Engineering Technician Apprentice TRW LIMITED

ZF Automotive Peterlee stands as a pioneer in automotive technology, specialising in the development of cutting-edge camera systems crucial for advanced driver-assist functionalities. Established in 1996, our facility has flourished into one of Europe's largest and most sophisticated manufacturing centres.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 8.00am - 4.30pm. Friday, 8.00am - 1.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    26 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

As an engineering technician apprentice, you will gain world class engineering skills as you work with and support a highly skilled engineering team working in one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in Europe.


Assist in developing, program, maintain and improve new and existing SMT processes, will be a strong participant in cross functional teams supporting manufacturing.


Assist with repairs on test equipment in a safety manner and record the job repair details. To build, wire and test electromechanical sub-assemblies and then install to machines.


To assist with development, implementation and maintenance of software in a high volume manufacturing environment. Working on component traceability systems, process flow control software, assembly machine PLC integration with CIM system, obtaining process / test data and vision system integration.


Assist with the selection, design and implementation of assembly processes covering standard machines.

The training you will be getting

  • Full Engineering Technician standard, Pathway to be decided.
  • Day release to college is required

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will achieve:

  • Level 2 Foundation Competence qualification
  • Level 3 Development Competence qualification
  • Level 3 Development Technical Knowledge qualification

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The possibility of full time employment on the successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Analytical skills, Computer literacy, Creative, Good communication skills, Negotiation skills, Patience, Planning skills. , Problem solving , Shows Initiative, Team member, Time Management


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-5 or A*-B) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 9-4 or A*-C) Essential

About the employer

The ZF Peterlee plant manufactures state of the art cameras, radar systems, key automated steering components and an array of sensors for cars and trucks, technology that enables the latest vehicles to see think and act in our modern world. We manufacture on an impressive scale producing in excess of 30,000 components a day across multiple production lines.




Mill Hill

North West Industrial Estate



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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

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

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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