Systems Engineering Apprentice Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd

Apprenticeship to train as System Engineers to modular build and final test our product range of Electron Microscopes.

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    37 hours

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Dec 2017

  • Date posted

    02 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

A 3 year Apprenticeship to train as a System Engineer to modular build and final test our product range of Electron Microscopes.

Apprentices will spend time in all departments of the company during the Apprenticeship, learning about all aspects of the business from Product Management, to Research & Development the duties will include the measurement and testing of systems, production of components and final test and service.

There will be exposure to LEAN production techniques and involvement in workshops developing new LEAN concepts for the workplace. This will be coupled with external training leading to at least an ONC but could also lead to an HNC or even degree depending on the individual.

Compared to optical microscopes, SEMs allow much finer detail to be observed and can resolve objects down to the nanometre level. (A nanometre is one billionth of a metre or 100-thousand times less than the diameter of a human hair!)

ZEISS SEMs are used for many applications and are found in university labs, industrial quality control labs and even in air force bases.

As well as imaging, SEMs can be used to analyse materials. For example, Carl Zeiss produces a SEM called JetSCAN that is used to analyse oil samples from military jet engines. The analysis gives information about the health of the jet engine, and allows the air force service technicians to make a decision about when to perform maintenance to ensure that the jet engine remains safe to fly.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Dexterous.
  • Team player.
  • Numerate.
  • Methodical and logical thinker.

Personal qualities

  • Motivated.
  • Keen to learn a trade.
  • Involvement with local community project or activity desirable.
  • Interest in Electronics and Mechanics.

Qualifications required

  • GCSEs, GRADE C or above including Maths, English, IT and a Science based subject (preferably Physics) or equivalent.

Future prospects

Final Test Engineer, Service Engineer, Research & Development, LEAN & Production Engineering.

Things to consider

You will be expected to study in your own time. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour (from October 1st 2017 ). This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Carl Zeiss Ltd is the Sales and Service arm of Carl Zeiss. A world wide company with a very large product range. We maintain and sell all of the Zeiss products ranging from highly complex medical equipment such as electron microscopes (manufactured at the Cambridge site) and lenses that replace those in the human eye. To sports optical equipment such as camera lenses and binoculars.


Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd



Coldhams Lane



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Training provider

  • On the job, rotation through departments.
  • Externally at local college. 
  • Specific performing engineering operation (PEO) units, Functional skills and ERR.
  • NVQ Level 3 work based learning in company.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by West Anglia Training Association


Samantha Moran

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Closing date: 31 Oct 2017