Technical Engineer Apprentice (Level 3 Engineering Technician - Technical Support Pathway) SPS Technologies Limited

Fantastic opportunity for a technically minded individual who'll have the chance to get involved to support the assigned manufacturing areas for engineering investigations, learn how to actively assess areas and improve to achieve a robust standardised process/capability through detailed procedures and training. Apply today for a Summer 2024 start!

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Fantastic salaries offered. Salary dependent on age, between £15,175 - £22,605 in Year 1. After Year 1, all salaries will increase. 25 Days +8 Bank Holidays, Pension, Annual Pay Review, Quarterly Cash Bonus, Sport & Social Club, Discount Codes & more

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8am-4:30pm and Friday 8am-1pm

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learn how to complete root cause and problem solving to improve process.
  • Work with the team to investigate existing repeating issues and undertake continuous improvement projects.
  • Learn how to support manufacturing areas with problem solving to ensure customer orders remain mobile and the areas meet the daily performance targets for output, reduced scrap and rework.
  • Define robust standards and processes for assessment of measurement systems and manufacturing asset capability.
  • Practical application of MSA and asset capability for engineering planning in-line with Zero defect and APQP requirements.
  • Understand to investigate and make engineering additions to the process as necessary to ensure customer compliance and throughput of orders within manufacturing.
  • Support manufacturing areas with problem solving to ensure customer orders remain mobile and the areas meet the daily performance targets for output, reduced scrap and rework.
  • Working with planning & control engineers, ensure manufacturing readiness for new or existing orders/products in respect to engineering control, training, tools, equipment, drawings, gauging and procedures.

You will have the opportunity to rotate between the Laboratory, Quality, Inspection and Engineering Departments on a periodic basis to increase your skill set. 

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence).
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Technical Support.
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

Apprentices will attend Loughborough College 2 days per week (term time only) in Years 1 & 2. 1 day per week in Year 3. The rest of the time is spent with the employer.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

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

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths, English and Science (Grade C / 4 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Additional training to take place at Loughborough College to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in accordance to this apprenticeship. Please ensure you are able to travel before applying. Loughborough College reserves the right to withdraw this vacancy before the end date, following consultation with the employer.

About the employer

SPS Technologies has been established since 1936, its product offering and investment strategy is focused on technically sophisticated components and materials that are necessary and vital to key end-user markets such as aerospace, transportation, power generation, racing, farm and construction equipment and general industrial. Quality control programs of all SPS businesses reflect the demanding requirements of SPS' aerospace heritage. All product lines benefit from the culture of quality that has a long history at SPS. Because of this culture and our strong product design capability, many of SPS' products are manufactured for safety-critical applications.


SPS Technologies Limited


Troon industrial Area

191 Barkby Road



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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


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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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