Apprentice Design Engineer - Sheet Metal Laser/Punch programmer Smart Manufacturing

An exciting opportunity to join Smart Manufacturing as a Sheet Metal laser/punch programmer! Develop as a Design/CAD Engineer with the potential to join the company full-time upon completion!

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 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

    Shifts - Monday to Friday 37hpw.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Collating job packs for all laser cut and punched sheet metal WIP jobs to calculate and procure materials required accurately.
  • Liaise with the production manager on priority of works during weekly production meetings.
  • Create CAD programmes for the machines to produce parts from.
  • Ensuring certificates of conformity are requested when required on ordering of materials.
  • Ensure while creating nesting's it is done with efficient material usage.
  • Assisting to organise the design office, through updating files & recording / organising current and obsolete design data.
  • Assisting the design office and production team with producing estimate's/quotations for laser cutting and punching of sheet metal components.

The role will become far more in depth with design as the candidates experience and ability improves over time.

The training you will be getting

Whilst learning on the job, you will attend Exeter College 2 days a week and work towards the Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship.

You will work towards:

  • Level 2 Diploma in engineering operations (skills)
  • Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in engineering operations (knowledge)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship, there is an opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential

About the employer

We are a family run business founded in 1986. We supply various clients in many industry's from construction, agriculture to bio medicines and pharmaceuticals. We work with small companies right up to large house hold names such as Wrigleys, Ginsters and Mars. We have state of the art equipment and fully automated CNC machinery.


Smart Manufacturing


Clovelly Road Industrial Estate


EX39 3HN

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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 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

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, you must register with GetMyFirstJob and then follow the instructions to complete your application.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2024