as support, advice and knowledge from a very experienced team. Almost all of our current Engineers joined us through similar schemes.

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Closing date: 29 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice wage to start, increasing with experience

    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 to Friday, 08:30 to 17:00.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Research and develop ideas for existing and new products, technologies, components, processes and the systems used to make them
  • Work to improve the performance and efficiency of existing products
  • Provide support to the new business and vehicle-launch team and work to ensure that all aspects of CAD design are created to fully meet the high specifications set
  • They will be designing systems, processes, methodologies as well as component and vehicle designs to enhance the overall vehicle performance for the customer and environment
  • Transforming concepts into prototypes for testing, validating and improvement; ultimately for volume production
  • Designing to meet costs, timing and quality requirements
  • Ensuring the success of the design from inception through to delivery into manufacture, using innovative engineering skills to ensure seamless integration
  • Research concept ideas to ascertain whether new developments and innovations would work and be cost effective
  • Analyse the Engineering and Project input in order to interrogate it, reach an agreement and integrate it formally in a Design solution
  • Produce design ideas, based on research, into technical plans for prototypes using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software
  • Analyse the design proposals and the technical information in order to identify the issues arising during product development, defining and implementing adequate solutions in order to reach a feasible proposal with a high form and aesthetic quality
  • Attend design reviews to present design ideas and to discuss and critique alternative design solutions
  • Carry out simulations of products for new and prototype projects using in house software for the customer and provide support and feedback on design
  • Analyse and manage multiple design related issues to identify root cause
  • Modify designs based on the analysis to re-test and analyse until design meets specification requirements
  • Make and track design changes on existing products 
  • Control of Bill of Materials (BoM), CAD Models and Engineering Drawings
  • Keep up with current and developing engineering trends
  • Undertake special projects as required
  • Contribute to continuous improvement activities
  • Quality control of work by appropriate reviews
  • Achieve goals within commercial budget
  • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends

The training you will be getting

  • You will attend Sheffield Hallam University on day release
  • The degree award is BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • We regularly offer our apprentices a full-time contract at the end of their training

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Engineering (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Essential

Things to consider

You will be required to complete extra–curricular activity outside of your normal work and education to enable completion of your development plan, examples include attending residential training and development weeks.

About the employer

Equi-Trek are the largest producer of horseboxes and trailers in the UK and the only British company to manufacture a complete range of horse transport from lightweight, towable trailers up to 26 tonne motorised horseboxes for over 10 horses. Equi-Trek is a family run company who have an in depth understanding of the requirements of both horse and rider, having successfully competed in equestrian sport at International level for many years. Together with their team of qualified engineers and designers, they ensure that the utmost priority is given to the well-being, safety and comfort of the travelling horse. The success and ingenuity of Equi-Trek began in the 1990’s with the remodelling of the classical ‘rear loading’ horse trailer, with their unique and patented side-ramp design whilst also offering excellent day/living facilities for the owner. This configuration offers safer, easier and less stressful loading for the horse whilst also giving them more comfortable, rear-facing travel – the scientifically proven preferential direction of travel for horses. Equi-Trek offer a range of trailer sizes and configurations to suit individual requirements: from the lightweight and functional Trail-Treka trailer at only 890kg, up to the luxurious Star-Treka trailer with comprehensive overnight living accommodation. Equi-Trek horseboxes are unique in only ever using brand new vehicle chassis which therefore not only come with generous and comprehensive manufacturer’s warranties and the most energy efficient and economical engines available. They are also proven to be of far safer and stronger construction than a second-hand cut-down old van, and are far more reliable and dependable compared to a second hand truck with high mileage.







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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


Apprenticeship standard

Product design and development engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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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