Machine Engineering Apprentice SERVICE HYDRAULICS

An exciting opportunity to work for a hydraulics engineering company based just outside Canterbury. To learn the knowledge and skills needed to become an Engineering Machinist.

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Closing date: 29 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    40 hours between 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday inc some Saturday overtime.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Working in this busy hydraulics workshop, you will be required to operate CNC and manual machine including lathes and milling machines. You will be working as part of a small team and need to be mindful of health and safety at all times.

  • Assign responsibilities of refurbishing and repairing cylinders and rams under the guidelines of senior mechanic
  • Perform tasks of assisting staff in setting and assembling structures of hydraulic equipment
  • Handle responsibilities of disassembling hydraulic equipment to identify the part that needs repairing
  • Assist with maintaining service records and perform testing on repaired machinery
  • Assign tasks of operating hydraulic machinery and diagnosing malfunctioning equipment
  • Perform responsibilities of observing and evaluating hydraulic machinery

The training you will be getting

Engineering Operative Level 2 Standard.

Diploma in Engineering Operations qualification Level 2.

Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2 if required. 

One day a week workshop at EKC Group, Dover Technical college.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Could lead to a full-time position. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C/Level 2 Functional Skills) Desired

Things to consider

Due to the location, must be able to get there ok.

About the employer

Since 1981, Showan Hydraulics has been at the forefront of hydraulic cylinder technology – manufacturing and repairing precision hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic rams for contractors, demolition plant, agricultural, marine, refuse collection and general industrial applications. Showan has maintained its premier position through a continuous programme of investment in expertise and technology, and an innovative approach to problem solving. We have identified inherent weaknesses in old hydraulic cylinders and created new sealing configurations that increase reliability and time between failures, thus reducing down-time. Our palindromic hydraulic cylinder for vehicle transporters is a perfect example of our expertise and lateral thinking. Showan Hydraulics continues to focus on future innovations in hydraulic technologies and applying our unique, practical expertise to create optimum solutions for the world's leading organisations.








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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 operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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