Controls system engineering apprentice at Amazon

Start Date:
West Midlands
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
Review Date:
March 2018

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


This apprenticeship involves learning the knowledge and training the skills to become a controls system engineer. The first year is spent studying at college for an engineering foundation level 2 and several units of an electrical engineering HND qualification. The lecturers at the college are usually helpful and amazon managers always provide support when required. Following years are spent in the workplace at an Amazon FC with block release to achieve the academic and training requirements.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


In the first year, you learn how to perform basic engineering tasks, such as hand fitting and electrical wiring; as well as, basic electrical engineering theory, such as DC and AC circuit theory and mathematics.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy this programme because I always wanted to become an engineer and learn the set of skills required to apply science in the real world by making devices and equipment that help us and improve our living standards. This programme allows you to build strong work ethic and learn to work in teams.

4. How valued do you feel by Amazon?


Amazon is a great company that is customer-centric and at the same time looks after everyone of its employees.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is well structured but still has some issues because it is the first year Amazon is taking on a degree apprenticeship. Siemens is the training provider and the first year is spent in Trafford college that has not yet organised the engineering foundations level 2 due to the management problems at the college.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


The training provider, Siemens, is always available to help and solve any issues at any time.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The employer, Amazon, is always accessible and the attitudes towards us are positive to guide us through the apprenticeship.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


The salary is premium and the benefit package is oustanding.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


The are many opportunities to have fun and pursue hobbies after a day in the workplace or college with such a salary.

9. Would you recommend Amazon to a friend?


9b. Why?

Great opportunity that leads to a fulfilling career that pays well and is very interesting for anyone that enjoys engineering.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Amazon?

Apply and try your best.

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