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Apprentice Engineer Gas Design Pipe Fitter Johnson Matthey Technology Centre

The Sonning site has multiple labs which use piped gas supplies from hundreds of external bottles and several bulk containers, many of which are toxic and/or flammable. The main purpose of this role is ensuring that the supply of these gases is safely distributed within the site.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, 30mins unpaid lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    08 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    24 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

On completion of the apprenticeship, it is expected that the Laboratory Gas Pipe Fitter / Technician will have the following accountabilities:

Planning of new Systems:

  • Work with Scientists to understand their requirements
  • Produce P&ID diagrams for Gas Supply systems
  • Identify Pipework routing from supplies to Labs
  • Work with Suppliers to identify correct equipment
  • Produce Bills of Materials ready for ordering

Installation of Systems:

  • Routing and fixing pipework
  • Joining pipework using orbital welding and compression fittings
  • Mounting Valves, Gauges, Regulators and connecting to pipework and flexible hoses
  • Leak testing systems
  • Completing Gas records

Maintenance of Systems:

  • Responding to Issues with Gas Systems
  • Informing users of upcoming maintenance shutdowns
  • Replacement of Components such as Gauges, Regulators, Valves and Hoses

Maintenance of Records:

  • Ensuring all gas lines are labelled correctly
  • Maintaining Site drawing records of both P&ID drawings and physical location drawings using CAD
  • Maintaining database of gas supply lines
  • Updating Gas bottle records
  • Ensuring the Integrity and Safety of all site Gas Systems

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills


  • Enrolment on an Engineering Fitter (or possibly Technician) Apprenticeship Scheme
  • PC Skills – Word and Excel
  • Good level of communication skills – verbal, written


  • Experience in Computer Aided Design 
  • Experience in working with pipework or knowledge of Gas supply systems 

Personal qualities


  • Close attention to detail
  • Spatial awareness – ability to visualise in 3D
  • Awareness of Safety 
  • Interest in practical work 


  • Ability to multi-task 
  • Motivation and commitment to work in a team environment and delivering on time 
  • Motivation to continue learning
  • Completer / Finisher

Desired qualifications


Future prospects

There are long-term career prospects for the right candidate who is willing to learn and progress post apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Please seriously consider transport to work and College.

When answering questions, please give plenty of detail, including explanation of answers plus examples. 

About the employer

As a global leader in sustainable technologies, we apply our cutting-edge science to create solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us.


Johnson Matthey Technology Centre


Blounts Court



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Activate Apprenticeships Reading


Mark Chen-Wishart 01865550480

Advanced Apprenticeship Standard Engineering Fitter:  

  • L2 Dip in Advanced Manufacturing (Foundation Comp)
  • L3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

Level 3 (A level)

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