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Apprentice Materials Test Engineer HOTTINGER BRUEL & KJAER UK LTD

You will join our dedicated materials testing department, supporting the test facility by learning how to perform mechanical testing, maintaining equipment to ensure it meets quality & safety standards and assisting with paperwork relating to internal and commercial work.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 19 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Shifts TBC

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    24 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Joining our team offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to get involved with the operational aspects of a materials testing facility.  In year 1 you will spend 6 months at the AMRC training facility followed by 6 months at HBK learning the basic principles of materials testing.  In years 2 and 3 you will be learning the details of how to conduct testing and data analysis with the objective of being able to work unsupervised by the time you complete your engineering degree.  In year 4 you will run projects of your own and be involved with the training of new interns and apprentices whilst completing your EPA.

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will be:

  1. Learning the processes for testing and assisting the Materials Test Engineers
  2. Learning the processes for data analysis & reporting
  3. Shadowing and assisting the Materials Test Engineers on maintenance on test rigs and machine shop equipment
  4. Learning the processes for design and manufacture of bespoke fixtures and fittings for the test rigs
  5. Assisting in discussions with clients on testing requirements, reporting results and regular meetings
  6. Assisting with continuous improvement tasks relating to existing and new equipment

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Sound engineering understanding of a wide range of applications
  • Good team working and communication skills
  • High standard of professional integrity
  • Good time management and ability to work with minimum supervision

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate a passion for engineering
  • Willingness to learn and receive feedback in a positive manner
  • Proactive in taking actions to improve things for both yourself and others

Desired qualifications

Degree Apprenticeship entry requirements

You will need ONE of the following:

  • A minimum of two A-Levels at grade 6 (or B) or above, including a mathematical-based subject and a science, technology, engineering or an additional mathematics-related subject
  •  An Engineering BTEC Level 3 with at least 120 credits at DM (Distinction Merit) level or above
  •  EAL Diploma in an engineering-based subject at D (Distinction) level
  •  Equivalent qualifications such as Cambridge Technical Levels at DM (Distinction Merit) or above

Plus A minimum of three GCSEs at grade 5 (or C) or above, in mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering-related subject.

Candidates with a HND or Foundation Degree or who have completed the second year of a degree in a relevant subject can be assessed for direct entry onto the 2nd year or 3rd year of the programme (BEng top-up), but 1st year entry or an alternative pathway may still be recommended.

Candidates who have not studied in the UK can submit transcripts for qualifications equivalent to level 3 which the admissions panel will review and may be taken in lieu of the specified qualifications.

Applicants are required to successfully complete the AMRC and employer recruitment and selection process to secure a place on an apprenticeship programme. 

If you are uncertain about whether your qualifications meet the entry tariff for the degree apprenticeship, please contact the Recruitment Team

Future prospects

Completion of this apprenticeship is just the start of your career and can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors.

Things to consider

  • During the first year you will be required to attend the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield, full time for an initial block of study. 
  • One Friday per month you will return to your workplace. 
  • After the initial block training you will attend the AMRC Training Centre for one day a week to undertake the knowledge study. 
  • The remaining four days will be spent in company learning on the job.

About the employer

HBK are currently looking for an Apprentice Materials Testing Engineer to expand our team based at our Advanced Materials Characterisation and Testing Facility in Rotherham, located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe.  This is an exciting role for an young person with an interest in materials testing and fatigue behaviour.  HBK helps engineers deliver durable and reliable products and avoid the cost of unexpected failures.  We empower data-driven confidence through accurate analysis and simulation, enabling our customers to achieve success through failure prediction.  Our software brands for durability and reliability, nCode and ReliaSoft, provide compelling value to engineering companies around the globe.  Our customers operate in a wide range of engineering sectors, ranging from formula 1 to defence aerospace to medical applications, and we test everything from engineering polymers to high performance metals.




Advanced Manufacturing Park Technol

Brunel Way


S60 5WG

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Amrc Training Centre


Recruitment Team

Control Technical Support Engineer Level 6 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard

Control technical support engineer

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please follow the link to the AMRC Training Centre Website, Complete the expression of interest form. Once this has been received it will be reviewed and you will receive an email response with the next steps of application process.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Jun 2022