Helping design the manufacturing process for science-based technology and products
A Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer will be involved in process design and manufacture of chemical, biological or science based technology industrial or consumer products using solid, liquid and gaseous media. They will apply their knowledge of underlying engineering principles to implement and develop new processes or plant and to support product development; and work autonomously and as part of a wider scientific & engineering team. They will use project management skills to develop and manufacture products on time, on cost and to the right product quality. They will be proactive in identifying and supporting engineering solutions to challenging problems, be able to identify areas for business improvement and propose innovative ideas. In all contexts working safely and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality of products and safety of their manufacture. Process specialists are involved in conception, design and operation of processes and may also be involved in pilot plant scale-up, manufacturing and packaging operations. Plant specialists ensure the plant, equipment and manufacturing assets are monitored and optimised to support the current and future processing operation whilst offering best value to the organisation. Both process and plant roles are critical to efficient manufacturing operations and they will frequently work together and will share a common set of skills that allows them to cover common aspects of their specialist roles.
Typical job roles include: Process Engineer, Process Control Engineer, Process Safety Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Project Engineer, Biochemical Engineer, Plant Engineer, Maintenance Engineer.
Typically candidates will have achieved grade C or above in at least five GCSE’s including English, Maths and a Science subject and hold relevant level 3 qualifications providing the appropriate number of UCAS points for HE entry. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.
Duration: Typically 60 months
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in engineering discipline; Chemical, Biochemical, Biomedical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Process. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Link to professional registration Successful apprentices will be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng), through a relevant licensed (by Engineering Council) Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) e.g. IChemE, IMechE. This apprenticeship is aligned to Engineering Council UK-SPEC at Incorporated Engineer (IEng) standard.
Review date: After 3 years
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