Apprentice Electrical Engineer - Advanced (Level 3)



Training Provider:


Annual wage £13,610.00
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday 8am-4pm (with a half hour lunch break)
duration: 48 months
start: 7 September 2020
Advanced (Level 3)
Maintenance and operations engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
30 April 2020 (application closing date)
Viridor are one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies. Our apprenticeship will turn you into a highly skilled electrical maintenance engineer earning a wage along the way, learning to maintain state-of-the-art systems utilised in our world-leading energy recovery facilities.


As an ERF Apprentice you will be helping to maintain and improve where required all the systems we have on our sites. You will be working on the technology which monitors and controls all aspects of processes and how they are performing across the site.

During the Apprenticeship you will become qualified to carry out planned preventative maintenance, general maintenance of equipment, modifying and testing and inspecting, condition-based monitoring and fault finding with our systems.


  • The engineering apprentice shall be responsible for carrying out planned and unplanned maintenance activities to ensure safe and efficient operation of the ERF plant
  • Ensures maintenance plans and targets are achieved safely, economically and within the environmental limits of the plant
  • Works alongside other functions as necessary
  • Carry out fault diagnosis rectify as required
  • Management of records and implementation of maintenance requirements
  • Aware and where possible fully conversant with drawings and P&ID’s as required
  • Be pro-active and creative in problem solving and initiative
  • Ensure that all reporting within the Computerised Maintenance Management System is effective and followed through to completion promptly
  • Broaden experience by covering the Electrical Engineers duties if required
  • Ensure that all activities within the ERF plant are carried out in a safe manner in line with the LOP’s and Viridor procedures
  • Carry out risk assessments and method statements to ensure activities are completed in a safe manner at all times
  • Work as part of a team striving for continual improvement in minimising environmental Health & Safety risk at the ERF plant
  • Maintain a clean and tidy workplace
  • Provide occasional cover for the storekeeper role as required

Future Prospects

  • Potential to study HNC on completion of apprenticeship, if recommended by site engineering manager
  • Continuous personal development opportunities
  • Junior Technician role on successful completion of Level 3 apprenticeship

Reality Check

Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session:

  • Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an apprenticeship assessment and Information Session at Witney or Abingdon campus 
  • This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to any apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions
  • As a new apprenticeship applicant, you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the apprenticeship assessment and information session, please call us on 01235 216216    

Qualification checks:

  • By applying for this vacancy, you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a learner record service check on your previous qualifications
  • We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible  

Skills Required

  • Demonstrate use of initiative 
  • Good IT literacy
  • Good organisation skills
  • Good maths skills

Qualities Required

  • Problem solver
  • Desire to develop and learn
  • Highly motivated/self-starter
  • Commitment to continued education
  • Flexible approach to work

Qualifications Required


  • A minimum of five GCSE's (or equivalent qualifications) at grade C/5 and above including English, Science and maths


  • Full Driving licence

Training Provided

Core knowledge:

A technician will understand:

  • First principles relating to the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment
  • Relevant industry health and safety standards, regulations, and environmental and regulatory requirements
  • Maintenance and operational practices, processes and procedures covering a range of plant and equipment
  • The relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation

Core skills:

A technician will apply their knowledge of plant and systems to safely perform maintenance and operational activities with minimum supervision. This will require them to:

  • Comply with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations
  • Locate, and rectify faults on plant and equipment
  • Communicate with and provide information to stakeholders in line with personal role and responsibilities
  • Read, understand and interpret information and work in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation
  • Prepare work areas to undertake work related activities and reinstate those areas after the completion of the work-related activities
  • Inspect and maintain appropriate plant and equipment to meet operational requirements
  • Assess and test the performance and condition of plant and equipment
  • Communicate, handover and confirm that the appropriate engineering process has been completed to specification

Core behaviours:

  • Health & safety – follows health & safety policies and procedures and be prepared to challenge unsafe behaviour using appropriate techniques to ensure the protection of people and property when working alone and/or with appropriate supervision
  • Quality focused – ensures that work achieves quality standard both occupationally and personally
  • Working with others – works well with people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity safely and on time
  • Interpersonal skills – gets along well with others and takes into account their needs and concerns
  • Critical reasoning – uses resources, techniques and obtained facts to develop sound solutions while recognising and defining problems
  • Sustainability and ethical behaviour – behaves ethically and undertakes work in a way that contributes to sustainable development
  • Risk awareness – demonstrates high concentration, the desire to reduce risks, ability to be compliant and awareness of change, through regular monitoring and checking of information

Specialist roles:

In addition, an electrical technician will:

  • Position, assemble, install and dismantle electrical plant and equipment, which will include motors, switchgear, cables & conductors, to agreed specifications
  • Carry out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures on electrical plant and equipment.
  • Replace, repair and/or remove components in electrical plant and equipment and ensure its return to operational condition.
  • Diagnose and determine the cause of faults in electrical plant and equipment
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