Apprentice Field Service Engineer Switch Mobility Ltd

Would you like to earn a salary whilst learning on the job and gaining a qualification? We have an exciting opportunity for a suitable candidate to join the Aftermarket team as an Apprentice to be trained up to a recognised Level 3 qualification in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Technician.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 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 per week – Monday to Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an apprentice Field Service Engineer, you will predominantly be trained to inspect, diagnose, repair and test equipment and systems on buses. This position will entail working within a service and repair centre environment, working with tools and machinery and will give you a great opportunity to build a career in a highly specialised field. You will be required to demonstrate a level of flexibility, have a positive attitude, with an ability to work well as part of a team.

During the course of your apprenticeship, you will work towards completing these key tasks to a high standard with the aim of doing these with little to no support at the end of your learning period.

  • Carry out routine safety inspections
  • Carry out routine mechanical and electrical servicing, planned preventative maintenance and health checks
  • Inspect, diagnose and repair mechanical systems, engine, fuel, coolant and transmission systems
  • Identify with accumulated knowledge and apply initiative to rectify intermittent faults.
  • Inspect, diagnose and repair electrical systems, electrical circuits, electrical units and components including high voltage electric drive systems.
  • Inspect, diagnose and repair on board auxiliary systems, battery charging and electronic drive systems.
  • Use diagnostic equipment and software to locate, diagnose and rectify faults on mechanical and electrical components.
  • Use diagnostic equipment to interrogate electronic control units and programmable control systems

This list is not exhaustive, the role may require other reasonable duties from time to time in line with needs of the business.

The training you will be getting

The delivery of this course takes place over 3 years and is conducted through 1-week block release every other month from start to finish. A course plan is issued on enrolment covering the whole apprenticeship duration so that dates are issued well ahead to ensure best planning for the employer and apprentice allowing maximum attendance on all dates given.

The apprentice will gain valuable workplace experience through the completion of this qualification and will achieve the Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician through City and Guilds allowing for eligibility to apply to the relevant body as a qualified Engineering Technician. For further development there is opportunity in the future to then progress to a Master Technician once skills from the Level 3 have been thoroughly put into practice.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you have the opportunity to become a qualified field service engineer within the automotive industry.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Reliable, Time Management, Flexible, Colour Identification, Ability to follow instructions


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4/C and above) Essential
Other Full Driving Licence (Grade Pass or working towards) Essential

Things to consider

Enrolment onto your apprenticeship programme is subject to prior attainment checks, and your Personal Learning Record will be reviewed upon successful appointment. We are also obligated to follow the guidelines around eligibility, set out by the government apprenticeship funding rules. NB: Please include minimum qualifications (GCSE Maths and English grades) in your apprenticeship application. Tailor your application to the vacancy, dedicating 1-2 paragraphs for each question to demonstrate interest in the role and the company. **If you are unsuccessful, you will be automatically added to our Talentpool list where future vacancies will be sent to you. If you would like to opt out of this mailing list please select unsubscribe in the email.**

About the employer

If you have seen one of London's iconic red double decker’s then you have seen Switch Mobility. They are a next generation electric vehicle company backed by over 100 years of experience, producing zero emissions & diesel Buses. They have a combined global reach and presence in 40 countries, and over a century of engineering expertise, the very best innovators and cutting edge technology to deliver unrivalled product choice on a global scale. Together, they're speeding up the SWITCH to zero carbon transportation.


Switch Mobility Ltd


Unit 9, Eurocourt

Oliver Close

West Thurrock

RM20 3EE

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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


Mandy Rai


Apprenticeship standard

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance 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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