Apprentice Engineering Fitter - Mechanical SOUTHAMPTON MARINE SERVICES LTD

The Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) is supporting SMS to recruit a L3 Mechanical Fitter Apprentice to join their Engineering team and develop within the organisation. Main tasks/focus will be in all aspects of Mechanical Fitting as well as gaining extensive knowledge of engineering materials and standards.

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Closing date: 16 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Yearly pay increase dependent on progression.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm at SETA Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm at SETA Monday to Friday – 7am – 3.30pm at SMS

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Mechanical Fitter role involves:

·         Working from engineering drawings, data and documentation in order to undertake the manufacture, installation,  this will involve:

·         Testing, commissioning, fault diagnosis, maintenance, overhaul and removal of mechanical and fluid power equipment.

·         This can include propulsion machinery and auxiliary systems (such as water, air conditioning and power generation). It requires knowledge and expertise in the use of common and specialist machine and hand tools, and the use of a variety of measuring and diagnostic equipment and processes to ensure individual components and assemblies meet the required specification.

·         The Mechanical Fitter must comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements and will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team.

The training you will be getting

All Apprentices will complete a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard programme. This will include a full-time period of practical workshop based ‘off-the-job’ training at SETA’s Apprenticeship Centre in Southampton.

Apprentices will also complete a knowledge qualification (depending on your prior attainments) where you will be required to attend SETA one day a week over two academic years.

After your initial training at SETA, you will remain with SMS to further develop your skills ultimately leading to your End Point Assessment.

To achieve full certification, SETA will make regular visits during the Apprentices time in the workplace to ensure they are developing all the required skills within the Standard, including the specified behaviours and checking your theory knowledge via professional discussions.

All training culminates in your EPA, these final tests are administered by an independent assessment organisation and take place in the last three months of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

To progress into a qualified tradesperson engaging in engineering projects across the business. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Punctual and positive attitude


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4+) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5+) Essential

Things to consider

Travel to and from SETA training and workplace, Shift work can be day or night, at weekends, outdoors and during inclement weather. SMS works in various locations throughout the UK and travel away from home for periods of time will be required.

About the employer

The SMS Group are a multi-discipline marine engineering services provider that supports the marine industry with ship repair and marine/civil engineering activities including welding and fabrication, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic engineering services and outfit works.




Western Avenue

Western Docks


SO15 0HH

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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


Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA)

023 8077 1908

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

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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