Junior engineer role based within the workshop and office environment. Develop your mechanical & electrical engineering skills in the automotive sector. Fitting and repairing of air suspension. Generating new business and supporting the updating of the website. Specific vehicle suspension knowledge will be gained throughout this apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 04 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 09:00- 17:30

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Jul 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To assist in the fitment of air suspension kits to passenger & light commercial vehicles
  • With the use of computer aided design (CAD), aid in the design & project management of new air suspension products
  • Testing of competitor parts during design phase of new components
  • Design & manufacture including post print operations of additive manufactured (SLS) parts
  • Assist in the general organisation of our Paslow Hall Farm site including tidy of workshop when required
  • Work in an organised & professional manor ensuring to leave a tidy workspace
  • Help with new business enquiries in workshop, phone & email

The training you will be getting

Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician Standard

Level 4 HNC in Engineering or Manufacturing

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

New company with various opportunities to progress as we grow. Anticipated growth of the team in our Ongar office in the coming years so bright prospects for employees

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Enthusiasm/Motivation, Mechanical Know-how, High standards, Reliable


GCSE or equivalent Design & Technology (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Graphic Design (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent ICT (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Physics (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Desired

Things to consider

This is a 'hands on' role. Mechanical know-how is a must ideally with some previous knowledge / interest & experience in vehicles. Computer literate with an appetite to learn. Computer aided design experience desirable (ideally Solidworks) Design & technology or craft related GCSE, Physics GCSE ideal, Technical drawing experience or graphics design useful. Attention to detail, Appetite to learn new skills with a positive attitude to new challenges, Friendly with ability to communicate directly with customers, Able to take instructions for improved working, Physical work is a daily routine for this role. 30-40 minutes walk from Chipping Ongar. Some flexibility of working hours to fit within limited bus schedules is possible (e.g. Bus # 32 from Chelmsford etc.) Office set in a rural location with free parking available. Set holiday dates may be required to match with other personnel. Some work from home days with set tasks might be needed on occasion. Working under a vehicle is required with safe guidance from a senior. Work will be varied with some days purely based in the workshop & other days deskbound with various computer based tasks. Some company travel may be necessary on occasion.

About the employer

Air suspension enthusiasts and so we harnessed our collective passion and individual expertise to form On Air Suspension. Our highly knowledgeable team boasts over seventy years hands-on experience of air spring design, systems, sourcing, products and application. All of our air suspension components are sourced from leading manufacturers including global brand leaders Arnott, AMK, DriveRite, Dunlop, Firestone, Fox Shocks, Koni, Sabo & Wabco. We choose to use only the highest quality parts because we are passionately committed to delivering outstanding levels of quality-assured repair, design and fitment. It's the same customer service ethos that has seen our sister company thrive and expand over the last three decades. Our core business is in the replacement/repair of air suspension products in passenger vehicles with existing air suspension systems. These would typically (but not exclusively) include Range Rover, Land Rover, BMW and Mercedes. You can find the correct part for your car on the product/vehicle brand menu. We also extend our knowledge and expertise to the light commercial, leisure and custom vehicle markets with our first fully equipped repair and fitting workshop in Essex.




Unit 6 Paslow Hall Farm

King Street

High Ongar


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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


Kellie Tighe


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering manufacturing technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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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