Apprentice Mechanical Engineering Technician (L3)

Employer: GFSA Ltd

Apprenticeship level: Advanced

Apprenticeship duration: 2 years

Possible start date: 4th June 2018

Working week: Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm, 40 hours per week


  • To complete a programme of training to be conducted within GFSA Ltd. This programme will commence with a practical element, concluding with more technical duties.
  • To become proficient in the application and use of a wide range of Fabrication, Welding, Assembly and Machining type equipment and machinery. To understand the operations and processes within our business.
  • Fitting and assembly skills including the use of hand tools and marking out.
  • Welding, fabrication, Assembly, Turning, Milling, .
  • Sheet metalwork/thick plate work including shearing, sawing, folding, fabricating etc.
  • Measurement and inspection techniques using a variety of metrology equipment.
  • Training in the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) using proprietary software packages (Solid Works)
  • Have a full working knowledge of various quality standards used within the business and under supervision produce technical documents to satisfy internal and external customers’ requirements.
  • To be able to produce and deliver technical presentations to technical and non-technical persons, within and external to the business
  • Attendance at college on a full time followed by day release and evening class basis leading to recognised NVQ/Btec qualifications over a four year period.
  • Carrying out such tasks and duties as directed by the Training Manager/Works Foreman or Director that are calculated to contribute to the requisite levels of performance and competence.
  • To provide a record of completed work in the company issued log book, maintaining skill specification index as directed by the training manager.

Desired skills:

  • Demonstrable interest in an engineering discipline.
  • To be I.T. literate and familiar with Microsoft “Word”, “Excel” or equivalent software.
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately
  • Highly motivated, and enthusiastic about becoming a highly qualified and respected technical engineer
  • Aptitude for practical science or engineering skills

Personal qualities:

  • The ability to work as a team member and possess good interpersonal, communication and literacy skills.
  • To work with efficiency, accuracy and to be able to meet deadlines.
  • To be able to prioritise workload and work under own initiative.
  • High level of flexibility and dependability.
  • Passionate about always trying and working hard.

Desired qualifications:

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE’s or equivalent, at grade A* to B including Maths, English and a science related subject.
  • 2 A Levels or equivalent engineering subject would be desirable.
  • No prerequisite experience required but a demonstrable interest in mechanical engineering through school or hobby interests

Training provider:

Engineering – Technical Support Apprenticeship.

Full training will be provided on an ongoing daily basis and when required. You will be required to attend college premises 1 day a week working towards the Technical Support qualification. An assessor will be allocated to you to progress/help you through you course. Continual assessment for NVQ’s coupled with assignments/or exams depending on course of study. Time spent training will be part of the agreed contracted hours of the working week.

In addition, you will receive:

  • Company induction placements throughout the business
  • Ongoing personal development

Apprenticeship framework: Engineering Manufacture