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Control/Technical Support Engineering Apprentice

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Job ID R-069921 Date posted 01/03/2020

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you’ll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve. We need great people who share our passion for science and have the drive and determination to meet the unmet needs of patients around the world. If you’re curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

Our scientific research and development is afforded the utmost respect so we give our people the same. We do everything we can to make sure each AstraZeneca person has everything they need to stretch themselves and see what they can achieve.

Where you start your journey with us doesn't determine the course of your career. So many of our people develop themselves beyond their wildest imaginations, both in terms of their roles and the countries they've worked in. We don't limit their capabilities by what's possible from them now but by what's possible from them in the future.

AstraZeneca’s Control/Technical Support Engineer Apprenticeship programme is designed to create the control and automation engineers of the future.  Engineering apprentices play a hugely important role at AstraZeneca, solving challenges that arise from some of the most advanced equipment in the industry. The Control/Technical Support Engineers primarily assist the smooth running of manufacturing in activities such as site maintenance and improvements. They will work closely with other production roles in a fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing environment, where complex problem solving is key.


Under supervision the apprentice will develop a solid grasp of the core mechatronics engineering skills. These skills will not only prepare the apprentice for the workplace in demonstrating that they have the required manual dexterity to do their role, but their competencies are transferable and can be built upon over time. The skills developed are:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and stringent organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting a range of engineering data sources and supporting documentation
  • Understanding key performance indicators and utilising lean techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Supporting installation, testing and commissioning of a wide range of equipment as needed
  • Carrying out complex fault diagnosis and repair on high technology engineered systems
  • Maintaining mechanical, fluid and pneumatic power equipment
  • Maintaining electrical, electronic and process control equipment
  • Minimising machinery downtime by carrying out preventative planned maintenance
  • Confirmation testing and subsequent smooth hand over of equipment & plan
  • maintenance and manufacturing principles and their applications in industry
  • investigation and interrogation skills for software applications.

In addition to the valuable working experience you will have the opportunity to study in blocks towards professional qualifications, including a HND in Electrical/Electronic Engineering at Tameside College followed by BEng in Controls & Automation at the University of Salford, run by Siemens SITRAIN devision.

Essential skills/capabilities required:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good team working skills
  • High organisation skills and confidence to work independently
  • Logical thinking to be able to apply processes
  • The ability to apply a rational approach to problem solving; making judgments based on sound reasoning, approaching problems in a logical manner
  • Concerns for standards
  • High numeracy and literacy skills
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative


Entry Requirements:

  • Will possess a minimum of 5 GCSE's at Grade 4or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade 4 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.

To apply for this position, please click the apply link below.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

This is a 4 year Fixed Term Contract opportunity based at Macclesfield with a competitive salary on offer  

Opening date of advert:3rd January 2020

Closing date of advert:   19th March 2020

Successful candidates will be notified after the closing date and will be asked to attend an Assessment day during week commencing 29th April 2019 in Macclesfield

If you share our passion for engineering and maintenance excellence, find out more at careers.astrazeneca.com

These positions are not open to those already educated to Bachelors degree level or above – for which we have specific Graduate Programmes, see our website for more details https://careers.astrazeneca.com/students.



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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