anyone a maintenance engineer in a factory? looking at doing an apprenticeship and wondering what it entails?

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Found 15th Sep 2016
any info would be helpful thanks

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In theory, you should be learning on the job as well as attending college.
You really need to look into the details of the actual scheme though and talk to the people running it.

In reality there are far too many schemes out there just using the apprentice as cheap labour and dogsbody. As an apprentice you are exempt from the normal minimum wage.

I work in a company which has apprentices who do rotations in all the factory floor type jobs including maintenance.

Generally it's going to be shadowing a member of staff, little basic dogsbody jobs (fetch x item, making brews, call y, etc). After a few hours/days they'll let you do or help with simple jobs, then (as long as your not having trouble) progress to larger jobs and more independence.
They'll sign you up for a course which may or may not be during working hours. You'll be expected to make your own way to where ever the course is held and pass the course.

mas99

As an apprentice you are exempt from the normal minimum wage.



That is partly true and depends on age.

If the OP is over 19 then the firm can only pay him/her the apprentice minimum wage for 1 year, after that it has to go up to the national minimum wage/living wage.

Original Poster

I am 20 years old and it says I would be complete level 3 nvq in maintenance engineering if that is any good?

I'm a maintenance fitter for a large factory but depending on what the factory makes depends on what you would be working on such as production lines etc. We don't really have any production lines so I work on compressors, pumps, hydraulic and pneumatic systems etc.

It a varied job and quite interesting because of this. It does help, in my opinion, if you like taking things apart and have messed about with cars, bikes etc in the past.

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HondaLad

I'm a maintenance fitter for a large factory but depending on what the … I'm a maintenance fitter for a large factory but depending on what the factory makes depends on what you would be working on such as production lines etc. We don't really have any production lines so I work on compressors, pumps, hydraulic and pneumatic systems etc.It a varied job and quite interesting because of this. It does help, in my opinion, if you like taking things apart and have messed about with cars, bikes etc in the past.



​hi thanks for the reply. the company makes houseware products such as mops, doormats, bowls, bins, ironing boards. and stuff like that. In the past I have helped my father build up from scratch a vw beetle and campervan
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