Hear what our apprentices think!

Alex Marshall
Kieran Fudge, Customer Service Engineer - Advance Apprenticeship at Siemens Healthineers

I was keen to find a job that provided me with training, trade, and an opportunity for continuous study. My apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering at Siemens Healthineers has provided all those things and I enjoy the challenge of working in an industry that is constantly developing.

Siemens Healthineers is a large company with a very structured apprenticeship programme, offering a unique apprenticeship being a field-based service engineer. A typical working day includes travelling to different hospital sites in the van provided to me as part of my apprenticeship and shadowing trained engineers – assisting with servicing, repairing, and installing medical diagnostic equipment.

The most rewarding aspect of my job is when I can showcase to other engineers what I have learnt both in my studies and in the field. I was pleased and surprised to be put forward for the National Apprentice Awards and to be shortlisted for Advanced Engineering Apprentice of the Year. This was a hugely significant personal achievement and a true highlight of my apprenticeship journey so far.

 

Alex Marshall
Maintenance Engineer, Siemens Magnet Technology

I am an Engineering Apprentice at Siemens Magnet Technology in Eynsham. My main role is to fully terminate the magnets so that they are ready to go into the next stage of the production line. This is an important skill for me to learn, as I want to learn more about electrical and electronic engineering.

The most amazing part of my role is having the opportunity to work on such complex electromagnets. Learning how to terminate the electromagnets we have here has allowed me to gain the skills and the attributes I need to move up in the engineering world.

One of the best parts of my apprenticeship is having the chance to interact with people from different backgrounds.

My Apprenticeship has enabled me to develop my engineering skills, and in turn, led me to enrol onto higher education course in order to fulfil my goal of working on the research and design of the future electromagnetic systems.
 

Cameron Hollick
Maintenance Engineer, Siemens Magnet Technology

I am a Maintenance Engineering Apprentice at Siemens Healthineers in Eynsham, where my main role is respond to alerts concerning areas of the plant where machinery has failed and/or needs repairing as well as general maintenance activities.

An amazing part of my role is seeing my own progression and how I am developing every week, working through each of the rotations.

One of the best parts of my apprenticeship is learning new engineering skills that I haven’t ever had to chance to do before such as Electrical, Welding, Electronics.

My Apprenticeship has enabled me to expand my engineering knowledge, but also network, I am constantly working alongside professionals but also other apprentices.

 

Chloe Edmonds
Advanced Apprentice - Manufacturing, Siemens Magnet Technology

I am a Manufacturing Apprentice at Siemens Healthineers in Eynsham, my main role is within the production of MRI scanners. I'm currently training at the BMW group factory in Cowley. Where I'm studying for a level 3 BTEC in Engineering and developing my practical skills.

So far I've developed the following the skills; electrical, welding, hands fitting, pneumatics and creating a selection of circuit boards. All of which I've enjoyed very much.
As a female apprentice I've been treated no different within the engineering field and been given a range of team leading opportunities which I have relished and made me feel a lot more confident in myself and in the working environment.

My Apprenticeship has enabled me to develop both technically and professionally - allowing me to network with other apprentices and giving me the chance to further develop my knowledge and understanding of the basic foundations of engineering, with a hands on and technical approach.
 

Stephane Harvey
Advanced Apprentice - Manufacturing, Siemens Magnet Technology

I am a Level 3 Manufacturing Apprentice at Siemens Magnet techno in Eynsham and my main role is developing new skills and making sure all equipment is in good condition to be used when making MRI scanners. I am also responsible for finding ways to improve machines and equipment that can lead to an increase in productivity. This can be beneficial for the company as more MRI scanners be produced.

An amazing part of my role is being part of a team with several goals in places and carry out values:
“Responsible: Committed to ethical and responsible actions”
“Excellent: Achieving high performance and excellent results”
“Innovative: Being innovative to create sustainable value”

One of the best parts of my apprenticeship is having the chance to learn about the field of engineering while being able to work with experienced people on the plant. This helps me to pick up what others have learnt at their time at Siemens.

 

Sam Scott
Advanced Apprentice - Manufacturing, Siemens Magnet Technology

I am a Level 3 Manufacturing Engineer Apprentice at Siemens Healthineers based at Eynsham and my main role will be to maintain the equipment used by the workers in production. Having the maintenance engineers on site greatly improves the productivity of the plant because if a machine breaks it can be repaired much quicker than if a third party is needed.

One of my favourite parts of my apprenticeship is seeing the real world of work first hand and learning to adapt to a workplace that is constantly changing.

Another of the best parts of my apprenticeship is having the chance to go to many different open days where we can use and test equipment that we may come across later at work such as a Hydraulic Press or 3D printer.

My Apprenticeship has enabled me to develop my skills in many different areas of engineering, whether it be welding or building circuits on the electrical rotation, all of the skills I have been taught will help me later on when I am a full-time employee of Siemens Healthineers.

 

Jordan
Advanced Apprentice - Manufacturing, Siemens Magnet Technology

I am currently undergoing my first year Apprenticeship at Siemens Healthineers in Eynsham, Oxford. Once fully qualified, my role will be as an Engineering Technician which will involve the making of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners to achieve the highest standards in quality and performance.

The duration of my apprenticeship is three years. I am currently at the training facility at BMW Mini plant, Oxford undergoing my level 3 in product design and development technician. It is an exciting opportunity and I am gaining numerous skills. I look forward to my journey with Siemens Healthineers.

One of the best parts of my apprenticeship is having the chance to work with the MAGNETOM Terra. Which is the first 7 tesla magnet used for clinical research. Furthermore, I am proud to be able to represent the females who are a part of the engineering industry.

My Apprenticeship has enabled me to develop professionally and allowed me to network. It has also allowed me to develop as a person, as I had to re-locate for this once in a lifetime opportunity and overcome challenges given.


 

Peter Loveridge
Maintenance Engineer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Manufacturing

I completed my engineering higher apprentice at Siemens Healthineers in Sudbury, my main role being to support the manufacturing operations here, this support enables our production facilities to meet the required output and keep our customers supplied with the necessary products and ensure their patients get the best quality treatment.

STEM activities have been a key aspect of my position throughout my apprenticeship. I have had the opportunity to go out there and inspire younger generations to make a difference and progress themselves into a technical subject, and hopefully one day, Siemens.

The best part of my role, aside from knowing that I’m making a difference to someone’s life, is that I get to bring new technology into our business and support and manage that process all the way to seeing it in actions and producing high quality product.

Ryan Hindmarch
Field Service Engineer

After leaving high school with a keen interest in physics and engineering, I decided the best way to step into the industry would be to pursue an apprenticeship program. I chose to do this because I knew that this route would provide me with a combination of hands on experience, qualifications and confidence.

I then became fortunate enough to be offered a field service apprentice role with Siemens Healthineers. Working with engineers, I gained valuable experience installing, repairing and maintaining our medical systems at hospitals in many locations before training in Germany. In addition to this, I participated in day release college courses such as the NVQ and HNC. Ultimately, my apprentice role involved increasing competency, supporting the workload of my colleagues as well as the requirements of the business, and becoming an engineer.

6 years after starting the apprenticeship program I am now employed as a fully qualified and competent field service engineer in the North East. Most importantly, I continue to learn new things every day and develop further in this role.
 


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George Holt

George Holt

Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Healthcare Products

George started the Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Healthcare Products in September 2015, and will be graduating in August 2019.

                    "I prefer to learn about my desired field by engaging in
             practical activities and on the job learning so an apprenticeship
           was the right choice for me. An added benefit would also be that I
        would also gain employment and would be looked after whilst I trained.
"

 

Siemens Healthineers is known worldwide and is a very prestigious company. When I saw the apprenticeship role, I thought that my strengths would suit the job well and that it would be something I would be good at but also enjoy.

I have always enjoyed the study of engineering and how things are made, once I finished my GCSEs and A levels I knew I wanted to work in some sort of engineering role as my grades and interests matched up with an Engineering role.

A typical working day would begin by driving to work for the allocated time agreed with Siemens and the customer (usually 9 am). Once at work I will speak to the customer asking questions about the state of the system if I was sent for a breakdown, before gaining access to the system. I will use the knowledge I have from previous jobs, training courses etc to fix the problem the customer is having. Once finished I will fill in the relevant documentation and speak to the customer once more, letting them know the system is fixed and they can use it again. I will then leave work and travel home where I will usually catch up on admin work and other tasks for my apprenticeship that may need completing.

Being organised in my day to day role is by far the most challenging part of the job for me. I must keep up to date with many things such as calibration of test equipment, parts processing and returns, laptop synchronizations and admin work etc.

The satisfaction I get from the customers in the hospital when I let them know I have fixed their system is definitely the most rewarding part of my job. They are always very grateful when they can use the system again.

My advice to my younger self would be to enjoy the four years I will have as an apprentice as I will meet many friendly people and be well supported in the tasks I will be set. I would say to myself to get in the mindset of having a job not an apprenticeship as this will prepare myself well for the future at Siemens Healthineers.

It was an unexpected experience when I got told I was going to the training centres in Germany and the USA. It made me feel like a valued member of the team and that I was trusted to represent Siemens Healthineers GB&I across the world.

I would say definitely apply, as it is with a great company who will support you along the way. The apprenticeship has many perks and you will meet many friendly people from around the world.

Sam Croft

Sam Croft

Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Healthcare Products

Sam began his Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical and Healthcare Products in September 2015, and will be graduating in August 2019.

                      "I personally chose to do an apprenticeship rather than
                other pathways of study as I wanted the possibility of becoming
             a highly trained engineer while still being paid to work while I study
."

 

The opportunity to work for a company that is globally recognised was a big factor in my decision to do my apprenticeship. Siemens Healthineers is a leading body in the field of healthcare, and the possibility to become part of it in the future is exciting.

I usually begin my working day by heading to my local Bybox system where I collect the parts needed to carry out the maintenance task. Once the parts have been correctly confirmed, I would then drive to the required hospital and contact the customer on my arrival. After talking to the customer regarding the analyser’s issue and confirming I am at the correct analyser, before begin the activity I am attending for. On completion of the activity, I would speak to the customer regarding the work I have completed and then fill out a service report to be emailed to the customer.

Dealing with time sensitive issues can be the most challenging part of my job, for example: when working on an analyser in what can be very high-pressure environments.

When you arrive at a Hospital with the analyser completely not operational and hospital staff are having to work harder because of it, it is rewarding when I am able to quickly resolve the issue and return the analyser to the customer.

I think at the beginning of my apprenticeship I was afraid of making mistakes and if I could, I would go back to tell advise myself not to be as I’ve had so much support throughout my apprenticeship and learnt a great deal in the process.

I think I have gained more and more confidence as I have gone through my apprenticeship, not only my work but also everyday life. I’ve had to communicate with different types of customers/colleagues and perform tasks such as presentations.

I would say, with a Siemens Healthineers apprenticeship you have the possibility to become part of a global, highly trained group of engineers specialising in medical equipment. There are many advantages of working for Siemens Healthineers which includes having a massive support base for apprentices while still giving the individual space to learn and grow into their role. As an apprentice with Siemens Healthineers you will also gain access to a company vehicle on your second year and have the chance of taking training courses in Germany and or America.