Apprentice Automation and Assembly Engineer

  • Reference Number VAC001616304
  • Location Tamworth
  • Salary £10000 per annum
  • Position Type 4 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 30/04/2020
  • Excellent opportunity to work for a world leading design and manufacturer of precision work holding and special tooling. The apprenticeship covers a wide range of training from Conventional and CNC machining training through complex hydraulic assembly, automation, Robotics and Design.

    Working week

      • 8.00am to 4.30pm Monday through Thursday, 8.00am to 3.30pm Fridays, totalling 39 hours. Lunch is taken 12.30 to 1.00pm each day.
      • Total hours per week: 39.00


    1 available

    Vacancy description

    The role of Automation and Assembly engineer offers detailed training in all aspects of assembly from manual jigs, fixtures through to complex automated solutions and Robotics.

    All aspects of assembly will be covered within the apprenticeship from simple assemblies through to complex pneumatic, hydraulic and electronically controlled fixturing and special purpose machine tool solutions.

    A good understanding of machining principles will be taught during the apprenticeship.

    At the end of the apprenticeship a sound knowledge of engineering assembly drawings combined with understanding pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical circuit diagrams will be gained.

    The ability to problem solve and to work within a team environment and on one’s own self both on and offsite will be gained.

    Requirements and prospects

    Desired skills

    Computer literate, confident to work within a team.

    Personal qualities

    • Good time keeping
    • Honest
    • Reliable
    • Committed to succeed

    Desired qualifications

    GCSE’s in computing, maths and English level 4 (Grade C) or above or equivalent qualifications.

    Future prospects

    After progressing into a fully time served skilled automation assembly engineer, the progression opportunities are dependent on each individual, but we recognise talent and would look to develop their careers to support them and to meet the needs of the business.

    Things to consider

    Location being at Tamworth.

    Salary will increase each year of completion of the apprenticeship.

    Several projects are foreign customers so the willingness and confidence to travel and work abroad is essential.

    Brown and Holmes specialises in the design and manufacture of superior quality work holding solutions, producing 3D printed prototypes and delivering both precision machining and sub-contract machining solutions.

    About the employer

    Founded in 1939, when two draughtsmen from Coventry went into business together, we are now celebrating over 80 years in business and are based across two sites in Tamworth, UK.

    Our first site on Apollo Park contains a wide range of traditional machinery from which offer high quality workholding, automation, mechanical handling and precision machining

    services. Our capacity list includes 5 axis machines, CNC machines, horizontals, verticals, EDMs and lathes. We work in a wide range of materials including aluminium, mild steel and titanium.

    The second site, on Anders has a robot demonstration area, a dedicated assembly, test and inspection facility plus equipment to provide specialist 10 tonne lifting capabilities. It also houses our own Apprenticeship training centre and 3D printers. 3D printed prototypes can also made in different materials including carbon fibre, polyurethane, thermoplastics, acrylics and polymers.

    Brown and Holmes also has a range of internationally renowned products that offer complementary technology to our workholding, handling and automation solutions. These include Atling self-centering steady rests, Techman robots, Tsudakoma rotary index tables, Swisschucks precision power chucks, Mytec expanding clamp tools and Fresmak ARNOLD high pressure vices.

    We supply our solutions and products to many different sectors including companies from automotive, aerospace, power generation, nuclear, defence construction, medical, pharmaceutical and machine tool industries. We have a wide range of end users and sub-contractors who are based nationally within the UK and Ireland in addition to our exports across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and America.

    A great deal of our success can be attributed to our commitment to training. Many employees have been with the company since starting work and we train new apprentices every year in our own Apprenticeship School.



    Lichfield Road Industrial Estate


    B79 7TA


    Training provider



    • Susan Reilly
    • 02476 647564

    Training to be provided

    Level 3 Engineering Technician.

    • BTEC level 2 foundation competence
    • BTEC level 3 development competence
    • BTEC level 3 development technical knowledge

    Apprenticeship standard

    Engineering Technician

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