We are looking for an Apprentice to learn general engineering skills in order to become a qualified Maintenance Engineer. This person must have attention to detail, will be an enthusiastic and committed individual who is passionate about starting a career in Engineering.

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Closing date: 30 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 08:00 - 16:30. Friday, 08:00 - 13:30, with 30 flex to start and finish times.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Main Role Duties / Scope:

  • Carry out preventative maintenance to ensure machines are in safe working condition for production
  • Contribute to preventative maintenance development and maintenance schedules
  • Respond to breakdowns in a timely manner and identify route cause(s) of the breakdown and implement the corrective solution where possible. If this is not possible, the matter needs to be escalated as a priority.
  • All machines must be left in a safe condition and if the maintenance work is not completed, the machine and immediate area must be cordoned off accordingly and left in a safe manner
  • Safe systems of work must be always used to prevent injury and damage to plant, machinery and equipment
  • Responsible for maintaining the shift log and to pass unfinished work over the next shift following the correct shift handover process
  • Respond effectively to any environmental incidents and be part of emergency response team to the plant, machinery and equipment safe
  • Maintain the relevant maintenance stores inventory Ensure 5S standards are maintained including keeping own work area tidy and free from clutter
  • Log work completed on the maintenance system cards
  • Completed preventative maintenance results sheets and action any remedial work required

The training you will be getting

Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Training Units will cover:

  • Assembling and testing fluid power systems
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Producing mechanical engineering drawings using a CAD system
  • Conducting business improvement activities

Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician qualification, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • There is potential for permanent employment upon the successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5) Desired

Things to consider

Please consider how you will travel to work each day

About the employer

WHS Plastics successfully operates in a highly competitive global marketplace, partnering with major international companies in a variety of market segments including automotive, electronics, extrusion, industrial, off highway, packaging, metal pressings and hygiene products. We have a strong UK footprint supporting some of the UK's biggest brands along with an overseas facility supplying blue chip global companies. The core of our business is the design and manufacturing of injection mouldings ranging from high quality functional parts, to complex assemblies featuring added value elements such as painting and foiling processes, for both interior and exterior automotive components. To complement these skills, we advise customers on material choices, the use of technical polymers and recyclable materials. We also manufacture high quality injection moulding tools, assembly equipment and a wide range of metal pressings. When dealing with customers we always deliver measurable benefits to differentiate our offerings from the competition.




Thorns Road

Brierley Hill


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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

Maintenance and operations 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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