Control Technician Degree Apprenticeship at BMW Group

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Control Technician Degree Apprenticeship

BMW Hams Hall is a modern, high volume and complex automotive engine manufacturing site consisting of an engine component machining hall and an engine assembly hall providing engines for the BMW network.

The training given during your apprenticeship covers the study of state of the art automotive production technology, as well as the latest innovations in manufacturing techniques which are constantly developing in line with new emerging technologies, including: Electrical Control, PLC systems & Robots automation, Integrated Process Planning, IT & Data base system, Quality Control and Production Validation.

When it comes to selecting the right apprentices, it’s as much about attitude and behaviours as it is about vocational and academic success. That’s why in addition to the qualifications we require from you, we’ll also look for you to have a range of skills, attributes and behaviours. These include: team working, as well as the ability to work without close supervision; quality focus; good communication skills; showing enthusiasm and initiative; and responsibility and accountability for your work.

This training takes place at Plant Hams Hall and a local college.

Apprenticeship Programme and Career Development:

BMW offers an enhanced level 6 degree apprenticeship. The four year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology including: robotics, controls systems, machining, fluid power, electronics, systems control and many more.

The first year of the program is purely in a learning environment where in addition to starting the academic requirements of your program in engineering mechatronic based BTEC NC, you will undertake a practical based engineering program which covers core engineering skills such as milling and turning, hand skills, electrical and electronic circuits and control and fluid power, PLC’s etc.

Following this you will undertake competency based training while working on site and start your degree program with the foundation degree in year one and finishing a full degree by the end of the apprenticeship.

Control technicians will complete a broad spectrum of placements throughout the business in the UK.

Placements cover many aspects of the business such as:

  • Complete manufacturing analysis.
  • Supplier liaison/problem solving.
  • Siemens PLC with automation
  • Robotic facilities.
  • Manufacturing process and facility planning (Both electrical and mechanical).
  • Software integration.
  • Metrology - computer aided measurement and analysis of manufacturing facilities.
  • Supply and vehicle build planning (Logistics).
  • Launch planning/control manufacturing system interfaces.

The placements give you the chance to experience the business as a whole whilst carrying out business relevant projects alongside your study. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of working for a world-class global automotive manufacturer, networking with people of different nationalities and to put theory directly into practice.

As well as developing your specialist technical knowledge you will be expected to successfully complete an honours degree in engineering which is fully funded by the company.

You will then be gaining further practical experience, by joining the control engineering or control planning team as your permanent role. These teams are responsible for ensuring that the technology within our business is state of the art and maintains its optimal efficiencies.

Rate of Pay:

A competitive salary enhanced annually depending on individual progress and performance starting at circa £13,950 per annum rising to over £26,000 over the programme.

Company car scheme eligibility to those 18 years and over, plus other benefits including an on-site gym, pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and a subsidised on-site restaurant.

Working Hours:

38 hour working week, start and finish times will vary according to work based placements and college hours.

Qualifications and Experience

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your most recent school report* and a CV. If you don’t have a school report then please upload a CV and an employer reference. If you don’t have an employer reference then please upload a CV and a personal statement.

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at level 6/B (or above) including Maths and English.
  • A minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at grade C (or above) or a BTEC level 3 (60 credits plus) or equivalent in a relevant Engineering or Technology discipline.

*If you are currently studying you must upload a school/college report. Failure to attach the above will mean we will be unable to progress with your application.

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With our three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, we are the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles and also provide premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, we employ over 130,000 associates worldwide, operate 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries, and have a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The UK is the only place in the world where our three brands are represented by manufacturing operations. In addition to our manufacturing sites located in Oxford, Hams Hall, Swindon and Goodwood, our Farnborough offices host the UK Sales and Marketing subsidiary of BMW AG, as well as Financial Services, Leasing and Fleet Management departments. We employ around 8,000 people directly in the UK, with an additional 14,000 through our Retailer network.

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