Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Manufacturing Technology Engineers (O2s)


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We are currently recruiting for Graduate Manufacturing Technology Engineers (O2s) to join our Engineering team based across the UK.

Location – We have opportunities across our state of the art manufacturing facilities in Atherstone, Aycliffe and Loughborough.

Graduate Programme – Successful candidates will have a fantastic opportunity to complete two placements of 12 months each at any of the locations mentioned above finishing at your preferred site. Support is offered with the transition between the various locations.

Key Benefits Include:

  • 25 days paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance Scheme 4 x salary
  • General Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Discount on 3M products
  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial support for further education 

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Overall Mission

The Manufacturing Technology Engineering group's primary purpose is to ensure the manufacturing plant and business deliver against their annual strategic target in the fields of cost, cash, growth, service, quality and safety.

Our widely spread and innovative product technology base provides interesting and varied manufacturing challenges that stimulate our world-renowned culture of innovation and creativity.

3M has achieved regional & global recognition for its achievements in manufacturing efficiency, service & environmental awareness as well as its ability to develop & scale-up new products utilising new technologies.


  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Predicted or achieved a minimum 2:1 degree in Manufacturing Engineering
  • 120 UCAS points at A-Level or equivalent qualification (300 UCAS points based on previous UCAS points system) including at least one STEM subject.
  • Valid UK driving licence is preferred but not essential.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Good engineering/technical knowledge
  • Competent PC user
  • Good problem solver
  • Previous experience within a manufacturing environment is desired but not essential

Personal Attributes

  • Pro-active self starter
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work at all levels of the organisation
  • Highly motivated with the drive & energy to lead and influence change
  • Good team player able to work well with & influence others
  • Ability to prioritise effectively
  • Strong Communication skills

Job Responsibilities

The role of a Manufacturing Engineer at 3M will offer an incredible level of variety and our Graduate Engineers are expected to develop and implement practical, effective improvements to the day to day challenges faced. Working as part of a highly focused and driven team of engineers, the projects in new ‘growth’ areas will be on new product introduction, line optimisation and product qualification, whereas in the more established areas, the manufacturing engineering team will be focused more on waste reduction, process/productivity improvement and material substitutions.

To be effective in this role, you will need to develop the skills to become a high performing engineer and 3M will support you in doing so. You’ll become knowledgeable about our developing technologies, the quality systems that surround our manufacturing processes and learn to work with people at all levels of the organisation - from the machine operators to the senior managers. You’ll be trained in Lean Six Sigma methods and tools, and will use these to analyse and improve the processes in your area of responsibility –if there isn’t data to analyse; you will have the autonomy to explore how to generate this vital data.

Example projects that you would typically be involved in:

  • Downtime Reduction – Changing between different product types is a lengthy process due to adjusting programme settings and knife set-ups. The project is to quantify DT and target the biggest opportunities to improve.
  • Raw Material Qualification –. To ensure that the product is compliant with production, performance and quality metrics, organise testing, make order runs and quality inspection before the change is approved.
  • New Product Qualification - Manufacturing engineers will work with production and the development lab, to manufacture a product suitable for the customer’s specification.
  • Quality Improvement – Projects involve working alongside the quality engineering team to understand historical trends and production data to further develop specifications.
    • Process optimisation – The project focus is identifying optimum settings and set-up visual management to monitor cycle times.
  • Lean Projects - Reduce pallet space in production areas by lean supply of raw materials to production equipment. 

Training and Development

During this first year on assignment you will have the chance to develop your skills and experience in an industry that is making radical changes to the way products are manufactured. You will take part in the Emerging Talent Training programme as well as having access to over 20 days of specific personal development training alongside graduates from other disciplines within the organisation.

The training programme includes learning about Six Sigma techniques, Engineering skills, Finance for Engineers and an introduction to Chartership. Training sessions are built around the required competencies for a successful Engineer and the projects are also structured to involve the use of different competencies.

3M prides itself on the diverse career opportunities available across the business including our ‘dual ladder’ approach. This could include advancement within the technical group, the managerial group, or moving between; either in the UK or across our global reach.


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Opportunity Overview

  • March 31st, 2019
  • £31,262 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Atherstone, (Warwickshire), Aycliffe (County Durham) and Loughborough.
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Manufacturing

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