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Title:  Engineering Apprenticeship (Polymer)

Requisition ID:  65736
Date:  Jul 7, 2024

Dublin, Leinster, IE

Department:  Engineering


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  


Job Summary:

The Polymer Apprentice will be responsible for the efficient set up and operation of polymer processing lines in the fields of injection moulding for the production of plastic components relevant to industry standards. Responsible for operating moulding and any auxiliary equipment. Responsible for inspecting product to a pre-determined specification and completing all documentation necessary to provide quality, production and traceability records in accordance with ISO9002/EN46002/ISO14001 standards/ customer specifications. Responsible for making technical adjustments to the machine as required. Reports to the Production Engineer.



•             •             Leaving Certificate or equivalent, Grade 06 at ordinary level in 5 subjects, 2 of which must be math’s and a language (English or Irish)

•             Willing to travel and temporary relocation to complete educational modules.

•             Flexibility to adapt to required working pattern which will include days and shift.

•             Must have good verbal reasoning, numerate ability and mechanical aptitude skills.

•             Must have good communication skills, both written and oral.

•             Must be able to work in a team environment.

•             Must be willing to work on a shift basis in the business.

•             Ability to work on their own initiative.

•             Previous production work experience in an injection-moulding environment would be an advantage.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Over the period of the 3-year apprenticeship the candidates will be progress to include the following duties and

  • Responsibilities:

  • Take part in phased college semesters in accordance with course requirements and ensure course work and exams are completed and passed.

  • Ensures the quality of the parts produced by inspecting parts visually and through measuring devices.

  • Supporting the shift and PGL by reporting on/resolving process/technical issues.

  • Ensure the machine settings as per the validated status are recorded on relevant documentation if applicable.

  • Attend production meetings as required.

  • Attend to all incidents of downtime and record in the relevant documentation on a daily basis.

  • Define machine status on OEE System in order to determine machine downtime and run time.

  • Assisting with the introduction and validation of new tooling as required.

  • Work closely with maintenance, tool room and process engineers to ensure technical support for the room.

  • Completes Tool changes.

  • Provide assistance, support, and training to operators on the shift.

  • Performs line clearance in conjunction with the relevant procedures.

  • Maintaining accuracy of batch documentation at all times and ensuring that it is filled in and right first time.

  • Ensure that machines are stopped and started as per the relevant start up procedures in manufacturing manual.

  • Understands and safely operates all equipment.

  • Reports and/or corrects unsafe working conditions.

  • Ensures all moulding machines and ancillary equipment are working correctly and reports any problems.

  • Performs mold cleaning and cleaning of machines/robots and ancillary equipment on a daily/monthly basis.

  • Ensures that the correct raw materials are being used at each moulding machine; ensures raw material is staged/ready for next shift.

  • Maintains work areas in a clean and orderly manner by practicing good housekeeping.

  • Maintains and updates assigned measures of performance, in conjunction with the Production Group leader.

  • Stands in as acting PGL during period of absence or holidays if required.

  • Compliance to all site Environmental, Health and Safety requirements training, and regulations.

  • Compliance to all local site company policies, procedures and corporate policies.

  • Act in accordance with the company’s guiding principles and adherence to the corporate Code of Conduct.

  • Develops and maintains methods/procedures and all supporting documentation to meet the requirements of ISO 9001/ ISO 13485 / ISO 14001.

  • Performs additional duties at the request of the direct supervisor.


Physical and Mental Requirements


  • Medium - exerting up to 50lb/22kg of force occasionally and/or up to 20lbs/9kg of force frequently, and/or up to 10lbs/4kgs of force constantly to move objects.

Job-related activities that require physical activity:

  • Must be able to stand/walk for periods of up to 4 hours between rest periods.

  • Must be able to lift equipment and tools up to 25kg up to 10 times per day.

  • Must be able to climb up and down stepladders/stairs up to 10 times per day.



  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks; must be detail orientated and self-motivated.

  • Must be able to deal with all levels of employees and work across various departments.

  • Must be able to work independently on own projects while working concurrently with all departments.

  • Establishes relationships with the customers and Equipment/ Raw Material suppliers in pursuit of continuous improvement and on-going business development.


Delegation of Duties:

When absent from the site duties and responsibilities will be delegated to the following designates.

  • Process Engineer


West embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We foster an environment where all individuals are safe, treated fairly, valued and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Where permitted by law, employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of post-offer background screening and/or drug screening.  

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