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Mechanical Maintenance (Level 3) apprenticeships


There are numerous mechanical maintenance roles on site such as working on the steam powered heating systems, servicing, checking and hanging filters within vacuum pumps, bearing checks and heat and vibration level checks on motors.

What does a typical day look like?

As a mechanical maintenance apprentice you will learn the basics of hand tools then move onto learning the operations of various machines such as milling machines, pillar drill and lathes.  You will pick up a variety of skills including setting up rigs, maintenance and set up of  basic pipe fittings, and making crank sets and frost coils. Other tasks will include disassembling and reassembling equipment such as vacuum pumps, Ogden pumps and calorifiers.  Further experience gained during your apprenticeship will include using hydraulic lifting equipment, cranes, compressed air, heater batteries and air ventilation systems.

Comparable skills/interests:

Mechanical Maintenance may appeal to you if you enjoy:
• Understanding how mechanical assemblies work
• Understanding how heating, ventilation and cooling systems work
• Understanding the operation and maintenance of rotating plant and equipment
• Problem solving activities
• Being hands on
• Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

Fundamental skills required for the role:

You'll need to demonstrate:
•  A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
• Computer literacy (PC)
• Excellent team working skills 
• Good communication skills
• Awareness of health and safety
• The ability to follow instructions
• The ability to concentrate for long periods
• A real passion for this type of work 

Entry Requirements:

Preferably GCSE in Math and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Qualifications achieved during the apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Technical certificate)
  • Level 2 English, Maths & ICT (Functional Skills) – If required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Process Safety Awareness Certificate

Duration of training: 3-4 Years

Starting salary: £10500