We have an exciting opportunity for progression driven and motivated individuals to join a large world leading company and work towards Level 3 Engineering Fitter. At Caterpillar you will undertake a rotation through various departments. This will allow you to benefit from practical experience whilst gaining a broader perspective of the Business.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting salary £13,248.38 per annum, salary paid monthly. 25 Days Annual Leave, Flexible Working, Employee Discount/Benefits Scheme, Employee Assistance Scheme, 5% Annual Bonus, Pension Scheme, Share Scheme, Free Parking.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, times and shift pattern to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

You will join a highly skilled team and will also get to spend time in other areas of the business to fully understand our manufacturing operations and get to work and collaborate with people across the facility.

Our apprenticeship roles will be based in each of the following areas:

  • Engine Assembly: From the start of your apprenticeship, you will be developed towards engines assembly. You will learn the full dismantle and rebuild of an engine, from initial assessment of the product to final checking of fully assembled product to approved standard ready for Test. This will include disassembly and assembly of components, sub-assemblies and complete products, inspection of parts at vett and learning about electrical components. You will also gain experience in Fault Finding and Root Cause & Corrective Actions (RCCA)
  • Test & Finish: you will learn to rig, and test engines and transmissions across all of our product range
  • You will learn the computerised diagnostic equipment to monitor engines and transmissions on Test and help identify faults for rectification to ensure they meet quality and performance standards
  • You will also learn minor engine disassembly/reassembly, bore checks and full paint spray within the Engine Finish Department.
  • Machining: Using a variety of different tools, systems, and machines you will help create new components to drawings, and salvage used components back to new quality against the drawing specification
  • You will create and fulfil orders that support all of these areas across the business

Quality Inspection:

  • You will join a specialised team responsible for ensuring all supplied components into the facility are defect-free and cause no disruption to engine or transmissions assembly
  • You will investigate any issues that arise, utilising a variety of measurement devices, from hand gauging to complex measuring equipment such as CMM, and produce reports that will help our suppliers fix issues and improve quality

Product Design Engineering:

  • You will also start to learn the fundamentals of the engineering design process using our state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design tools
  • During your apprenticeship you will also have the opportunity to gain experience in other engineering and business functions, such as development engineering, applications engineering, project management, quality and manufacturing

The training you will be getting

  • Engineering Fitter Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Level 3
  • Functional Skills for English and maths as required
  • Working on rotation around the different areas you will cover all Knowledge Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) in line with the awarding bodies requirements of the Level 3 Engineering Fitter Standard

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • On successful completion of this apprenticeship there is prospect of you being offered a position within our world-class team with plenty of opportunity for long-term progression
  • Many of our former apprentices now occupy roles within our organisation as career development is the foundation to all our apprenticeship schemes
  • Depending on the needs of the business, you may also be offered the chance to complete additional qualifications, such as a degree in Engineering

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Accountability, Commitment, Innovation, Integrity


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including English, Maths & a Science (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Engineering (Grade 4 or above) Desired
BTEC or equivalent L2 Engineering Operations (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Applicants will be expected to apply to the Bournemouth & Poole College as part of the application process. Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applicants have been received.

About the employer

Caterpillar Marine Power UK Ltd is located on the outskirts of Wimborne on the Ferndown and Uddens Business Improvement District. Positioned centrally along the south coast, it is located close to national and international transport links. With approximately 115 members of staff, there is a long and distinguished history spanning over 50 years of manufacturing marine propulsion and auxiliary engines under the Cat® and Perkins Marine® brands. Genset packages ranging from 1.5 Litre to 7.1 Litre and 7.1 Litre propulsion engines are produced at the Wimborne site. The facility can boast a wealth of hugely experienced designers, engineers and technicians used to providing solutions for commercial, professional and military customers. From the design, testing and building, each engine is proven before leaving the premises to ensure the best performance for the end-user.




22 Cobham Rd

Ferndown Indl Estate


BH21 7PW

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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


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

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

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Mar 2024