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Engineering technician level 3 apprentice- Mechatronics Pathway Cranfield University

This role is focused on the creation of world leading academic knowledge within the multiple disciplines that make up defence engineering and technology. It provides teaching, research and consultancy excellence with a focus on real world problems and the solutions to the same. The role sits within the Vehicles and Mechatronics Group.

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

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8.30 am – 5.00 pm Mon – Thurs 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Friday and 1 hour per day for lunch

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The primary role is to successfully complete an apprenticeship development programme leading to a Level 3 Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship. This training position will develop the post holder to be able to provide a premier technical provision to the academic centre facilities in the school, working in partnership with technical and academic colleagues of all levels to ensure effective operation of facilities as a whole.

The focus of this job is discovery and development of aptitude and capabilities through formal study and learning on the job from senior/more experienced colleagues, through an exposure to a range of activities.

Main Duties:

To complete successful training over the apprenticeship and develop technical skills in a range of engineering disciplines and activities to support the work of the School:

  • Learn how to employ mechatronics focused apparatus and facilities to support key deliverables for the educational and research needs of the Group, Centre and School
  • Learn and understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a mechatronics environment and the type of equipment being used, maintained or installed
  • Learn and understand mechanical, electrical, electronic, fluid power and process control principles in a mechatronics environment
  • Learn and understand how equipment being used, maintained or installed for mechatronics functions
  • Learn and understand fault diagnostic methods, techniques and equipment used when maintaining equipment and systems
  • Learn and understand condition monitoring methods and equipment used and understand how the information gained supports the planning of maintenance activities
  • Learn how to read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to maintain components, equipment and systems
  • Learn how to carry out condition monitoring of plant and equipment • Learn how to carry out fault diagnostics, repair and planned maintenance activities on mechatronics focused plant and equipment

Full job description can be given on request

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

No essential experience as this is an apprentice role however you should be keen to learn

  • IT literate
  • Able to plan and organise to meet deadlines
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills Good grammar, spelling, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able and willing to follow instructions and learn new skills

Personal qualities

Ability to demonstrate the Cranfield University values: Ambition, Impact, Respect and Community

Desired qualifications

5 GCSE’s Grade A*-C or 9-4 including maths, English and science (or equivalent level qualifications or relevant experience.

Future prospects

It is expected that on successful completion of the apprenticeship, the successful candidate will progress to a junior technician role.

Things to consider


  • Be willing to undertake security clearance as required for the post
  • Benefits, pay and pension (

New College Swindon

  • All applicants will need to complete an entry maths test and pass the minimum mark to be put forward
  • All applicants will attend a pre-screen meeting with New College and complete the necessary registration paperwork
  • By submitting your application, you are confirming that you are happy for New College Swindon to share this information with the employer as part of the process

About the employer

At Shrivenham, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, we provide you with cutting edge facilities to increase your potential to the highest level possible.

Our range of learning facilities include:

  • Simulation and Synthetic Environment Laboratory
  • Decision Analysis and Risk Management Laboratory
  • Forensic Institute Analytical Laboratory
  • Materials Characterisation Facility
  • Radiation facilities
  • Defence Test and Evaluation Centre
  • Explosive facilities
  • Ballistics Test ranges
  • Unmanned Autonomous Systems Laboratory
  • Intelligent Propulsion and Emissions Laboratory   

The Barrington Library:

The library supports all students and staff members by providing books, journals and online content in support of all subjects taught and researched at Cranfield Defence and Security, including:

  • A core collection of more than 165,000 hard-copy books and 40,000 research and technical reports
  • A comprehensive range of subject databases, 14,000 eBooks and more than 36,000 full-text electronic journals
  • An effective inter-library loan service for obtaining any documents you need, to which we do not have immediate access - details of all these may be accessed via the Barrington Digital Library
  • Full training for all students on how to make best use of the library resources, including advice on referencing and how to keep up to date in your academic discipline
  • Thesis workshops, online training, one-to-one assistance and study skills guidance via the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Dedicated Library Information Specialist for each course to provide you with full support in using the library throughout your time at Shrivenham, and help is always available online via the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service
  • Access to theses, staff papers and classified material (subject to the requirements of your chosen course) via the Library Reports Section - no other UK university can provide this
  • Excellent contacts with Dstl, Qinetiq, Ministry of Defence libraries and overseas military establishments, meaning hard-to-find material can often be sourced
  • Support of the University’s Careers Service by hosting both a careers information area and private meeting space for students to have careers guidance interviews
  • Takeaway copies and reference materials on all aspects of careers development such as the Cranfield CV guide, as well as guidance on the recruitment process, including application forms, psychometric tests and interviews
  • A suite of IT resources which will support your learning throughout your studies whether on or off campus

Additional support is also offered to those with disabilities, including adjustments to services and providing assistive support technology where appropriate.


Cranfield University





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Additional location information

Cranfield Defence and Security SN6 8LA


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by New College


John Economou

Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • EAL Level 3 AME- Technical Support Technician (Development Competence)

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2022