Midland Oil Refinery Ltd, West Midlands – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Midland Oil


Working for Midland Oil
Midland Oil been blending Industrial Lubricants and providing oil regeneration and distillation services to industry for over 60 years. They have an extensive customer base in the UK and export to countries worldwide, covering industries from Aerospace, Automotive, shipyards, to name a few.

They’re looking for meticulous people like you to assist with the day-to-day production testing at their laboratory based in Halesowen, West Midlands.

In this role, you’ll be a key player in the day-to-day production testing of industrial lubricants. You will be responsible for the efficient analysis of customer-based enquiry samples that will include the testing of routine and customer complaints, and the preparation of samples to be supplied to the customer either direct or through customer service managers.

What it's like being a Level 3 Laboratory Technician

As a laboratory testing technician apprentice for Midland Oil your goal will be to learn how to analyse samples to ensure compliance and determine their suitability for recovery.

A typical day consists of working closely with production management and production staff to ensure the smooth running of the site, whilst being responsible for the analysis of incoming bulk oils to ensure suitability to process through the plant. Whatever you’re testing, know that with Midland Oil you’ll always be using the industry's leading equipment in a controlled, safe environment, surrounded by experts.

No two days are ever the same as a materials testing technician. You’ll spend time between testing in the lab and keeping accurate records on waste material arriving onsite, as well as other day to day activities. Working as part of a close-knit team, you won’t be alone. You’ll be supported and guided, learning on the job, by a team of experienced technicians to gain official qualifications that’ll boost your career.



• The ability to show an interest in construction, science, or laboratory testing


• Ideally English, Maths and Science GCSE A-C grade or equivalent (however lower grades will be considered, so don’t be put off)

Skills and characteristics

• Computer literate (Microsoft Office)
• Accurate and meticulous person
• Self-driven
• Reliable
• Determined
• Ability to get on with a broad spectrum of people

So how does the apprenticeship work?

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

Over 21 months, you’ll devote 20% of your 37.5 hours of working time towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at Midland Oil who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career. The best part? You’ll be earning £10,920 a year while you learn.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

Tiro and Midland Oil’s goal is to transform you into a fully competent technician, ideally open to accepting a full-time, permanent position within the team.

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Role overview

Wage: £5.60 (rises to National Minimum Wage by age after 12 months)

Hours per week: 37.5

Length: 21 months

Required: The ability to show an interest in science, or laboratory testing