Plastic Omnium Automotive Limited

Plastic Omnium - Level 3 MultiSkilled Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

Plastic Omnium Automotive Limited (Employer)

Eef Apprentices and Skills (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £221.64
42.0 hours per week Year 1 Monday - Thursday 8.00am - 4.30pm and Friday 8.00am - 12.30pm, from Year 2, Continental Shifts.
42 months (duration)
1 March 2022(start date)
Engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
15 February 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

We are searching for 2 apprentices, who relish a challenge, to join our maintenance team within our state-of-the-art automotive factory. You will be trained to perform both preventative and reactive maintenance tasks to minimise any potential downtimes of the factory.


Fancy a challenge? Join the automotive revolution within a group that puts innovation at the heart of its strategy.

With 31,000 employees in 25 countries and a turnover of 7.7 billion euros in 2020, Plastic Omnium is the world leader in intelligent body systems, clean energy systems and front-end modules.

Our ambition? Provide car manufacturers with cutting-edge equipment and solutions to develop the clean and connected car of tomorrow. We have two multi-skilled maintenance engineering apprenticeship roles at Plastic Omnium's Edison Road plant.

The car is an adventure. An adventure promising freedom, industry and technological challenges. The car today is in transformation. Cleaner, safer and more connected, it points to the future of a more sustainable mobility. And at Plastic Omnium, we are innovating to shape it. We are making exterior parts and systems smarter. We are designing clean energy systems. And in the future, our connected modules will be an integral part of the autonomous car.

We are searching for 2 apprentices, who relish a challenge, to join our maintenance team within our state-of-the-art automotive factory.

As a multi-skilled maintenance apprentice, you will be trained to diagnose and fix any issues that arise. These will cover:

  • Pneumatic
  • Hydraulics
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Programming (PLC)
  • Robotics

A standard day will be split between preventative and reactive maintenance, ensuring that any machine downtime is kept to a minimum. As you progress through your apprenticeship, the role will evolve into the following role:

Ensure that all machinery is kept in a functional and in a safe condition by dealing with curative and preventive maintenance in close link with the production teams and following quality and productivity standards and HSE rules. Handle all maintenance requirements, performing daily and weekly maintenance activities. Manage the spares system and support new installations required to improve manufacturing performance.

Main Activities:

  • Provide a rapid response to breakdowns and repair accordingly
  • Perform daily and weekly maintenance planned activities
  • Maintain and improve OEE for equipment on systems and manage and maintain Planned Preventative Maintenance system
  • Ensure preventive maintenance of all machinery
  • Check spare part stocks in consignment warehouse
  • Comply with current operating instructions
  • Contribute to TPM process
  • Record consumables in appropriate systems
  • Manage the spares system for all equipment
  • Support new installations required to improve performance
  • Ensure that all utility equipment operates in a safe manner and exceeds current legislation

As an apprentice, you will be supported by both a mentor in company and your training and development adviser from Make UK, in order to ensure that you have the best possible chance to grow into a confident and competent maintenance engineer. As you complete each year of your apprenticeships, you can look forward to regular pay reviews and further training opportunities.

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone with a passion for engineering. We are looking for successful candidates to begin ASAP, so when you apply, please ensure that you have finished your GCSEs, or equivalent, and are able to join us in February.

Future Prospects

Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will become a multi-skilled maintenance engineer. This could lead on to field service engineering, team leading or management.

Reality Check

Due to the fact that the factory runs 24 hours per day, this maintenance role, once you are not actively attending the training provider, will be on a continental shift pattern, working 4 days on then having 4 days off, doing both day and night shifts.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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Skills Required

  • Have good computer literacy skills, including a working knowledge of Word and Excel
  • Be strong communicator with the ability to express ideas and receive and exchange information clearly
  • Have the ability to showcase critical thinking, and the ability to identify alternatives to current thinking, in order to develop and implement innovative solutions to problems
  • Be committed, and hardworking, willing to invest in their own future with this great opportunity

Qualities Required

  • Team player
  • Self-motivated
  • Trustworthy
  • Honest
  • Punctual
  • Conscientious, with good attention to detail

Qualifications Required

5 GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade 4 / C or above, to include maths and English language. Science or an engineering based qualification would be advantageous.

Training Provided

This 4 year programme will include:

  • Engineering Basic Skills training and off the job full time at Make UK in Aston, Birmingham
  • NVQ Level 3 in Engineering
  • A Technical Certificate (BTEC Diploma Level 3 in Engineering)
  • In house training in line with your requirements
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