Process automation engineer apprenticeship

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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