Apprentice Design & Development Engineer (Elfab)

General Description

The role will allow the apprentices to learn and develop new skills within a range of engineering, technical and design expertise. Duties include: concept feasibility, design, development, launch and production. Additional activities will include rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and performance analysis

Main Duties

What will the apprentice be doing?

Reporting to an Engineer Lead, the engineering apprentice will have the opportunity to develop both a practical and academic understanding of engineering. Throughout the apprenticeship, engineers at the beginning of their career will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and learning to various business initiatives and engineering programs.

The engineering apprentices primarily work on all stages of product creation and modification. They support activities ranging from early concept feasibility, design and development stages right through to final preparation for launch and customers. This includes working on rapid prototyping, assembly, testing, validating and analysing performance. Typically working closely with engineers to bring new concepts to life or supporting redesigns of existing products.


Developing skills within an engineering apprenticeship will allow you to be involved in complex work. You will learn to be able to:

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Develop a commitment to continued professional development


Learning Specific Specialist Knowledge:

  • understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a product design and development environment
  • understand material applications and methods of testing (destructive and non- destructive)
  • understand Computer Aided Design (CAD) methods and applications
  • understand material joining applications and systems
  • understand mechanical, electrical, electronic and process control systems
  • understand measurement, monitoring, testing and diagnostic methods and techniques

Learning Specific Specialist Skills:

  • read and interpret relevant data and documentation used in the design and development of components, assemblies and systems
  • produce components and prototypes using a wide range of hand fitting techniques
  • produce assemblies and jigs using a range of materials and techniques
  • prepare and using lathes, milling machines, as well as other general or specialist high technology equipment such as 3D printing/additive manufacturing techniques
  • use a range of mechanical, electrical and electronic testing devices and equipment
  • apply mechanical principles and joining techniques to develop products, devices and equipment
  • apply electrical and electronic principles to develop products devices and equipment
  • identify, diagnose and rectify design problems through the whole creation process including design studio, workshops, test environments or under laboratory conditions
  • contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedure

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Technical Support.
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Initiative
Personal Qualities
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Administrative skills
  • Number skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Initiative
Desired Qualifications
  • GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade grade 4 minimum) essential
Future Prospects

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage, gain valuable work experience and industry specific competence.
  • Potential for full time employment on successful completion of the apprenticeship.
  • Transferable skills that are invaluable in the wider world of work.

About the Employer

Based in North Shields and USA, Elfab are a leading provider of pressure relief solutions worldwide. Basically bursting disks. They manufacture Pressure Relief Safety Devices, Pressure relief bursting discs, rupture discs, bursting panels, OEM discs, explosion vents and detecting devices Our Purpose is ‘Protecting life. Solutions for a safer, cleaner world.’ Following this purpose, we offer products and services related to all aspects of pressure management. We manufacture rupture discs, explosion vents and burst detection systems to protect people, plant and the environment around the world. Our services include specialised engineering and design consultation, product training seminars, site surveys and a stock consolidation programme. Our manufacturing facilities in Broken Arrow (USA) and North Shields (UK) are supported by six regional sales offices and over sixty approved representatives worldwide.

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Alder Road

West Chirton Industrial Estate

North Shields Tyne & Wear

NE29 8SD

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Yearly Wage

£14,560 a year

Expected Duration

42 months

Possible Start Date

22 Apr, 2024

Working Week

Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm

Total hours per week: 37.5 hours a week

Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

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Closing date: 19 Apr, 2024

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