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Higher Level Engineering Apprentice - Belfast

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Date: 10-Jun-2019

Location: Belfast, GB

Company: Hovis

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Higher Level Engineering Apprentice to join our team at the Belfast site. 


The apprenticeship will involve obtaining a Foundation Degree in Mechatronic Engineering on a part time day release basis for 3 years which will be completed at SERC College.  It will involve working alongside our Engineering Team 4 days a week covering both Mechanical and Electrical disciplines. 


We are also open to applicants who are on the second year of the foundation degree course.


The Foundation Degree comprises a total of 14 modules which are delivered over 6 semesters and is structured as below:

Year 1 – Semester 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • CAD Techniques

Year 1 – Semester 2

  • Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals
  • Programming & Embedded Systems

Year 2 – Semester 1

  • Professional Studies
  • Automation, Robotics & PLCs

Year 2 – Semester 2

  • Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Analogue & Digital Electronics

Year 3 – Semester 1

  • Business Improvement Techniques

Year 3 – Semester 2

  • Work Based Learning




At recruitment stage/1st Year:

  • To communicate effectively with assessor, tutors and immediate team members
  • To enjoy working as part of a team and other apprentice/ students feeding back assignment/ work progress
  • To be willing to take on new tasks and procedures within the work environment and complete work and assignments to agreed timelines
  • To learn problem-solving techniques
  • To follow instructions with reference to a superior when necessary
  • To plan and organise daily tasks and assignments
  • To learn the baking process to understand the kit and its functionality in bread production
  • Have regular sessions with on site mentor


At 18 months in the role:

  • To communicate effectively with assessor, tutors, immediate team members, and other engineering/ manufacturing departments
  • To enjoy working as part of team and “buddy” other engineers
  • To feedback improvements on new tasks and procedures within the work environment and help to implement them
  • To apply problem-solving techniques
  • To follow instructions without reference to a superior on most occasions and only when necessary
  • To plan and organise weekly tasks and assignments


More than 3 years in the role:

  • To communicate effectively with immediate team members, all other departments within the site and contractors/ suppliers.
  • To contribute to achievement of team objectives.
  • To set up new procedures, obtain feedback for improvements,  implement them and review success
  • To be able to identify the appropriate problem-solving technique (like RCA, 4M and SMED, etc.) and apply it successfully
  • To follow instructions without reference to a superior on all occasions (excluding exceptional circumstances)
  • To plan and organise monthly tasks and projects
  • To complete work based project for dissertation and graduate with foundation degree.


Other Responsibilities:

  • To attend college and pass module related coursework and exams.
  • To conduct yourself in a safe and diligent manner and comply with health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Uphold and promote company policies and procedures, promoting those specifically to your area of work, including Equality and Diversity.
  • Keep up to date, so far as necessary, for the efficient executing of your job, with new legislation, procedures and techniques.
  • To be conversant with and participate in activities and developments relevant to the post.
  • To maintain strict confidentiality and discretion at all times.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required commensurate with the post.


Essential Criteria


  • 2 GCE A Levels to include a STEM subject or a L3 vocational qualification in Engineering or relevant discipline, equivalent to 56 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths Grade C and GCSE English Grade C or Pass in L2 Essential Skills Literacy
  • A keen interest in electrical and mechanical engineering.


Location:  Belfast

Type of Role:  Full Time, Permanent

Reporting To:  Continuous Improvement and Controls Engineering Manager

Closing Date:  24th June 2019

Hovis Limited are an Equal Opportunities Employer and Welcome Applications From all Sections of the Community.

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