Degree Apprentice Control Systems Engineer AUTOMATED CONTROL SOLUTIONS LTD

An exciting opportunity to gain a Degree education whilst learning on the job in a paid apprenticeship with a leading UK Systems Integration company. You will learn to design and develop control and visualisation software to provide plant automation across several different industry sectors including Food and Beverage and Major Utilities.

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Closing date: 30 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salaries are reviewed annually, tracking performance and progress and re-assessing salary in line with performance.

    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, 8:30am to 5pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

During your apprenticeship, you will undertake a wide range of duties and training that will build upon your academic qualifications to develop your practical skills.

You will work under the guidance of experienced colleagues within the Systems Integration team at our Burton upon Trent offices, and will collaborate with our colleagues from other group locations.

You will be encouraged to continue to develop your practical skills and knowledge through on-the-job training, further education and PDP opportunities.

You will learn to understand complex process control operations for manufacturing and utilities, and how to develop control software solutions to control such process, and provide visualisation for operators to control and view in real time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure timely attendance to courses as agreed
    with management.
  • Ensure that any work is completed to a satisfactory standard and handed in on time.
  • Ensure all training courses included in Personal Development Plan (PDP)  are attended / completed to a satisfactory  standard.
  • Ensure Engineering and Design activities meet all national and international standards, clients requirements and ‘best’ engineering practice.
  • Production of functional design specifications (FDS),
    configuration of PLC and SCADA software packages, factory testing, site testing and site based commissioning.
  • Working pro-actively as part of a team comprising different skillsets to ensure that planned work schedules and targets are met.

The training you will be getting

  • Apprentices will undertake a level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Intergrated Degree) Apprenticeship. The training will be delivered by Estio Training Ltd.
  • Teaching will be a mix of on the job and off the job training delivered remotely via on-line classes, whilst on premise at our Burton offices.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices will achieve their BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Option to be kept on after completion of the apprenticeship programme.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Self Motivated, Ambitious


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grace C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade C/4 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent expect 3A Levels or a Level 3 Qualification (Grade Grade 104 UCAS points) Essential

Things to consider

Public transport is not available to our office location at present so the position would suit candidates that have their own transport to/from our offices.

About the employer

Since its formation in 1998 Automated Control Solutions Ltd (ACS) has delivered innovative industrial process control solutions across many different manufacturing sectors. ACS has grown to be widely acknowledged by both suppliers and clients as one of the UK ’s leading independent system integrators. With extensive experience and knowledge of the demands of the modern manufacturing process, ACS are able to offer complete systems integration into the customers enterprise from automation systems, electrical control, information solutions and ERP integration. With clients including some of the most successful organisations in the Food, Beverage, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Automotive and Utilities industries in the U.K. and worldwide, ACS possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise of providing quality automation solutions. In December 2023 ACS was acquired by the Edwin James group, which operates from 17 locations in the UK and has over 1000 employees.







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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

Digital and technology solutions professional

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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