Phoenix Systems UK Limited

Apprentice Engineering Technician (Surface Mount Technology) - Advanced (Level 3)

Phoenix Systems UK Limited (Employer)

Peta Limited (Training Provider)

Annual wage £12,168.00
39.0 hours per week Monday to Thursday, 07:30 - 16:30 and Friday, 07:30 - 12:30.
48 months (duration)
7 March 2022(start date)
Engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
10 February 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

PETA Ltd are looking to source an exceptional Engineering Technician Apprentice for our client, Phoenix. The role will be to learn how to interpret information and programme the robotic Pick and Place Surface Mount Technology machinery. This is a role where teamwork is important, Phoenix actively support personal and professional development.


You will be learning about all aspects of Phoenix’s business including setting up the feed reels ensuring the correct component are loaded, running first offs ready for inspection.

You will also be learning how to inspect parts using the Optical inspection equipment, eventually learning how to programme the equipment for new jobs. You will eventually be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and timely delivery of the work you undertake.

As an engineering technician you will be working as part of a team providing support and expertise in this engineering manufacturing environment.

Responsibilities will include:

  • You will be learning all aspects of programming, setting up and running our Surface Mount Technology (SMT) machines
  • This will also involve undertaking routine maintenance to ensure the machines are working efficiently
  • The role will eventually include analysing the reliability of production equipment, processes and production dealing inconsistencies to prevent delays
  • Once you have gained the required experience you will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improvement
  • As well as contributing and promoting best practices for improving the manufacturing process

Future Prospects

Phoenix actively support personal and professional development.

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  • Auto enrolled into the company pension scheme after qualification period
  • 24 days holiday plus bank holidays (3 days to be taken at Christmas all Fridays are a half day)
  • Free parking onsite
  • Onsite restroom with kitchen facilities
  • Overtime available
  • Holiday purchase scheme

Skills Required

  • You will possess good communication skills with the ability to communicate  with peers and management
  • You will be IT literate
  • You will possess good interpersonal and written writing skills
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development
  • Have good numerical, logical, organisational and analytical skills

Qualities Required

  • You will be ojective, using factual information and data to make decsions
  • You will be organised and work in a tidy, professional manner
  • Have an excellent attention to detail
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • Your motivation, drive and focus are the assets that will be best appreciated.

Qualifications Required

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths and English are essential.

Training Provided

As an engineering technician apprentice this programme forms part of your companies succession planning for the future. The company will support your personal and professional development. You will be trained, supported and monitored throughout the process

Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training center for off-the-job training.  This will start as 18 months of day release when you will complete your foundation skills training.

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Producing CAD models (drawings) using a CAD system
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • General machining, fitting and assembly applications
  • Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
  • Maintaining electrical equipment/systems
  • Assembling and testing electronic circuits
  • General welding applications

You will then pass through the foundation Gateway to complete your skills development training in years 2 - 4 with your employer.

Your Level 3 development programme will include:

Level 3 Advanced Engineering (Development Competence) delivered in the workplace by your PETA Job Coach, and day release for 24 months to complete a Level 3 BTEC technical certificate.

Overall duration 48 months.

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