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You will be developing complex mechanical and / or mechatronic systems for Space applications, such as In-orbit servicing, Propulsion, Lunar, Exploration, Deep Space missions etc. You will be working with other Mechanical, Design & System Engineers on a project to deliver a new propulsion system for a spacecraft launching in 2024.

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Closing date: 21 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The company offers a good annual leave package, including allowances for care leave, bereavement and getting married. There is critical illness cover offered after 1 year of employment.

  • Working week

    Working Monday to Friday, with training every Thursday, you will work 38.5 hours / week (including training). We operate a Flexi-time system. You can work between 07:00 - 20:00 to suit, but must be in work between 10:00 - 12 noon & 14:00 - 16:00.

    Total hours per week: 38.5

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    26 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

You will be helping other Mechanical, Design and System Engineers to provide:

  • Trade offs for the selection of the best conceptual architectures and design
  • Definition of mechanical architectures and designs from specifications
  • Structural and thermal modelling and analysis of complex subsystems
  • Conceptual and detailed designs to meet the technical requirements
  • Support to system engineers and definition, implementation of the development and verification approach, producing corresponding documentation, i.e. design, development & verification plans, design reports, ICD, VCD, test plans
  • Technical support to Business Development for bids / proposals and developments
  • Technical support to MAIT for the fabrication, assembly, integration and tests

Person Specification

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 4 to 9 (Grade C or above), including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject
  • A Levels at grade C or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.

We would also consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or through work experience.  

We would look for the following skills:

  • Process knowledge required as a Mechanical / Analysis / Design Engineer for the design, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing procedures within high precision or space engineering disciplines
  • Passion for Technologies / Space / High-precision Engineering
  • Able to communicate effectively and professionally with technical engineers
  • Excellent technical writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Able to manage time, work within a team and work autonomously when required
  • Basic knowledge of CAD software, e.g. Solidworks, CATIA
  • Basic knowledge of FEM/FEA software, e.g. ANSYS


Desired skills would include:

  • Knowledge of ESA ECSS standards for Space mechanical systems and mechanisms
  • practical experience developing high-precision / Space mechanical subsystems
  • Basic knowledge of other related computing software, e.g. Matlab.


Your working week

Your apprenticeship training will take place every Thursday in Aylesbury. 

The rest of the week will be at Westcott Venture Park.  Our facilities here include a high voltage electronics area, clean rooms, vacuum chambers, test cells, mechanical build areas and office space. We are a small company and people are typically involved in 2 or 3 projects. 

We operate flexi-time.  Everyone is expected to be in work between !0:00 to 12 noon, then again between 14:00 to 16:00.  The rest of your hours can be worked between 07:00 and 20:00 to suit individual preferences. 

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The training will be led by Buckinghamshire New University, and the training for this course will be at the Aylesbury Campus. 

  • The qualification to be achieved is: BEng (Hons) Engineering Design (Mechanical Engineering)
  • The training will be undertaken one day per week, on a Thursday
  • You will also have an engineering mentor within the company. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We would anticipate offering a permenant engineering position to anyone successfully completing this apprenticeship.  This role would be tailored based on skillset and desired career plans. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Two more subjects (Grade 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths or Engineering (Grade C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science subject or further maths (Grade C) Essential
Other Work or experience based learning can be shown (Grade in place of A levels) Desired

About the employer

AVS UK is an engineering company which is part of the AVS group, headquartered in Spain. We work with a sister company, also part of the AVS Group, URA Thrusters, which is entirely UK based. AVS UK develops space propulsion systems and scientific instrumentation. URA Thrusters was officially born in 2019 in order to commercialise the use of water for in space propulsion. Both companies work with very small to very large satellite systems, and endeavour to do so in a sustainable way.




Westcott Innovation Centre

Westcott Venture Park, Westcott


HP18 0XB


Emily Dingle


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Manufacturing engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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