Engineering Automation Technician Apprentice



RNA Automation, with its factory in Castle Bromwich Birmingham, are at the forefront of automation technology.  Specialising in automated assembly, vision inspection, robotics and parts feeding the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rhein Nadel Automation based in Aachen, Germany and is part of a worldwide group of companies that operate under the RNA banner.

Founded in 1986 RNA Automation now employs 40 people in the UK across the full range of engineering disciplines required in the production of world class automation centred on the food and drink, pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive sectors.

As part of its ongoing expansion RNA Automation are relocating to fully refurbished facilities close to their existing site over the summer of 2018, the new site will provide a first class manufacturing and administrative centre for the business as it continues to develop its capabilities and operations in the future.

A further step in this direction is the start of an apprenticeship program with a view to developing the engineers that will help to shape its future.

We are seeking to employ and train one apprentice for the role of automation technician.

You will be highly trained to work in the world of manufacturing automation, the initial training will be broad based leading to a first appointment as an automation technician

The role involves all aspects of automation engineering from the production of individual parts using a range of tool room machinery, through assembly and development of systems to test, installation and commissioning of equipment on sites worldwide. 

The training will be broad based and over the four year apprenticeship period will encompass all aspects of automation engineering including but not limited to:

  • production of components using tool room machinery
  • mechanical and electrical assembly
  • bowl feeder technology
  • mechanical and electrical design
  • PLC programming and development
  • System testing and development
  • Installation and commissioning

The aim of the apprenticeship is to give the selected candidate a comprehensive grounding in automation and parts feeding and handling and to equip them with the knowledge and skills required to develop a rewarding career in one of the many roles available in this fast moving and technically challenging industry.


Training to be provided

  • Engineering Basic Skills training – off the job full time at EEF training centre
  • NVQ level 3
  • A Technical Certificate BTEC/ HNC
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, learning and thinking skills award
  • Functional Skills at level 2 in English, Maths and ICT, as required
  • Outward Bound – team working skills – 1 week away from home and work


Desired qualifications

English, Mathematics and at least one Science subject at GCSE Grades A* to C / 9-4 or equivalent qualifications. 


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