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Manufacturing Small


Mechatronics Apprenticeship, Level 3

Ubicación Peterborough, United Kingdom
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tipo de contrato Full time
Tipo de puesto Apprentice - Regular
ID de solicitud R0000240461

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Your Work Shapes the World at Caterpillar Inc.

When you join Caterpillar, you're joining a global team who cares not just about the work we do – but also about each other.  We are the makers, problem solvers, and future world builders who are creating stronger, more sustainable communities. We don't just talk about progress and innovation here – we make it happen, with our customers, where we work and live. Together, we are building a better world, so we can all enjoy living in it.

We are Caterpillar  

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that, because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure.  

We are Caterpillar. Are you? 

One Company, Limitless Opportunities  

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, off-highway diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. We do business on every continent, principally operating through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries, and Energy & Transportation – and providing financing and related services through our Financial Products segment. 

Careers at Caterpillar are limitless, we have opportunities in Engineering, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain and so much more. You can create the career you want. It’s your time and talent, make it count. 

The Apprenticeship  

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable, real-life experiences. 

We are looking for 11 apprentices to join our team located at our Peterborough facility (PE1 5FQ); 5 apprentices to join our Maintenance team and 6 apprentices to join our Research and Development team .  

Maintenance : Our maintenance team members are critical to our business’ success as they possess the technical skills and know-how to maintain our production equipment and facilities. Maintenance apprentices will use computerised systems to aid the completion of routine maintenance, diagnose equipment faults and carry out repairs in a timely manner. 

Research & Development : Our Peterborough facility is home to the Caterpillar Europe Research & Development Centre, a state-of-the-art facility that positions technical specialists where they are needed most to identify, build and perfect the technologies and solutions to help our customers be successful. Apprentices will build, rig, and test new technologies that have yet to be mass-produced.  

Our apprentices will: 

  • earn a competitive salary package, starting at c. £13,050 per year, 

  • receive 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, 

  • have access to a 5% annual bonus, a share scheme, a pension scheme, flexible benefits, flexible working opportunities and family-friendly policies. 

In collaboration with our partnered training provider, College of West Anglia (Wisbech Campus) , our 4-year advanced apprenticeship scheme will enable you to grow and develop your capabilities. Alongside on-the-job training supported by relatable mentors, apprentices will spend at least 20% of their working hours completing college-based learning leading to nationally recognised qualifications through the Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard, Mechatronics pathway :  

  • a Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

  • a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) Mechatronics Maintenance Technician , and 

  • a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).  

As part of this apprenticeship, apprentices are required to attend college on a day release basis, and therefore will be required to travel.  

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices can apply the appropriate level of EngTech (Engineering Technician) professional registration status

The Experience  

All apprentices will take part in a rotational training programme in the first year of the apprenticeship. This structure is designed to allow apprentices to experience different functions within Maintenance and Research & Development. Apprentices will then be given the choice to express interest in the function they wish to specialise in. Once the apprentice specialises, they will be embedded into the relevant team solving real world problems.  Work may include but not be limited to: 

  • Mechanical & electrical maintenance of plant machinery. 

  • Robotic & automation understanding. 

  • Exposure to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. 

  • Exposure to the assembly, test, and finish of our engines. 

  • Engine build & rigging activities. 

  • Engine & transmission testing. 

  • In field machine test & maintenance. 

  • Exposure to Electric vehicle & battery testing. 

Entry Requirement  

  • GCSEs: Five GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above including Maths, English and a Science or Engineering subject. 

OR completed one year full-time further education and achieved Performing Engineering Operations, Level 2 (6 units).  

  • A-Levels:  Not required. 

NOTE: Equivalent academic qualifications to the above requirements welcome. 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 2024. 

Our Culture  

There's more to work at Caterpillar than just the work itself. We hire smart, friendly people and it shows in our culture. We hold ourselves to high standards and make sure our values of integrity, excellence, teamwork commitment and sustainability come to life in the way we work.  

We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to innovation. We respect and value people with different opinions, experiences and backgrounds and believe that by working together, we can produce better results than any of us can achieve alone. Caterpillar is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. 

Our Sustainability Commitment  

Caterpillar has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, one of our five Values in Action. It is part of who we are and what we do. We actively lead sustainable green initiatives to preserve the environment, help reduce poverty with the Caterpillar Foundation and stay involved in the communities we help build. 

Post Apprenticeship  

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you are very likely to be offered a position within our world-class team with plenty of opportunity for long-term progression. Many of our former apprentices now occupy senior management roles within our organisation as career development is the foundation to all our apprenticeship schemes.  

We are passionate about our people and their development, and our professionally accredited apprenticeships schemes stand as testament to that. It’s your time and talent, make it counts. Join us today! 

Recruitment Timeline  

  Go Live:    January 21, 2024  

Closing Date:    March 3, 2024  

Interview Date (in-person):   April 2 to 8, 2024  

Engagement Day (in-person):   June 6, 2024 (provisional)  

Employment Start Date:    September 9, 2024 (provisional)  

The panel cannot make assumptions when shortlisting therefore please demonstrate your skills and experience on your application relevant to the criteria outlined.  

Pending the number of applications, the criteria for the position may be enhanced to facilitate shortlisting. 

NOTE: Only apply for a maximum of two apprenticeship schemes. You may be given the opportunity of being considered for other schemes at a later stage. 

Recruitment Process  

Stage one – Online Application : The first stage of the process is to complete the online application on or before the closing date. Your application will be assessed against the information you provide within your answers so, please take time to consider and construct your answer with detail and use the word count provided.  After the close date all application will be reviewed. This will take some time; however, all applications will receive a response.   

Stage two – Assessment Centre: The half day assessment centre will focus on a range of behaviours such as teamwork, decision-making, communication, and problem-solving. The assessment will comprise a group exercise, a competency-based interview, and a short presentation which will be prepared in advance. Details may vary depending on the specific role you are applying for. Our aim is to make these days fun, inclusive and as relaxed as possible.  

Stage three – Offer/ Feedback : After the assessment centre, the Caterpillar team will extend verbal offers to our chosen candidates, we aim to do this as quickly as possible.  Individual feedback will be offered to all candidates who attended the assessment centre.

We hold an Engagement Day for all new apprentices to provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow new starters across the facility before your employment start date. Apprentices will join the business in September 2024.  

We look forward to receiving your application to join Caterpillar. If you have a question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team on  

Posting Dates:

February 12, 2024 - March 3, 2024

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

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