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Apprentice CAD Engineer

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Job Location:
Bristol and Bath

Full time hours Monday to Friday

£2.73 per hour (Apprenticeship) Rising to £16,000 on completion

Based in Bristol and Bath

3 years full time Apprenticeship


Job Description:

TDS Academy is currently recruiting for Apprentice CAD Engineers to join companies that have vacancies available in Bristol and Bath.

You don’t need to have any previous experience of working as a CAD Designer or Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineer as full training and support is provided daily by an employer and the expert Apprenticeship Training provision at TDS Academy.

This is a CAD Design Engineering Apprenticeship job opportunity so you will be working towards an ECITB Diploma in Engineering Construction Design and Draughting with TDS Academy.

This is an excellent opportunity to start your career as a CAD Engineer.

The Role

• Prepare detailed engineering designs for structural steelwork. 
• Produce technical drawings, and schedules. 
• Work with clients and contractor partners. 
• Assist with the development of 2D and 3D models to contract design information and deadlines.
• Utilisation of various methods of communication as and when required. 

The role of a CAD engineer requires the use of a computer for long durations of the working day.  You will be required to attend meetings with clients, partners and contractors.  You will also be required to use various methods of communication, including the telephone and e-mail.  You will be required to attend and successfully complete a training course.


Apprenticeship training will be provided by TDS Training. You will also receive regular on the job training and daily support from your Line Manager.

This is a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship which will take approximately 3 years to complete.

The Apprenticeship Framework will include:

• ECITB Diploma in engineering construction design and draughting.
• BTEC Diploma in construction and the built environment.
• Functional skills.

Skills required

Computer literacy is essential. Candidates must be competent in Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience of CAD packages is not essential as full training will be given.  Candidates should have good attention to detail, problem solving skills, excellent numerical skills and a general interest in design and engineering.

Personal qualities

Willingness to learn a new skill, tenacity, commitment and driven. You will need the ability to solve a problem no matter how long it takes.

Qualifications required

3 GCSE passes (A-C), including Mathematics, English and a Science, or equivalent qualifications.

Future career prospects

CAD engineering work within Civil, Structural, Architectural and Electrical disciplines.  £16K entry level positions available after apprenticeship program.

Additional information

You will be required to attend College on a day release program to study for a BTEC qualification.  This will occur in the second and third year of the apprenticeship.

Learning Provider Description

The TDS Academy is a training provider specialising in CAD apprenticeships for the steelwork industry. They work with businesses across the UK providing a unique learning experience specifically designed for, and dedicated for this exciting and rewarding industry.

Their apprenticeship concentrates on the art of Computer Aided Design (CAD) as well as Building Information Modelling (BIM). With the use of the most innovative software on the market, the apprentice learns the techniques and skills that industry demands from its employees.

The aim of TDS Academy is to train, develop, and mentor the next generation of design and detailers in the engineering construction industry by offering them vocational training that is second to none.

Job Ref: APP0213

Post Title: Apprentice CAD Engineer

Location: Vacancies available in Bristol and Bath

Hours: Full time hours Monday to Friday

Salary: The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £2.73 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Apprentice NMW increases to £3.30 per hour from 1st October 2015.

£16,000 per annum entry level positions available after completion of the apprenticeship program.

Type: 3 years full time Apprenticeship

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