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Higher Engineering Apprenticeship in Product Design and Development

Perkins Engines Company Ltd
Perkins Engines (Peterborough) wish to recruit Higher Engineering Apprentices to start with us in August / September 2018. We are looking for bright, committed and enthusiastic people who will play a key role in the future of our company.

Perkins Engines Company Ltd - Employer

Based in Peterborough and with a history stretching back more than 85 years, Perkins is one of the world’s leading providers of diesel and gas engines. We aim to set standards of engineering excellence, providing the most comprehensive range of innovative and reliable power solutions, tailored to meet the precise requirements of our customers.

Across the ranges, there are Perkins Engines designed to meet all emission standards and performance requirements in more than 800 applications.

Perkins is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunities Employer (EEO).

Perkins Engines Company Ltd


3 - 4 Years

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Job Summary

£ Competitive
New Vacancy
Engineering & Manufacturing
Perkins Engines Company Ltd

Detailed Job Description

Perkins Engines (Peterborough) wish to recruit Higher Engineering Apprentices to start with us in August / September 2018. We are looking for bright, committed and enthusiastic people who will play a key role in the future of our company.

Perkins Engines has the capacity to produce over 800,000 engines every year and is part of Caterpillar Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. With over 85 years of business excellence and experience, there are endless global career opportunities for those willing to work hard and progress within the organisation.

Our Apprenticeship combines college-based learning with on-the-job work experience to give you insight into various engineering job roles within a large business.

This four-year Apprenticeship will combine real, invaluable work experience with college-based academic learning. The apprenticeship develops individuals into technical areas such as:

  • Product Engineering and Development

Perkins’ Peterborough site is home to both the Caterpillar Europe Research & Development Centre (CERDC) and Industrial Power Systems Division - Medium Engines Product Engineering and Development (IPSD-M).

CERDC is a state-of-the-art facility that utilises technical specialists to identify, build and perfect the technologies and solutions. The Product Engineering and Development organisation employ these technologies and solutions to provide class leading power systems to both Caterpillar and Other OEM’s.

At Perkins Engines you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from a world-wide network of top class Engineers. In addition you will have the opportunity to witness the development of, for mass production, diesel engines, their associated after-treatment and their integration into machines used in power generation, construction, mining agriculture and marine. Caterpillar invests more than $2 billion a year in research and development which drives our exploration and application of sustainable technology in products that our customers use to be successful.

  • Research and Development

Electronic and Electrical Systems Team: Our Electronic and Electrical Engineers focus on the integration, development, application and validation of electrical and electronic control systems for Caterpillar’s diesel engines or construction machine products. This work is invaluable in helping Caterpillar differentiate its products from its competitors by enabling exceptional performance and value to the customer. As a member of the team, through project work, you will gain exposure to system specifications, embedded software design and development, control system modelling and analysis, component selection and validation, system level development and validation, product health analysis or quality issue resolution.

  • Cost Engineering

Cost Engineers work across multiple business functions and provide leadership, strategy and dedicated cost management expertise to influence and drive Caterpillar’ cost management process. Cost Engineers have an in depth understanding of multiple manufacturing processes both internally and in the supply base. Cost engineers works closely with the Design and the Purchasing Teams to ensure that the design is optimised and sourced at the most competitive cost whilst meeting performance and quality expectations. This includes close collaboration with Manufacturing and Supply Chain functions to ensure that the whole value chain is optimised.

  • Commercial Management

Engineers within the Commercial Management Team work closely with Caterpillar’s customers to select appropriate engines for their application, to ensure their engine installation meets the necessary guidelines and to manage any technical issues that arise during development. When the machine is in full production, these Engineers drive factory quality performance and engine system reliability and durability in the field to exceed the expectations of the customer. In order to be successful Commercial Engineers will form excellent working relationships with Caterpillar’s global customer base, our suppliers and with multiple internal departments. Members of the team will develop strong communication, issue management, technical problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills. Apprentices recruited into this role will potentially be required to travel on an adhoc basis.

Throughout this apprenticeship, you will study a Level 4 Engineering qualification – including a BTEC HNC in Engineering (either Mechanical, Manufacturing Engineering or Electrical/ Electronics) and a Level 4 NVQ Diploma, which will evidence on-the-job competency.

On completion of the Apprenticeship Scheme, you will receive your apprenticeship certificate and qualifications will be accredited.

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

5 GCSEs (or academic equivalents) at Grade C/Level 4 or above.

Must include:

  • Maths & English.
  • A Science or Engineering subject

Plus at least one of the following:

  • 2 A-Levels – Maths & Science/Engineering subject (Grade C or above)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Diploma in an Engineering Discipline
  • ‘Access to HE’ Qualification in an Engineering discipline

NOTE: You can apply with predicted grades. If you’re successful at the interview stage, the job offer will be conditional on you achieving the required grades before September.

Skills required

  • Be interested in mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • (Desirable) Extra-curricular activities, such as voluntary work or part time job
  • (Desirable) Experience in a Manufacturing environment

Personal Qualities

  • Be strongly motivated to want to achieve an apprenticeship in engineering
  • Have a good attendance record at school, college or work
  • Possess good written and verbal communication skills and demonstrate values and behaviours
  • Naturally inquisitive when it comes to understanding how things are made and function
  • Ability to create and maintain professional relationships, be naturally outgoing

Future prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you are very likely to be offered the opportunity to join an elite team and move onto the first skilled pay grade, as a full-time employee, with plenty of opportunity for long-term progression.

Depending on business needs and the level of competence you show, you may also get the chance to study for a degree relevant to your career advancement or equivalent qualification to help you further progress your skills and development.

Former apprentices now occupy many senior management positions within the organisation as career development is a key part of our apprenticeship scheme.

Additional Information

Training provided

EAL Level 4 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Manufacture

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering Manufacture

If you are successful in securing an interview for this position, you will be required to attend a pre-interview at Peterborough Regional College.

Peterborough Regional College - Learning Provider

For more information about this vacancy please contact the provider Peterborough Regional College on 01733 762121 or email: (Ref ID:80387)
Peterborough Regional College


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