As an Automation Engineering apprentice, you will gain hands-on experience in working with the equipment and systems in our facilities as well as gaining in-depth knowledge of automation systems including in-depth level programming skills. Academically you will obtain a BSc Degree in Controls Engineering.
During the 1st year of the Apprenticeship you will work Monday – Friday at Tameside college in Manchester. You will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering processes during this period. In years 2-3 you will return to an Amazon Fulfilment Centre and work with the engineering teams, on shift as necessary, to gain the knowledge and skills and behaviours required for the apprenticeship.
In addition, you will attend the Siemens training centre in Manchester and college on a block-release basis to gain in-depth automation knowledge and complete the required HNC/D qualification. In year 4 of the apprenticeship you will complete a substantial work-based project and attend Salford university to achieve a Bsc (hons) in Controls Engineering.
What qualifications will apprentices receive?
- HNC/D in Electrical/Electronic/Controls Engineering
- Bachelor’s Degree in Controls Engineering
- L6 Control Technical Support apprenticeship standard
On completion of the apprenticeship graduates will have the necessary qualifications to obtain IEng. status with either the IET or IMechE.
Amazon is the perfect place to start your career in controls and automation engineering. As one of the world’s largest retail companies, we have an unrivalled range of equipment, technologies, and facilities; there are a huge variety of projects you can work on during the apprenticeship. You will be working as part of a wider team so your ability to communicate to stakeholders is important. You will also display a passion for problem solving. Finally, you will need to be able to work independently as well as being able to effectively collaborate as part of a group.
You will build your skills over a 48-month period - starting in September - that will include: ·
- Classroom based training hosted offsite
- On-the-job training program, delivered by our specialist teams
- Mentoring from our Automation engineers.
Alongside extensive development of your technical skills, you will also grow your abilities in crucial complementary areas like organisation, prioritisation, data analysis and problem-solving techniques, teamwork, communication, and presentation skills.
Year 1 is full time residential (classroom training) at one of our providers’ facilities, this will be in Manchester. As a result, you may be required to travel to the accommodation on a Sunday and to work away from home until Friday each week during term time (costs will be supported by Amazon) this is combined with short periods working at one of our Fulfilment Centres. This will give you a thorough and detailed insight into the work of the RME team as well as the basic skills necessary before working on our equipment. Subsequent years will comprise on-the-job training in a Fulfilment Centre, while concurrently completing academic training towards an HNC Engineering qualification. Not only will you receive invaluable learning, development, and professional experience, you will also gain a number of externally recognised qualifications.
In year 4 you will complete a substantial work-based project and attend Salford University on block release to achieve your Bachelor’s Degree in Controls and Automation Engineering. You will graduate into an Automation Engineering position on successful completion of the program, where we will continue your development and growth within the business.
Qualifications: Level 6 Control Technical Support apprenticeship plus a BSc in Controls Engineering and an HNC/D in Electrical/Controls Engineering
Required Skills & Qualifications
5 x GCSEs (including Maths and English) plus 2 x A levels (or equivalent) at C/4 or above in either Mathematics, IT, Physics or an Engineering related subject, OR have completed a BTEC level 3 engineering qualification of 180 credits which must include further mathematics, OR have a maintenance or engineering HNC/D qualification.
You must NOT already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same or higher level than this apprenticeship