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3M UK Plc
Aycliffe, North East England, United Kingdom
30+ days ago
3M UK Plc
Aycliffe, North East England, United Kingdom
30+ days ago


Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 93,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“The impact 3M has on people’s lives and communities around the globe is amazing. As the leader of 3M’s global community giving, I am incredibly proud to be part of and work alongside 3Mers, community partners and customers committed to making positive social change.” – Michael Stroik, director of 3Mgives

The Impact You’ll Make in this Role

As a Graduate Manufacturing Technology Engineer, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world.

Successful candidates will have a fantastic opportunity to complete a minimum of two placements within up to 24 months, in two locations, before settling down in the Manufacturing Technology role in Aycliffe. During the 24 month Global Graduate scheme you will receive training alongside other new graduates and placement students.

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. 

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. Here, working as part of a highly focused and driven team of engineers, you will make an impact by working on the projects such as:

  • Process / Product improvement – working as part of a team to use data to help us drive the right decisions using Lean Six Sigma methodologies.
  • Further developing our machine data acquisition – working with Instrumentation and control engineering to further develop systems that allow us real-time process information that we can use to optimise our manufacturing processes and products
  • Product and Process Qualification/OptimisationHelping to design and run Design of experiments.
  • Quality Improvement – Projects involve working alongside the quality engineering team to understand historical trends and production data to further develop specifications.
  • Lean Projects – Model processes to optimise machine changeovers, manufacturing floor space, customer order patterns and raw material requirements etc.


Your Skills and Expertise 

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.

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M is looking for candidates who must have the following qualifications:

  • Predicted or achieved a minimum 2:1 degree in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Manufacturing Engineering or Manufacturing Systems based degrees
  • 120 UCAS points at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) including at least one STEM subject.
  • Good engineering/technical knowledge with the proven ability to problem solve
  • Experience of data handling and processing

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Previous experience within a manufacturing environment (desired but not essential)
  • Valid UK driving licence (preferred but not essential)
  • Pro-active self-starter with the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the 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

Travel: 5-10% expected in first year for training

Role Location: Aycliffe

Please note the cost of hotel accommodation is covered for the first 28 days of your employment whilst you seek your own accommodation.

Salary – £32,822

Key Benefits Include:

  • 25 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days with service, 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
  • FlexAbility  - empowers employees to adjust when and where they work – in ways that reflect individual roles, personal circumstances, and help to drive business outcomes and work-life balance

Closing Date for applications – 09/07/2021

Supporting Your Well-being

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope. 

*At 3M, diversity & inclusion are essential to innovation. We seek and value differences in people! This Job ad is addressed to all potential candidates. As an equal opportunity employer 3M will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

If you want to discover more about D&I at 3M, please visit

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57415488
  • Location:
    Aycliffe, North East England, United Kingdom
  • Position Title: Graduate Manufacturing Technology Engineer
  • Company Name: 3M UK Plc
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Degree
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $32,822.00 - $32,822.00 (Yearly Salary)

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