Engineering Apprenticeship

  • Job Reference: FMC0006
  • Date Posted: 11 March 2020
  • Recruiter: Ford Motor Company
  • Location: Bedford
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering, Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Are you looking to develop your career in engineering in a dynamic and unique learning environment?  

An Advanced Apprenticeship with Ford Motor Company is an exciting opportunity to pursue practical work experience using world class technologies and processes, alongside academic learning.  We are looking for exceptional candidates with passion and enthusiasm to join our team of apprentices!

What’s in it for you?

  • A great salary increasing year on year
  • Annual holiday entitlement of twenty five days (twenty days set by the company), this is pro-rated in the first year
  • Access to our Employment Development and Assistance Programme (EDAP), which provides up to £300 per year for non-job-specific education, training and development
  • An opportunity to access the Company’s Privilege scheme, which enables the purchase of Ford vehicles at a discount
  • A good pension scheme for candidates aged 18 and over

About the role

  • You will complete your first 12-18 months off the job training at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) in Dagenham 
  • Your on the job training will take place at the relevant Ford operation (Dunton or Dagenham)

What will you gain?

  • You will complete a four year programme  for the attainment of:
    • A National Vocational Qualification at Level 2 and Level 3 
    • A BTEC level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering
    • A BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering
    • Functional Skills in Maths, English and Information Technology

To become part of our team, you will need:      

  • A minimum of 3 GCSE grades, including
    • English at grade C (Level 4) 
    • Maths at grade B (Level 6) 
    • Physics or Double Science at Grade C (Level 4)

  • Drive and initiative
  • A conscientious approach
  • Resilience
  • Adaptability
  • Problem solving skills
  • Openness and willingness to learn
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Three Trades to choose fro:

Tool Maker: 

As the name implies this is the trade of somebody that makes tools and equipment. However, in Ford this can expand also to include the making of experimental parts for production, research components and plant equipment. A Toolmaker typically uses metal working machines like Lathes, Mills, Grinders, Guillotines etc. to produce items to drawing specifications, meeting the quality required (within tolerance) and on time.

Mechanical Craftsperson: 

As the title implies this role has involvement in both mechanical & electrical engineering. Within Dunton/Dageham Mech/Elec trades persons could be in various roles, some of which follow:

  • Dyno Maintenance, where equipment used for the testing of engines is supported. This could be anything from fitting new parts i.e. motors, valves etc. to plumbing.
  • Estate maintenance, where skilled people are required to maintain parts of the infrastructure of the plant where the testing takes place. This could involve a myriad of different tasks from refurbishing or installing new plumbing systems, air conditioning systems, water treatment, fabricating steel work, etc.
  • Rig shop, this is where components are tested on specialised test rigs (mainly suspension and braking components). Mech/Elec personnel support this testing creating new hydraulic, pneumatic rigs to recreate component failures similar to that, that would be expected on a vehicle in use.

Vehicle Prototype Mechanics:

  • Fleet workshop, this is where experimental parts are fitted to vehicles for test. Vehicle Prototype Mechanics in this area could have either electrical or mechanical bias.
  • Dyno’s, this area is where experimental engines are tested in specialised testing cells where the vehicle prototype mechanic is responsible for following the testing procedure and identifying any issues/breakdowns that arise and using their training assist with resolving.
  • Emissions Laboratory, Vehicle Prototype mechanics in this area are responsible for ascertaining the total emissions output of vehicles. Testing of a vehicle on a rolling road to precise specifications.
  • Environmental Test Laboratory, is where vehicles are tested in certain environmental conditions, this could include temperature, humidity and altitude

Ford is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity for all and is opposed to any form of less favourable treatment or harassment on the grounds of sex, marital status, civil partnership status, parental status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief, gender reassignment and gender identity, age