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Apprentice Engineer - SGA TECHNOLOGIES LTD



11th December 2023

Employer description

SGA Technologies ltd are a manufacturing company, making glass to metal seals and technical plating. SGA is a relatively small company. The candidate will be office based, but will need to work with factory environment for 40-50% of the time working on products and testing. We have three sites 2 in Saffron Walden and one in Newmarket. This position is only for Saffron Walden.

Main description

Main Duties:

Investigating and helping to solve production problems including:

  • Yield issues
  • Quality issues
  • Process issues
  • Customer issues

These may be addressed by:

  • Data collection and analysis
  • Testing (developing and implementing test strategies whilst recording and analysing results)
  • Supporting implementation of Equipment and process improvements


  • Supporting the more complex aspects of testing (product) within the business


  • Producing, and supporting the production of, documentation such as operating instructions, work instructions and safety instructions etc.

Data analysis:

  • Collecting and analysing engineering data such as yields and test data


Use of computer aided design to produce drawings and models to support all aspects of the business including:

  • New products
  • Product improvement
  • Equipment
  • Facilities

NPI (new product introduction):

  • Becoming involved in product design
  • Preproduction testing and prototype production
  • Documentation
  • Supporting verification and validation 


Technical support of quality function including:

  • Supporting production of FAI (first article inspection) reports
  • Supporting production of PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) documentation and submissions
  • Supporting investigations of customer claims and returns

This is a, potentially, non-exhaustive list of a general engineering function. As the apprenticeship progresses the apprentice may “concentrate” on a more specific function, i.e.

  • Production engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Development/NPI engineer
  • Quality engineer 

Training to be provided

The learner will be studying the Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification
After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications

Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) –Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)

Day release to West Suffolk College.
Functional skills will be studied if equivalent qualifications are not held.

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent 5 Subjects, including Maths and English (Grade 5-9) Essential

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative

Things to consider

The learner is required to be able to address the full range and lifecycle of engineering within the business. Having said that it may well be that certain specialisms are focused on by specific engineers.

Future prospects

An engineering apprentice at SGA is envisaged as progressing to a fully rounded engineer over the period of the apprenticeship. This is expected to also result in a general engineering qualification of at least HNC level (or equivalent).

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 31/03/2024




This job is located in Saffron Walden, Essex

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