R and D Technical Apprentice AIR BEARINGS LTD

About the Role: Our Research and Design Team are currently recruiting for a R and D Technical Apprentice to join us at busy and exciting time. You will learn all aspect of technical product design and development within a Research and Development Function and be mentored by an experienced team, whilst working directly for ABL on a permanent basis.

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Closing date: 07 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,646.40 to £22,605.44

    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

    Monday to Friday, 38 hours per week. Early finish Fridays and flexible start and finish times

    Total hours per week: 38.00

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    6 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Degree
    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000256402

  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Air Bearings Limited (ABL) are a world leading innovative manufacturer of air bearing solutions, used across the engineering spectrum. We design and manufacture high precision air bearing spindles that can run up to speeds of 400,000 rpm, with over 90% of our complete production process, from concept design through to the finished product, is completed in-house at our factory in Ferndown, Dorset. Visit our website for further information on ABL : https://airbearings.co.uk/ You will learn all aspect of technical product design and development within a Research and Development Function and be mentored by an experienced team, whilst working directly for ABL on a permanent basis and attend college one day per week to study for the duration of the course.

What will the role involve?

  • Generate all required product documentation including, but not limited to production drawings, product specifications and testing requirements
  • Work closely with manufacturing, Assembly and Test teams to investigate design matters
  • Assist in creating and developing product designs using CAD software. • Collaborate with experienced engineers to contribute to design concepts and solutions
  • Conduct research on materials, techniques and industry trends to inform design decisions
  • Support the design team in prototyping and testing of new products
  • You will investigate customer/supplier issues, establishing ‘root cause’ of identified problems
  • 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
  • You will support the delivery of precision engineering products in line with customer specifications and to pre-determined deadlines
  • Ensuring all work carried out complies with health and safety requirements as laid down by the company and by external bodies
  • Must have access to own transport to get to work and college

The training you will be getting

• Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) (Mechanical Design) • Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdEng) (Mechanical Design) • Degree (BEng) in Engineering • Product Design and Development Degree Standard Level 6 (https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/product-design-and-development-engineer-degree-v1-0) • Functional Skills in Maths and English up to Level 2 as required

Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Progression to full-time employment.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

As part of the application process, you will be required to apply directly to Bournemouth & Poole College to book and attend an academic interview. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/product-design-and-development-engineer-degree-v1-0

About the employer

Air Bearings Limited (ABL) are a world leading innovative manufacturer of air bearing solutions, used across the engineering spectrum. We design and manufacture high precision air bearing spindles that can run up to speeds of 400,000 rpm, with over 90% of our complete production process, from concept design through to the finished product, is completed in-house at our factory in Ferndown, Dorset.

Employer

AIR BEARINGS LTD

Address

Unit A, Nimrod Way, East Dorset Trade Park

Wimborne

BH21 7HZ

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Training

Training provider

BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE COLLEGE, THE

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

Product design and development engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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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