Apprentice Automation and Control Engineering Technician - Higher (Level 4)

Unilever UK Limited (Employer)

The University of Sheffield (Training Provider)

Annual wage £17,150.31
40.0 hours per week Shifts to be confirmed.
36 months (duration)
22 August 2022(start date)
31 March 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Automation and Control Engineering Technician, install, maintain, fault find and optimise hardware and software for automation systems. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.


Automation and Control Engineering Technician

  • Install, maintain, fault find and optimise hardware and software for automation systems
  • Typically, this involves the above duties across a range of hardware such as on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • The use of physical tools, software tools and instruments to carry out tasks associated with building, installing and maintaining of automation systems

Future Prospects

Completing an engineering apprenticeship is the perfect start to progressing a career in engineering. 

Reality Check

Throughout programme apprentices are required to attend the University of Sheffield AMRC training centre in Sheffield, for example, 1 day per month which will require travel and overnight hotel accommodation.

Please note the AMRC reserve the right to close applications ahead of the published closing date.

Skills Required

  • Problem-solving skills - Ability to approach problems in a logical and structured manner aiming to generate effective solutions
  • Communication skills - Convey or share ideas and feelings effectively using verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrate effective listening and questioning skills
  • Teamwork - Work well in a team and contribute towards individual and team goals
  • Computer literacy - Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages including Word and Excel

Qualities Required

  • Purpose and service - Works from purpose for the good of others. Knows what their own purpose/what motivates them. Communicates with enthusiasm about the specific role requirements/programme applied for. Has a realistic understanding of the programme requirements and expectations
  • Personal Mastery - Always brings their best self. Makes an immediate and positive impact on others. Manages own emotions, remaining calm and effective during stressful times. Present and focused in the moment, attends to tasks and people to make conscious decisions. Acknowledges their limits of personal knowledge, skills, and expertise
  • Agility - Constantly curious and courageous. Sharing success and failures with others, reflecting on learnings. Proactively taking actions to constantly learn and improve, seeking feedback from colleagues. Adapts quickly to change by modifying behaviour and approach
  • Curiosity - A passion to learn how things work and a desire to actively participate in seeking solutions/improvements 

Qualifications Required

Already employed in a suitable engineering role or have relevant engineering experience.

In addition, ONE of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering overall grade DM (Distinction Merit) or higher.
  • A minimum of two A-Levels at grade 5 (or C) or above, including mathematics-based subject and a science, technology, engineering, or an additional mathematics-related subject.
  • EAL Diploma in an engineering-based subject at M (Merit) or above.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Cambridge Technical Levels at MM (Merit Merit) or above.

Plus A minimum of three GCSEs at grade 5 (or C) or above, in mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering-related subject.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the AMRC and Employer recruitment and selection process to secure a place on an apprenticeship programme.

Training Provided

Level 4 Automation and Control Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard

What will you study, for example? 

  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Automation, Robotics and PLCs
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Electrical Systems and Fault Finding
  • Engineering Design
  • Managing a Professional Engineering Project

What qualifications will you achieve?

  • Higher National Certificate in General Engineering
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