Groundline are seeking a keen, enthusiastic, self-motivated ‘Apprentice CAD Technician’ to join it's global, industry leading team of CAD technicians and Design Engineers.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 8am– 4.30 pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The role requires you to learn and support in the delivery of overhead transmission line (OHL) CAD outputs, including the production of 2D & 3D CAD models & drawings, schedules and lists for the purposes of providing safe, clear and technically compliant visual instructions to site operatives and procurement for purchasing and installation of equipment and materials.

As part of this role you will undertake the following activities:

·        To support in the production of CAD outputs in line with statutory and industry specific standards and best practice guidance documentation.

·        Support the development of overhead line CAD drawings and construction solutions in line with CDM regulations.

·        Deliver detailed and accurate technical drawings to industry standards for the benefit of the customer

·        Use industry standard software, including 2D and 3D techniques based upon the output required.

·        Utilise technical notes, considering CDM and a customer’s technical knowledge and understanding.

·        Promote the sharing and development of knowledge for all team members

Some key responsibilities to deliver the above activities will be:

·        Produce 3D CAD models and associated 2D drawing outputs for (but not limited to):

o   Wire Clearance Diagrams

o   Set Drawings

o   OPGW fibre path arrangements

o   Reinforced Concrete Foundation General Arrangements

o   Bar Bending Schedules

o   Route/Access Maps & Layout Plans

o   Stage-by-Stage Diagrams & Route Schematics

o   Material Ordering Schedules and Material & Bolt lists

·        Populate & maintain CAD team document libraries.

·        Demonstrate excellent ‘attention to detail’ in all drawing outputs produced.

·        Follow CAD team document production workflow, ensuring agreed best practice and document revision control is followed.

o   Attend, engage and contribute to CAD team discussions and workshops to ensure continuous improvement of self and team processesTower Line Diagrams for Condition Assessments

o   Lattice Tower Steelwork Detailing (GA/ED)

o   Steel Fabrication Details (PSD)

The training you will be getting


Training will be delivered one day per week, term time, and is based at The Highfield site and facilities are in creation to enrich the student experience, developing them with the necessary skills using industry recognised equipment to ensure the apprentice receives training closely matched to the employer’s and industry.

Engineering design and draughtsperson
Level 3 (A level)



What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

What you’ll have achieved on successful completion of apprenticeship:

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·       Formal Engineering Qualification (HNC/HND).

·       Competent 2D & 3D AutoCAD user.

·       Working knowledge and understanding of general technical drawing best practice - Drawing layout, dimensioning, linestyle conventions, views & projections, etc.

·       Good appreciation of all OHL drawing types (As listed above).

·       Good understanding of OHL steel lattice tower types and their make-up.

·       Basic understanding of design outputs necessary for the production of associated drawings & schedules.

·       Appreciation of site activities related to drawing outputs produced – To be achieved via on-the-job learning and site visits.

·       Good appreciation of Microsoft office applications – Word, Excel, Outlook.

·       Ability to self-appraise own drawing work and offer suggestions for improvements.

·       Ability to liaise effectively with own team members and wider business to achieve required drawing outputs to a high standard.

·       Ability to work on own (following instruction) and as part of a team.


Starting salary –

Year 1 - £13,500pa

Year 2 - £15,500pa

Year 3 - £17,500pa

Year 4 - £20,500pa

On successful completion of apprenticeship - £25,000p

Potential opportunity for a permanent role within the company following successful completion of the apprenticeship.


Other Benefits:


·       22 days holiday (raising to 25 after 3 years continuous service)

·       Birthday day off

·       Team socials

·       Pension (Nest, government protected)


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Passion Engineering


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 9-5) Essential

Things to consider

Excellent communication skills (written and oral), Strong IT skills, Effective time management (Planning & Organising), Problem solving & analytical skills, Willingness to learn new skills and adapt to change,

About the employer

Groundline Engineering have a rock-solid reputation for being great to work with – we build long-term relationships with, and make things as easy as possible for, our customers. We take a practical approach to what we do; looking beyond spreadsheets, software and calculations. We’re not only great at what we do; we’re also dedicated to improving our industry and society as a whole. Groundline is a global leader in providing overhead solutions and systems suitable for high wildfire start risk environments. We invest significantly in ongoing research and development, and our customers benefit from this via our clever innovations in GPS, cloud software, ICT and seismic technologies.







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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 design and draughtsperson

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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