Simmatic Automation Ltd are specialists in vacuum and pneumatics. Our products are at the cutting edge of vacuum technology and offer the design engineer a rapidly increasing range of industry leading products. We are looking for an apprentice with an interest in Mechanical Engineering.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    21 days plus Bank Holidays £7.00 per hour for age 16 – 18 , £9.00 per hour for age 19+ with yearly performance reviews.

  • Working week

    Monday-Thursday 9:00am–5:00pm. Friday 9:00am–4:00pm. Half an hour unpaid lunch break each day.

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    45 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Apprentice Automation Engineer Simmatic would expect:

  • An interest in Mechanical Engineering
  • A confidence and willingness to learn
  • To understand our products & part numbers
  • Learn how the products function and how they work with different materials
  • Understand and follow technical drawings and schematics
  • To complete working sequences that start as an idea
  • Attend site visits with senior engineers and understand customer requirements
  • To gain a knowledge of other manufacturing environment
  • Confidence in front of customers

A mechanical mind helps understand a concept, to complete initial trials for customers with products - then assist in the manufacture and follow the task through to see completed projects integrated into production processes.

What work exposure will the Apprentice get:

  • Pneumatics
    The apprentice will be trained in all aspects of pneumatics, understanding forms of actuation, types of control valves, sensors, compressors, air treatment, tube and fittings, timer and logic devices.
  • Schematics
    Our apprentice will become familiar with schematic drawings in predominantly pneumatics, but exposure to electrical and hydraulic schematics will be secondary. Learning to understand symbols and construct schematics from concept, generate a sequence diagram and construct circuits using Festo Fluidraw
  • Vacuum
    As the UK main partner for Korean manufacturer VMECA, the apprentice will need to understand the function of all products in the product portfolio. These would include multistage air operated vacuum pumps, vacuum cups, filters, control gear, vacuum conveyors, grippers and their corresponding suitability for different areas of use.
  • Assisted Lifting Devices
    Simmatic have recently added a new range of assisted lifting devices from Swedish Manufacturer Movomech. A general understanding of the product and its application will be part of the company’s future plans. It will give the individual an understanding of devices that can take the hard work out of handling a range of packaged and manufactured parts requiring assistance from one place to another. 
    - Customer / Supplier Visits
    It may be required to send the apprentice, accompanied by a suitably trained member of staff to on-site work around the country. This maybe a customer site where we may be required to install a gripper assembly EOAT (End of Arm Tool) or just to gather information regarding a new project.
    - 3D SolidWorks CAD / 3D Printer
    Future development may require the apprentice to construct 3D SolidWorks models of brackets and assemblies for in house proof of concept assemblies in proposal stages for customers.
  • Assembly of End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) 
    A key area of our business is to provide a design and manufacture service. This can be a complete end of arm gripper designed to handle specific products. As and when this is required, we would involve the apprentice to assist in areas of the build, furthering their knowledge of EOAT and connectivity.
  • Proof of Concept Videos – Marketing
    To support our sales and marketing team, a requirement of many customers is that we generate or supply a video that supports our claims – that our product(s) will meet their requirements. We often challenge customers to send difficult products to us to prove an idea. To support this, we build test equipment and generate a video that allows the customer to see their product being lifted and transferred using our equipment. Our apprentice will also assist in generating ‘proof of concept’ information with other members of the Simmatic Team.


The training you will be getting

Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard (Technical Support Technician Pathway).

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) – Technical Support.

Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

Full job training will be provided in the workplace.

For college course - Apprentice will be required to attend Dudley College, Advance Campus, DY1 4AD on Day Release 2 days per week in the first year, 1 day per week thereafter, to work towards the Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Possibility of a permanent position for the right candidate if an opportunity allows.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


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

Things to consider

Paid day release to college, sufficient time will be provided during working hours to ensure the apprentice can complete coursework. In house training will be provided and also external training relevant to our industry, such as pneumatic courses with Festo, an industry leader in pneumatics. The apprentice will need a reliable way to get to Simmatic Automation Ltd in Stourport-on-Severn. If they do not have a vehicle, Hartlebury train station is approximately 2½ miles from the office. For the most part, the apprentice will work in the office at Simmatic HQ. On occasions they will be asked to go on a site visit to a customer. Initially, the site visit will be with another Simmatic employee - as confidence and capabilities grow, they will have the opportunity to visit customers on their own. It could be an application visit to learn more about what our customers’ needs are, or to actually work on machinery, piping in control panels etc. Here at Simmatic our customer base is very diverse, our apprentice will also have opportunities to work closely with an array of companies in industries such as general automation, special purpose machine builders, process & packing, injection mouldings, pattern making, food, automotive, aerospace, agricultural, pharmaceuticals, renewable energies etc.

About the employer

Simmatic Automation Ltd are specialists in vacuum and pneumatics. Supplying handling products to numerous industries including food and drink, manufacturing and automotive and we offer extensive expertise in industrial handling solutions, including the latest in technological developments. Our products are at the cutting edge of vacuum technology and offer the design engineer a rapidly increasing range of industry leading products that solve some of those more awkward handling applications. How those products can be put together to make those advances is the job of the team at Simmatic. We will take a challenge, assemble a prototype, video the results and pass onto the customer. This gives the customer an already proven record for any future projects they are looking to automate. Our innovation is achieved through representing our forward-thinking international partner companies: - VMECA in South Korea - Aircomp / Stampotecnica in Italy - Movomech in Sweden - Airwork in Italy







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Simmatic Automation

01299 877770

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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


Claire Harper

01384 363107

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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