Apprentice Software Engineer

  • Reference Number VAC001628630
  • Location Coventry
  • Salary Competitive
  • Position Type 4 Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 30/04/2020
  • The apprentice will spend 3/4 in the office and 1/4 on site. In the office the apprentice will be developing project and testing software. When on site will form part of a commissioning team and responsible for testing MCS equipment.

    Apprenticeship summary

    Working week

    Flexible start and finish times Monday – Thursday 8.5 hours Friday, shifts TBC

    Total hours per week: 40.00

    Possible start date

    01 Sep 2020

    Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

    Vacancy description

    In the first three months (in year 2) the apprentice will be given a small PLC and HMI project to complete with the assistance of a Senior Systems Engineer.

    This role will involve:

    • Drawing HMI Screens
    • Tagging
    • Creating Automatic PLC Code
    • Testing the project on the panel

    These skills will be developed for the duration of the apprenticeship while becoming increasingly competent in the role.

    MCS is able to provide experience with the 3 major manufacturers (Rockwell, Siemens and Mitsubishi) within a wide range of industries.

    Requirements and prospects

    Desired skills

    • IT literate

    Personal qualities

    • Enthusiastic
    • Friendly
    • Willing to learn

    Desired qualifications

    GCSE Science and maths grade 5/B or above with English Language and at least two other GCSEs at grade 4/C or above.

    Future prospects

    On completion of the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to carry on your education progressing onto an HNC.  Further to that you will be able to progress throughout MCS as they have an excellent track record of progression.  The former MD started as an apprentice and currently Framework Director, Design Director and Software Manager started as an apprentice.

    Things to consider

    Engineers will be expected to work away from home.  MCS will provide travel and accomodation.

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
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    About the employer


    MCS Control Systems Ltd

    Disability Confident

    Employer is not registered as Disability Confident


    To develop and successfully implement cost effective Software solutions for projects which meets the customer needs whilst meeting all relevant legislation and staying within budget.


    Unit 4

    Bayton Road, Phoenix Park


    CV7 9QN


    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

    Foundation Competency Unit Titles:

    • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
    • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
    • Using and communicating technical information
    • Conducting business improvement activities
    • Producing components using hand fitting techniques
    • Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
    • Assembling and testing fluid power systems
    • Producing mechanical assemblies
    • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
    • Preparing and using milling machines
    • Preparing and using industrial robots

    Development knowledge and skills unit titles:

    • Health and safety in the engineering workplace
    • Communications for engineering technicians
    • Mathematics for engineering technicians
    • Applications of mechanical systems in engineering
    • Engineering organisational efficiency and improvement
    • Computer aided design (CAD) techniques
    • Application and principles of programmable logic controllers (PLCs)
    • Maintenance of mechanical systems
    • Electro, pneumatic and hydraulic systems and devices

    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 4 – 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 extended diploma qualification. This will include 16 weeks of block training over the 3-year period and an end point assessment. The development knowledge units below will be completed during years 2 and 3 and end point assessment in year 4.

    Development knowledge and skills unit titles:

    • Engineering project
    • Maintenance of fluid power systems and components
    • Further mathematics for engineering technicians
    • Computer numerical control (CNC) programming/machining
    • Mechanical measurement and inspection techniques
    • Industrial robot technology

    Level 3 Development Competence:

    Apprentices will spend 6-12 months gaining new skills and competence in the workplace in which assessments will be carried out by a member of the MTC team or partner. 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 units and workplace assessments, 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, Product Design and Development Apprenticeship standard.

    The Level 3 Apprenticeship completion will meet the entry criteria for the apprentice to progress onto a Level 6 BEng (Hons) Product Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship.


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