Apprentice PLC/SCADA Software

  • Reference Number VAC001620640
  • Location Coventry
  • Salary £155.63 per week
  • Position Type 4 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 30/03/2020
  • The role consists of an array of disciplines, not limited to: PLC software code generation, SCADA/HMI application development, Technical document development, commissioning, working with new and innovative technologies.

    Working week

    Monday – Friday (inc) *8:30am – *4:30pm *Flexible working is permitted with mandatory core hours

    Total hours per week: 37.50

    Possible start date

    01 Sep 2020

    Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

    Vacancy description

    An excellent opportunity to work at the top System Integrator in the country. We are looking to offer the right candidate the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship in engineering, whilst working as PLC/SCADA software engineer.

    We will support you in developing your knowledge of the fundamental skills and software development methodologies you will be using on a daily basis.

    You will work closely with other software engineers to further your development whilst working within a team.

    The role consists of an array of disciplines, not limited to:

    • PLC software code generation
    • SCADA/HMI application development
    • Technical document development
    • Commissioning
    • Working with new and innovative technologies

    We have successfully worked with apprentices in the past who are still employed with us as we are a company who understand the importance of a work/life balance.

    Requirements and prospects

    Desired skills

    • Can show logical thinking/reasoning skills
    • Motivated and reliable individual

    Personal qualities

    • The ideal candidate should be committed and hardworking with a positive attitude towards learning

    Desired qualifications

    • GCSE grade A (7) or above in Maths or equivalent
    • GCSE grade B (6) or above in English or equivalent
    • 3 other GCSEs grade C (4) or above or equivalent

    Future prospects

    Following successful completion of the apprenticeship it is likely a full time position will be offered.

    About the employer


    Cougar Automation Limited


    Cougar Automation Ltd is a well-established, reliable and sought-after supplier of System Integration Services. For more than 25 years, we’ve continued to be passionate about providing you with unprecedented customer service from people who care.


    Binley Innovation Centre Unit 36

    Binley Business Park, Harry Weston Road


    CV3 2TX


    Training provider



    • Susan Reilly
    • 02476 647564

    Training to be provided

    Year 1.

    Foundation Phase:

    • Full time based at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC), September 2020 – August 2021 (returning to employer during holiday periods)
    • Foundation Competency and Development Knowledge training
    • Gateway Assessment

    Upon completion of the 1st year of study all apprentices will be required to complete and pass their Gateway Assessment, prior to returning to their employer for year 2.

    Year’s 2 and 3 – In the workplace.

    Development Phase:

    Apprentices in years 2 and 3 of their apprenticeship will return to work from August 2021 onwards. All apprentices will return to the AMTC to complete a block release programme to deliver the remaining units of the Diploma Qualification.

    Level 3 Development Competence:

    Apprentices will spend 12-24 months gaining new skills and competence in the workplace in which assessments will be carried out by a member of the AMTC team. This will ensure the apprentice can meet the requirements of the second gateway assessment prior to the end point assessment.

    End Point Assessment:

    Upon Completion of the above components, all apprentices will undertake an end point assessment when they have successfully completed the Gateway 2 Assessment. The End Point assessment is to be carried out at an impartial assessment centre and arranged via the AMTC.

    The apprentice upon successful completion of the end point assessment will be awarded a certificate for the Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.


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