Apprentice Critical Environments Design Engineer - Birmingham JOHNSON CONTROLS BUILDING EFFICIENCY UK LIMITED

You’ll work with innovative design technology and solutions in the fire suppression sector. You'll learn hands-on, how to design fire suppression systems and contribute that protect individuals and businesses. Mentored by experienced design engineers you'll gain real-world experience, with access to top training facilities.

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Closing date: 22 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Competitive basic salary with fantastic additional earning potential - Enjoy 25 days holiday plus bank holidays - Uniform, personal protection equipment, and ongoing training -Earn extra with Overtime pay.

  • Working week

    Days TBC; 8:30-5:00pm or as per business needs.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Working in critical environments you will be responsible of all Fire Suppression design elements in supporting the business on the large/ complex projects
  • As part of the Post order design team, you'll be responsible for providing engineered design solutions for various fire protection systems, including sprinklers and gaseous extinguishing systems
  • These systems are crucial for ensuring both life safety and property protection in diverse market sectors
  • Working within the Design Centre of Excellence, you'll offer design support for all parts of the Johnson Controls business in the UK, demonstrating a wide-reaching impact within the organization
  • You’ll gain skills in technical drawing production. Utilizing tools such as AutoCAD, Hydraulics Software, and Revit (3D), you'll generate detailed technical drawings that depict fire protection system layouts and include essential details

How you will do it:  

  • On-the-Job Work Experience: You'll spend significant time at our client sites, where you will get the opportunity to put into practice skills learned at college in a real world setting
  • Collaboration with Qualified Engineers: Throughout your apprenticeship, you'll work closely with qualified Johnson Controls Engineers who will serve as mentors, guiding you in developing your design skills. This collaborative environment ensures that you receive the support and guidance needed to succeed in your role
  • Opportunities for Growth: Throughout your apprenticeship, you'll have the opportunity to grow and apply the skills and knowledge gained in college in a real workplace setting. This experiential learning approach ensures that you develop both technical competencies and practical skills essential for success in the world of design engineering

Qualifications Required:


  • Min of 3 A Levels: B, B, C to include Mathematics. Excludes general studies
  • BTEC: Distinction, Distinction, Merit from 18 Unit BTEC to include Mathematics
  • IB Diploma: 28 points to include Mathematics at higher level.
    Applicants must also hold: 5 GSCEs at grade A*–C including
  • English language and Mathematics or specified equivalent
  • Full Driving Licence is essential

The training you will be getting

  • You will be enrolled full-time in a "Level 6 Building Services Design" degree Apprenticeship at Coventry University. This apprenticeship combines on-the-job work experience with college education, providing a well-rounded learning experience. Continuous support from the training team and experienced design engineers ensures your development throughout the program
  • This qualification is delivered via block release in Coventry and therefore travel and overnight stay will be required. There is approximately 6 block weeks per year

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Successful apprentices will gain a BSc or BEng building services degree which is accredited by the relevant professional engineering institution
  • Upon completion, a number of internal engineering opportunities within the company will be available to you. All of our apprentices immediately move into full time permanent positions

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Team working, purpose led, customer driven, future focused


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential
A Level or equivalent Three A levels at grade B,B,C including Maths. (Grade C) Essential

Things to consider

This exciting opportunity does require travel to clients sites where you will be working with our highly skilled engineers.

About the employer

Johnson Controls is a global leader in technology and industry, serving customers in over 150 countries. Our focus is on creating intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions and integrated infrastructure. We invite individuals with a passion for engineering to join us in shaping a better tomorrow through our diverse projects and opportunities.




8 Ridgeway, Quinton Business Park



B32 1AL


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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

Building services design 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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