Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Manufacturing Technology Engineers

Lougborough and Atherstone (Warwickshire)

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About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

We love applying our science to creating products that, in big ways and small, make things better in some way. Helping people to be safe. Making them more productive. Protecting their health. Safeguarding the environment. And we have an insatiable appetite for meeting the world’s ever-changing challenges.

3M employs 2,750 people in the UK across 17 locations, including nine manufacturing sites. Products manufactured here include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products and drug delivery systems.

You can learn more about 3M's creative solutions to the world's problems at or follow @3MUK on Twitter.

3M is seeking Graduate Manufacturing Technology Engineers (O2s) to join our Engineering team based across the UK.

An introduction to 3M

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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 SMART Stakeholder Pension Scheme with up to 10% employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme 4 x salary
  • General Employee Stock Purchase Plan providing the opportunity to purchase 3M stock at discounted rates
  • Discount on 3M products
  • Employee discount scheme providing preferential rates across major UK retailers and service providers
  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Financial support for further education

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.

Person Profile


  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Predicted or achieved a minimum 2:1 in an Engineering/Manufacturing based degree
  • 120 UCAS points at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) 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 Technology 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 will include topics such as;

  • New product introduction
  • Line optimisation
  • Waste reduction
  • Process/ Productivity improvements
  • Evolution of area and site metrics
  • Data acquisition
  • Data analysis
  • Reporting and integration into Lean methodology
  • Improvements through supply chain organisation from customer orders to finished goods.

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:

  • Product and Process Improvement – Using Lean Six Sigma tools to analyse the manufacturing process and design improvements to reduce waste and unit cost
  • New Equipment Introduction – Working with the Project Engineering team to specify, install and commission new equipment to further improve products and processes.
  • New Product Qualification - Working with production and the development lab to manufacture a product suitable for the customer’s specification.
  • Process optimisation – Using appropriate analytical tools to identify optimum process settings and set-up visual management to monitor cycle times.
  • Lean Projects - Reduce lead time in production areas by analysing the supply chain and optimising inventory levels

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.

Working at 3M

Unleash your potential.
Our success depends on the energy of our employees and the high quality of their leadership. Most of all it depends on their continuous improvement.

Move forward.
From sales to manufacturing to marketing to engineering, if you're committed to expanding your knowledge and gaining leading-edge skills, this is the place to do it. Professional development at 3M includes excellent training, continuing educational support, mentorship from smart, experienced people and more.

Move up - or move in new directions.
You'll find a strong promote-from-within culture here; it's an important aspect of our emphasis on learning and professional growth. You may also move between business units or even, potentially, to different locations around the world. That's one of the many advantages of our diverse business model and global reach.

Employment Statement

At 3M, diversity & inclusion are essential to innovation. We seek and value differences in people! As an equal opportunity employer, 3M will not discriminate against any applicant.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: R00991964
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Opportunity Overview

  • January 31st, 2020
  • £31,262 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Loughborough (Leicestershire) and Atherstone (Warwickshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Product Design
  • Science

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