Quality Engineering Apprentice (L3)

Employer: Kimber Drop Forgings

Apprenticeship level: Advanced

Apprenticeship duration: 2 years

Possible start date: 1st August 2018

Working week: Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm (1.00pm finish Fridays). 37 hours per week

This apprenticeship is to learn all aspects of Quality Assurance and Quality Control and to become an integral part of the Quality Department.


  • Investigation of quality problems (Product, System and Process)
  • Understand and apply customer standards
  • Inspect, Test or Measure materials/component parts using a variety of measuring tools to include:
  • Digital micrometers
  • Height Gauges
  • Digital Calipers
  • Record and report inspection/test data
  • Compile and report Measurable data including:
  • Statistical Process Control report (SPC)
  • Initial Sample Inspection Reports (ISIR)
  • Process Capability (CAP)
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Work with Customers and Suppliers

Desired skills:

  • A strong and confident background in mechanical engineering to this level
  • Aptitude for problem solving and rectifying
  • Pleasant manner - customer focused
  • Good written and verbal communications
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Comfortable working in an office and workplace/shop floor environment
  • Any previous quality experience would be an advantage but not necessary
  • Ability to react and contribute to quality related situations

Personal qualities:

  • A can-do and want-to attitude
  • Desire to learn and work towards a successful career
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to work independently and with other team members
  • Attention to detail
  • Confident

Desired qualifications:

  • Minimum Level 2 Engineering Apprenticeship (PEO)
  • 4 x GCSEs at Grades A-C (4 and above) in English, Maths, Science and ICT or equivalent qualifications (Functional Skills Level 2 for English, Maths and ICT)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office or equivalent


NVQ Level 3 Tech Support – Quality Pathway

  • A competence based qualification i.e. NVQ/QCF
  • A knowledge based qualification i.e. Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills Level 2 English, Maths, and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking skills
  • Full in company training on all practical and technical aspects of the job role to include:
  • Company Induction
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Ongoing Professional Development

Apprenticeship framework: Engineering Manufacture (Craft and Technician)