Apprentice Research & Design Product Development Engineer TE Connectivity

How would you like to be at the forefront of technical design with TE Connectors? If you have a passion for design, problem solving and creating technical drawings, this is the apprenticeship for you. You will be working with 2D/3D CAD packages generating production drawings, product specifications and testing requirements.

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Closing date: 21 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    08:20-17:00 (1/2hr lunch) and 08:00 – 13:00 Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day


The Product Development Engineering team provide original design solutions for harsh environment electrical connectors.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Provide design solutions to meet customer requirements
  • To be responsible for product development, and qualification from market definition through to production and release
  • Generate all required product documentation including, but not limited to, Solid Model, 2D/3D production drawings, product specifications and testing requirements
  • To ensure that new products are ‘designed for manufacture’, facilitating manufacturing optimisation or product quality improvements, working closely with other departments
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision, manage time effectively and prioritise own workload
  • Carry out any other reasonable tasks as directed by the business from time to time.

Do not apply directly to the company as all applications must be through SIGTA. You may not be considered if you apply direct.

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The training you will be getting

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved the following qualifications: 

  • ST0164 Engineering Design and Draughtsperson Level 3
  • L3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

The final apprenticeship completion certificate will be issued on achievement of the above qualification and successful completion of end point assessment.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

To become a fully trained and qualified Research & Design Product Development Engineer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths, Science +2 more (Grade 4/5 (C)) Essential

Things to consider

As with all apprenticeships, this requires a longterm commitment – there will be assignments and log book entries to complete. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a top company, whilst you work towards nationally recognised qualifications. You will be committed and motivated to complete college work and other assignments. Enthusiastic, ability to see projects through to completion, strong interest in science and technology, interest in how things work or are manufactured. Creative – engineering is a field of innovation.

About the employer

Solutions that power electric vehicles, aircraft, digital factories, and smart homes. Innovation that enables life-saving medical care, sustainable communities, efficient utility networks, and the global communications infrastructure. For more than 75 years, we have partnered with customers to produce highly engineered connectivity and sensing products that make a connected world possible. Our focus on reliability and durability, our commitment to progress, and the unmatched range of our product portfolio enables companies large and small to turn ideas into technology that can transform how the world works and lives tomorrow.


TE Connectivity


4 Stanier Road


St Leonards on Sea

TN38 9RP

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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


Pauline Jones


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering design and draughtsperson

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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