"BMW Group Plant Hams Hall is a modern, state-of-the-art engine manufacturing facility, located just outside Birmingham, UK. Producing the latest generation of three and four cylinder petrol engines as well as V8 and V12 engines, the plant has recently celebrated 20 years of successful production. Operating seven days a week with more than one engine rolling off the line per minute, the plant plays a key role in BMW Group’s global production network, supplying engines for BMW and MINI, including some of the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles.
We are looking for a committed and eager to learn individual to join our Technical Services team, responsible for ensuring all production equipment, both mechanical and electrical, is operating efficiently and safely. Within Technical Services, we also maintain the hardware and software for our highly automated production facilities. Fulfilling these responsibilities includes engaging in tasks such as repairing and rebuilding machinery, designing process improvements, and assessing the need for future repairs to prevent issues from occurring, tasks that you will be involved in as your apprenticeship progresses. Our team is keen to teach our apprentices a range of skills needed to be successful, supporting you to ensure your apprenticeship experience is both engaging and valuable to your future.
What will you be doing?
Your Training - The BMW Group offers an enhanced level 6 degree apprenticeship. This degree in Electronic Engineering (BEng (Hons)), provided by Birmingham City University and fully funded by the business, will take place alongside you developing your specialist technical knowledge. The training given during your apprenticeship involves studying 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. This will include training in areas such as Electrical Control, PLC systems & Robot automation, Integrated Process Planning, IT & Database systems, Quality Control, and Production Validation.
Your Year-on-Year Progression - The four year programme is designed to enable you to experience different aspects of engineering and production technology including robotics, control 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 your degree program with the foundation year, you will undertake a practical based engineering program which covers core engineering skills such as milling and turning, hand skills, electrical and electronic circuits, control and fluid power, PLC’s, and many more. Following this, in year two, you will undertake competency based training whilst working on site. In addition, as of your second year, as a Control Engineer, you will complete a broad spectrum of placements throughout the business in the UK. Placements cover many aspects of the business where you will complete tasks 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
These placements give you the chance to experience the business as a whole, carrying out business relevant projects alongside your study.
Towards the end of your apprenticeship, you will be gaining further practical experience by joining the Technical Services or Control Planning team where your permanent role will be based. These teams are responsible for ensuring that the technology within our business is state of the art and maintains its optimal efficiencies. Finally, by the end of the apprenticeship, you will have also finished your degree.
In order to apply, simply create a GetMyFirstJob account and then complete the short eligibility questions. Make sure your GetMyFirstJob profile includes details of both your achieved and any predicted qualifications. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the GetMyFirstJob team will invite you through to the next stage of the process.
What do you need to do now?
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, then apply today using the link below.
The next stage of the process is a Strengths Video Interview. You can complete this at any time of day during your three-day invitation window and you will be recorded answering a set of questions. There is a practice question at the start and you get multiple chances to record each question, plus the GetMyFirstJob team are on hand to support you and give you lots of top tips and advice! Following this, successful applicants will be shortlisted and invited to a face-to-face Assessment Centre with BMW Group. Provisionally, the Assessment Centres are due to take place the week commencing 24th April 2023.