Process automation engineer apprenticeship

Maintain integrated control and safety systems

The production of many pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and other products are carried out using plant and equipment that are often of a large scale, extensive, highly integrated and invariably automated. Automation is realised by integrated control and safety systems, which are of a specialised nature, their design reflecting the complexity and risk of operations carried out. Their maintenance and operation is where you, as a process automation engineer, step in. Process automation lies very much at the interface between disciplines. To function effectively, you’ll develop a breadth and depth of knowledge across that spectrum. You’ll be involved at all stages in the lifecycle of an integrated control and safety system: feasibility, specification, design, development, acceptance, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and support. Upon completion of the process automation engineer apprenticeship, you’ll achieve a master’s degree in process automation.


Duration: 60 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and DT

Entry requirements for the process automation engineer apprenticeship: Bachelor’s degree (BEng or BSc) at 2.2 standard or equivalent in chemical or electrical engineering, or other appropriate discipline such as physics

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Degree)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £38,000 per annum

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