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Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice - Level 3 Advanced AWE PLC

As a mechanical maintenance apprentice, you will learn the basics of hand tools then move onto learning the operations of various machines such as milling machines, pillar drill and lathes. You will pick up a variety of skills including setting up rigs, maintenance and set up of basic pipe fittings, and making crank sets and frost coils.

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

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Closing date: 31 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £11,000.00

    Salary increases annually.

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 07:40-16:35 Alternate Fridays: 07:40-16:15 At AWE we work a 9-day fortnight allowing all employees every-other Friday off.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    29 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000091568

  • Positions

    5 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

There is a wide variety of mechanical maintenance roles at AWE such as working on the steam powered heating systems, servicing, checking and hanging filters within air handling units, bearing checks and heat and vibration level checks on motors, and perform routine services. 
 
As a Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice, you will learn the basics of hand tools then move onto learning the operations of various machines such as milling machines, pillar drill and lathes.  You will gain a variety of skills including setting up rigs, maintenance and set up of basic pipe fittings, and making crank sets. Other skills will include disassembling and reassembling equipment such as vacuum pumps, Ogden pumps and calorifiers.  Further experience gained during your apprenticeship will include using hydraulic lifting equipment, cranes, compressed air, heater batteries and air ventilation systems. You will also learn how to make gaskets, pipework (which you will also pressure-test), and re-build gearboxes.  
 
After up to 2 years of hands-on learning at our award-winning Skills Academy, you will then spend another year on placements out in the business. Your experience on these placements could include working on steam leaks and fixing pipework, ultrasound surveys, vibration analysis, and working in the trial assembly & disassembly of explosives. 
 
Mechanical Maintenance may appeal to you if you enjoy: 

  • Understanding how mechanical assemblies work.
  • Understanding how heating, ventilation and cooling systems work.
  • Understanding the operation and maintenance of rotating plant and equipment.
  • Problem solving activities.
  • Being hands on.
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios.

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

Qualification: Science Maintenance Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

The first 2 years of training will take place on-site at our skills academy whilst attending a local college on day release.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

At AWE we offer a guaranteed role for when you've finished your apprenticeship. Our apprentices have gone onto support our business in a variety of roles.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Health & Safety Aware

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential

About the employer

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions. Our role in nuclear defence and what we do to support the UK’s nuclear deterrent, is vital in defending our country from the most extreme threats and to keeping the peace.

Employer

AWE PLC

Address

Atomic Weapons Establishment

Aldermaston

Reading

RG7 4PR

Contact

futurecareers@awe.co.uk

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Training

Training provider

AWE PLC

Apprenticeship standard

Science industry maintenance 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 Mar 2023