Plate Apprentice – Smulders Projects UK Limited


General Description

Do you want to learn an excellent trade at one of the biggest employers on the River Tyne? Are you looking for an apprenticeship after GCSEs? Are you considering an alternative to 6th form or college? Are you looking for a change in career? Various start dates of April and May.

Main Duties

What will the apprentice be doing?

The Apprentice Plater will be taught the following:

  • Tack welding
  • Cutting steel using oxy Acetylene equipment
  • Reading of and understanding of engineering drawings
  • ability to measure, mark off items of steel to reflect what drawing requires
  • Fabrication of assemblies to reflect what drawing requires
  • Using a variety of mechanical grinders. 5” 7” & 9”
  • Drilling using a mixture of Rota broach and pedestal drills
  • Using a mechanical “Quickie” burner and tubular burner
  • Have fully competency in usage of on site overhead cranes
  • Using a variety of measuring tools including dumpy levels and total station
  • Fork truck licence
  • Use of cherry picker or scissor lift if qualified
  • Basic rigging using pull lifts and chain blocks
  • Work at height
  • Full use of all PPE Boots/overalls/glasses/ear defenders/hard hat/air fed mask and gloves

Examples of Standard Job Functions

  • Demonstrate familiarity of knowledge of and compliance to safety practices, all Company procedures, technical standards and method statements to ensure implementation of best practise.
  • Be familiar with and apply all relevant risk assessments for the work in hand.
  • To conduct any other reasonable request from a Foreman/Supervisor.
  • Maintain a clean working environment.

Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Number skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Initiative
  • Physical fitness
Personal Qualities
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Number skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Logical
  • Team working
  • Initiative
  • Physical fitness
Desired Qualifications
  • GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade grade 4 minimum) essential
Future Prospects
  • On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice will be a timeserved Fabricator (plater)
  • The training experience at Smulders will proved the candidate with excellent fabrication skills
Things to Consider

This role may involve working out doors, working at heights and in confined spaces

About the Employer

In 2016, Smulders opened a new production facility in Newcastle upon Tyne. This facility is mostly used for the production and assembly of foundations and substations for offshore wind farms. Location Smulders Projects UK is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East England. The yard has an ideal location next to the Tyne with a direct access to the North Sea. The yard has 3 big construction areas with 3 load-out quays. Production facilities The yard in Newcastle covers 32 ha and has a covered production surface of 35,000 m², an open fabrication and assembly surface of 104,000 m². This yard is equipped with a set of gantry cranes (2 x 600 tons) and a large ring crane (1,600 tons). The yard is equipped such that it can handle structures that due to size and weight exceed the capacities of the Hoboken yard. Smulders Projects UK has a load-out capacity of 13,000 tons.

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  • Hadrian Yard
  • Hadrian Way
  • Wallsend
  • Tyne & Wear
  • NE28 6HL
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Yearly Wage

£12,844 a year

Expected Duration

42 months

Possible Start Date

24 May, 2024

Working Week

Monday – Thursday, 7.00am – 3.30pm and Friday, 7.00am – 3.00pm

Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

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