Apprentice Workshop Technician (Mechanical)

Overview of Role

To provide machine shop support for the development and testing of new and innovative designs and technologies for gas abatement systems.

Full Description

The successful candidate would receive training to enable skills in the following areas:
  • Set-up and machine parts to specifications using manual and CNC machine tools such as lathes, milling machines etc.
  • Understand the practical and theoretical uses of the materials and machines used, and their applications.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, specifications and computer-generated information.
  • Understand the impact of tolerances in the design and cost of components.
  • Select and use a range of measuring and test equipment to check components’ quality and accuracy.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Keep a written and photo journal of completed work pieces and jobs.
  • Understand and follow safe working practices.
  • Be aware of and understand applicable health and safety aspects of working within machine shop and lab environments.
  • Understand a wide range of software as well as being IT literate in MS Excel, Word etc.

About the employer

Edwards (part of the Atlas Copco Group) is a leading global supplier of integrated solutions for the manufacture of semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • A clear interest in scientific and/or engineering principles.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good teamwork skills.
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to analyse information and apply knowledge to make suggestions.
  • Understand and follow safe working practises.
  • Ability to carry out tasks to a high quality, with minimal assistance and in a timely manner.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Ability to record data and information in a precise and clear manner.
  • A strong commitment to academic/college studies.

Due to the requirement to attend college on a regular basis, a full driving license and your own car would be an advantage.

Personal Qualities

  • Positive attitude and an ability to interact with other employees at all levels.
  • Dedicated to career advancement and keen to learn.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Methodical approach.
  • Mechanically minded.
  • Pro-active problem solver.
  • Creative.

Qualifications required

5 GCSEs - Math’s, English & Science at Grade 5-9 essential (or equivalent).

Working Week

37.5 hours per week


48 months. Full time college attendance, followed by day release from Edwards.

Future prospects

To become a fully qualified Development Workshop Technician with Edwards.

Other considerations

As with all apprenticeships, this requires a long-term commitment. There will be assignments and journal entries to complete as well as homework from college. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a top global engineering company, whilst you work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Please complete and return the application form as soon as possible, to so that the initial assessments maybe completed and that your details can be circulated.

Supplementary Application Form Questions

  1. How will you travel to Edwards and BEMA?

Organisation name: Edwards

Contact name: Bryan Young

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01454 321356

Contact website:

Type: Apprenticeships

Salary: £9.23 Per hour: – applicants must be 18 or over to apply.

Location: Edwards Ltd, Kenn Business Park, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6TH

Deadline for completed applications: Wednesday 31 August 2022

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