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Job Introduction

We are offering two degree level apprenticeships, one for our Manufacturing Engineering Degree and a second for an Electronic Control Engineering Degree . The successful candidate will attend Birmingham Met College and Birmingham City University and work towards developing skills in manufacturing and engineering.

We anticipate that our apprentices will progress to permanent employment within the company.  On successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme, you may be offered an Engineering status level role.  Opportunities may exist in a variety of engineering areas of the business, from production to technical support however, we would try and place you within the department that you have been assisted to during your apprenticeship.

Role Responsibility

The apprenticeship we are offering will be delivered in accordance with the degree standard. 

The scheme includes the first year off-site training at Birmingham Met College during which you will work towards your Practical Foundation Engineering Skills, and also commence your Foundation Degree in either Manufacturing Engineering or  Electronic Control Engineering (FDeng) (Some Level 3 BTEC Units May be required in year one to bridge Knowledge to Foundation Degree). When you return to the company you will begin your competence development element in Manufacturing or Electronic Control Engineering which will involve being budded up with an experienced engineer to apply the knowledge and skills learnt within our state of the art facility. You will have the opportunity during your apprenticeship to work in various areas within the business, including production, quality control, design and project support, all of which will help you understand the contribution these areas make to the overall success of the business. This will help you identify other positions within the organisation that might suits your skills set. In years second and third year you will attend college on a day release basic to complete your foundation degree. In year four and five you will attend Birmingham City University to undertake “Top Up “units towards your Manufacturing Engineering Degree – BEng (Hons).  You will be given full support to achieve your career targets and aspirations.

The Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have 5 GCSEs at Grade A / 8-9 or above, including Mathematics (Higher Paper, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

Please ensure you include expected grades in your application if pending results.

We ask that you include any relevant extra-curricular activities that may support your application.

Additionally, you will possess the following:

  • Attention to detail
  • Good time management
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Positive approach
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good team player
  • Effective communication skills
  • Passion for Manufacturing / Engineering


Package Description

Applications for either of our apprenticeship vacancies must be  made through the gov.uk website: 

Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship: https://bit.ly/3lKOYhL

Control Technical Support Engineer (Degree Apprenticeship): bit.ly/3sf7PUq

About the Company

The HydraForce story began in 1985 when the company was founded near Chicago by several partners who saw the mobile equipment industry’s need for quality hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds delivered in a timely and responsive manner. They also saw the potential for engineering innovation and design flexibility offered by cost effective and space-saving cartridge valves and hydraulic integrated circuits.

HydraForce offers one of the most comprehensive lines of high quality hydraulic cartridge valves for the mobile and industrial equipment markets. We design and manufacture high performance valves that meet virtually any need encountered in machine design for flow rates of 0.4 to 530 lpm (0.1 to 140 gpm). HydraForce cartridge valves are designed to fit a wide range of industry-common valve cavities. We also offer a robust line of controllers that are rugged, reliable, and optimized for electro-hydraulic system integration.

Our European HQ in Aston, Birmingham services our customers across the UK,  Europe and India



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