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Graduate Quality Engineer


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What is a Graduate Quality Engineer?

Quality Engineers contribute to ensuring products and processes achieve the highest standards. The role is varied and calls upon a range of skills including communication, design and manufacturing engineering, systems and programme management, travel and knowledge development amongst many areas. In today’s environment, a future Quality Engineer is far from somebody who measures things or audits processes; the role is fast-paced, exciting, and varied dealing with reactive challenges as well as proactive developments to ensure all areas of manufacturing provide the best service possible.

After the graduate programme

Jonathan, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, talks about securing a role after the graduate programme and his plans for the future. To watch the full Gradcracker/Renishaw webinar, click here.

What skills and qualifications do I need?

Applicants must have:

  • A 2-2, or higher, degree in a technical field – Design, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics
  • A 2-2, or higher, degree in a management field – Operations, Project Management, Business
  • Have an interest in wanted to develop themselves and others
  • A keen eye for detail
  • An interest in getting to the bottom of an issue and driven to implement change
  • A confidence to talk to people, travel, and engage outside of their comfort zone

What will I do?

During your personalised scheme, you will embark on a range of hands-on and fully engaged placements (typically six months) in different areas of the manufacturing environment.  These are specifically designed to both expose you to, and train you in, key quality engineering and Quality Management System-based functions.

This will allow you to develop a wide awareness and knowledgebase as well as identify any areas of personal interest for you to focus on for your future. Some elements will be designed to build your basic skills, whilst some will be set to test your maximum capabilities. You will be working closely with our design, procurement, engineering, and operational teams to influence design for manufacture, commodity manufacturing and inspection methods, management systems, product assurance and control, external supply chain processes, and a wide variety of proactive projects.

Where will I be working?

This role is based at our Woodchester site in Gloucestershire. (There will be an expectation to travel to the other Gloucestershire sites (New Mills and Stonehouse) as well as potentially short trips to the Miskin, site in South Wales)

What type of things will I be doing?

Hands-on technical activities:

Being able to truly understand a technical specification and verify adherence is a key skill across many areas in engineering. This role will train you in geometric tolerances and dimensioning, inspection and analysis tools and techniques, specifications of more complex components, as well as understanding processes of a range of externally manufactured commodities. Your activities will give you the opportunity to identify areas for improvement and have a voice in Design for Manufacture (Assembly and Inspection) influencing product design and manufacturing controls.

Proactive development:

The way the manufacturing business functions is key to success and future longevity. Identifying areas for improvement is a constant priority to ensure progression. You will be involved in established projects, as well as empowered to find and deliver new projects that grow areas in assembly, manufacturing, inspection, supply chain, product quality, quality systems, calibration, and training.

Reactive support:

Invariably, against the best intentions, things can go wrong. When they do, understanding the impact, managing containment and short-term solutions, working with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to identify root cause, then implementing verified robust corrective action is critical. You will be supported, then ultimately responsible for, reactive challenges on a regular basis. Not only will you be accountable for each problem allocated to you, but you may be tasked to review patterns across multiple issues to identify means to resolve wider strategic problems.

What career opportunities are available?

By the end of the scheme, you will have developed an idea of which area you would like to specialise in for the next stage of your career development. 

This will come with further training and mentoring opportunities to continue your professional growth. You will most likely fill a permanent role in your area of interest and be responsible for the key areas of delivery that this function requires. Beyond this, you may wish to develop into a senior engineer, or even principle technical expert role. Alternatively, you may wish to explore supervisory and managerial routes – either of could be attainable. You may even identify a different area of manufacturing where your quality-based training could be of business benefit.


When you join Renishaw, we're committing to your future career. That's because we believe in developing our people's skills and promoting them internally. We also offer a benefits package that's highly desirable; including a 9% non-contributory pension, discretionary annual bonus, *subsidised onsite restaurants and *coffee shops, free parking, *car sharing scheme and *24 hour fitness centres. (*not available at our Castle Donington, Exeter, York & Edinburgh sites)

We also want to promote a healthy work-life balance as much as possible, so we have introduced a Homeworking policy which allows for a combination of home and office based working depending on the nature of your role. We also offer a variable working programme, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, Life Assurance Policy of 4 times annual salary, Cycle to Work scheme, enhanced maternity pay subject to qualifying criteria, the option to join BUPA Renishaw health trust and an Employee Assistance Programme for employees and family.

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Job ID Number: R3309
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: July 31st, 2022
  • Starting: September 2022
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Woodchester (Gloucestershire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Physics

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