Process Improvement Technician Apprentice

SMR Automotive Mirrors UK Ltd

Apprenticeship summary:

PETA Ltd are looking to source an exceptional Engineering Support Technician Apprentice for our client, SMR Automotive Mirrors in Portchester. If you like working as part of team and solving problems, this apprenticeship could be ideal for you!

As an Engineering Support Technician Apprentice, you will learn about all the engineering activities on site supporting the production engineering function. Starting by gathering information you will be trained how to improve processes making them more reliable, effective, and timely. We will help you make us better!


As an Engineering Support Technician Apprentice, you will learn how to implement and support continuous improvement actions/projects and best practice replication throughout the company. You will:

  • Become competent in monitoring processes using root cause analysis and problem-solving tools to effectively resolve issues.
  • Learn how to contribute to a range of projects and work collaboratively with the engineering and manufacturing teams.
  • Become competent monitoring deviations from customer and contract requirements and report them in the appropriate way.
  • Learn how to identify cost effective interventions to solve problems.
  • Become competent validating systems to customer requirements, relevant design standards and codes.
  • Learn how to provide technical support for other internal and external functions (manufacturing, supply chain, applications, sales and customers).
  • Become competent using software to undertake designs, calculations and create quality plans
Other information

SMR is a global company with a high level of innovation specialising in rear view mirror systems and intelligent camera systems for automotive applications. The business has an ongoing need for highly skilled manufacturing staff and engineering technicians. Customers include the major car manufacturers in the U.K and Europe. This is an innovation lead business that is always striving to improve.


To be considered for the role of Engineering Support Technician Apprentice, you will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated.
  • You will possess good communication skills with the ability to communicate with peers and management
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development
Personal qualities
  • Demonstrate an interest in contributing towards manufacturing mechanical components are desirable
  • You will have good hand to eye co-ordination and hand skills
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • You need to be able to learn through instruction and experience
Qualifications required
  • 5 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalents) to include Maths and English are essential.


  • Auto-enrolled into the company pension scheme after qualification period
  • Holiday is 205 hours plus bank holidays
  • Flexi scheme
  • Free parking on site
  • Onsite restroom with kitchen facilities
  • Overtime available
Future prospects
  • There is a permanent position for the right candidate on completion of your apprenticeship.
Training to be provided

This position is offered as an apprenticeship and you will be completing a Level 3 Engineering qualification. You will be employed directly by the client but be support every step of the way by PETA.

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training center for off-the-job training.  The majority of skills development training in years 2, 3 and 4 will be completed with your employer at your place of work.

You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 18 months of day release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 (Foundation Competence) qualification. This will include:

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Producing CAD models (drawings) using a CAD system
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • General machining, fitting and assembly applications
  • Maintaining mechanical devices and equipment
  • Maintaining electrical equipment/systems
  • Assembling and testing electronic circuits
  • General welding applications

You will then pass through the foundation Gateway and progress onto your Level 3 development programme and complete:

Level 3 Advanced Engineering (Development Competence) delivered in the workplace by your PETA Learning & Development Coach (30 months). During this time you will be day released for 24 months to complete a Technical certificate (Level 3) as part of your advanced apprenticeship standard. This will be the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge).

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