Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship CATERPILLAR SHREWSBURY LIMITED

The programme is offered as a 42 month fixed-term contact of employment. At the end of this you will be eligible to apply for any roles that are available at that time. You will be involved in all aspects of machining, test and finish, assembly, quality inspection and maintenance.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 26 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Potential for 4% Annual Bonus, Share Scheme, Pension and 21 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and employee discount scheme.

  • Working week

    First 12 months full-time college five days/week, thereafter four day working week with day-release at college. Your day release hours in College will be 9am - 5pm however your hours in work will be confirmed at interview stages.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    10 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will be embedded in a highly skilled team and will also get to spend time in other areas of the business to fully understand our manufacturing operations and get to work and collaborate with people across the facility. Our apprenticeship roles will be based in each of the following areas:

  • Engine Assembly - From the start of your apprenticeship, you will be developed towards engines assembly. You will learn the full rebuild of an engine, from initial assessment of the product (Vett) to final checking of fully assembled product to approved standard (Quality Gate) ready for test. This will include disassembly and assembly of components, sub-assemblies and complete products, inspection of parts at vett and learning about electrical components. You will also gain experience in fault finding and root cause & corrective actions (RCCA)
  • Test & Finish - you will learn to rig, and test engines and transmissions across all of our product range. You will learn the computerised diagnostic equipment to monitor engines and transmissions on test and help identify faults for rectification to ensure they meet quality and performance standards. You will also learn minor engine disassembly/reassembly, bore checks and full paint spray within the engine finish department (EFD)
  • Machining - you will learn to use various machining techniques on lathes, grinders, millers and state of the art 5-axis CNC machines. Using a variety of different tools, systems, and machines you will help create new components to drawings, and salvage used components back to “new” quality against the drawing specification. You will create and fulfil orders that support all of these areas across the business
  • Quality Inspection - you will join a specialised team responsible for ensuring all supplied components into the facility are defect-free and cause no disruption to engine or transmissions assembly. You will investigate any issues that arise, utilising a variety of measurement devices, from hand gauging to complex measuring equipment such as CMM, and produce reports that will help our suppliers fix issues and improve quality
  • Maintenance - Our maintenance team members are critical to our business’ success, as they possess the technical skills and know-how to maintain our production equipment and facilities. Maintenance apprentices will use various equipment and systems to aid the completion of routine maintenance, diagnose equipment faults and carry out repairs in a timely manner
  • Product Design Engineering: Following your first year of training at college, you will be based in the product engineering team to start to become familiar with Caterpillar Shrewsbury’s engine and transmission products. You will also start to learn the fundamentals of the engineering design process using our state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design tools. During your apprenticeship you will also have the opportunity to gain experience in other engineering and business functions, such as development engineering, applications engineering, project management, quality and manufacturing. On completion of your apprenticeship, you will be an associate design engineer working in a fast paced, quality driven, design team providing design solutions for Caterpillar Shrewsbury’s engine and transmission engineering programmes

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

For the first 12 months of this four-year training programme, you will attend Shrewsbury College London Road Campus full time. Thereafter, you will attend college one day per week and work three days per week where you will be given the opportunity to experience different aspects of engineering, designed to provide you with an excellent foundation in the function.

You will be enrolled to the Level 3 Engineering Technician where you will be assessed for skills, knowledge and behaviours throughout the apprenticeship and work towards your End Point Assessment:

  • Engineering technician/Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Within this apprenticeship there are many pathways you can choose to specialise in and so you have the option of;

  • Machining
  • Test and finish
  • Assembly
  • Quality inspection
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing

Throughout your time at college, you will have had the chance to try all of these areas and then identify which pathway you would like to specialise in, from your second year onwards.

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be a qualified Engineering Technician. You will also be professionally recognised by the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers).

The programme is offered as a 42 month fixed-term contact of employment. At the end of this you will be eligible to apply for any roles that are available at that time.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Maths, English, Science and 2 others (Grade 4 or C and above) Essential

Things to consider

At Caterpillar, we believe each person is unique and valued, and are committed to ensuring that our workplace is diverse and representative of the many customers we serve around the globe. Different perspectives help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high-performing Caterpillar team that makes positive changes in the communities where we live and work. That’s the Power of Everyone. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong interest in developing a career in a production engineering environment in the area they are applying for. See our website for more hints and tips on making your application stand out. We will be holding an open evening where you can learn more about the Shrewsbury facility, the apprenticeship programme and specific opportunities. For more information and to book go to www.caterpillar.com/shrewsburyapprenticeships.

About the employer

We are the world's leading manufacturer of Construction and Mining Equipment, diesel, natural gas and hydrogen engines, industrial gas turbines and locomotives. In 2020 our globally respected company and brand invested $1.4B into research and development, leveraging cutting edge technology and decades of expertise to improve our products and services. Our core values (Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Commitment and Sustainability) are key to our success and our commitment to sustainability underpins the company’s future. Every single employee moves our company forward: piece by piece, part by part, person by person. Join our winning team and help build a better world.




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Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

If you would like to find out a bit more about us before applying, we will be holding an Open Evening on our site on Wednesday 1st March, beginning at 5.15pm. To attend, please drop us an email at HRShrewsbury@cat.com. Feel free to email this address with any questions you may have which aren’t answered on this site or in the advert.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 26 Mar 2023