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An exciting opportunity to work within a fast-paced and varied engineering environment, maintaining the plant and equipment on one of Europe’s largest and most complex oil refineries.

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

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Closing date: 12 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8.00am - 4.00pm Monday - Friday with 36 hours per week in the first year and 7.30am - 3.30pm, Monday - Friday with 37.5 hours per week in the second year.

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    04 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    15 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Opportunities exist to undertake Apprenticeships in three trades: machinery, electrical maintenance and instrument/analyser.

Machinery Apprentices will work in our workshops and out on the site, installing pumps, compressors, turbines and machine components. With the foundations of your training in traditional engineering, you will also use cutting-edge technology to embrace new ways of working. It is equipment reliability that has led to Fawley Refinery being one of the most productive in the UK. During your time as an apprentice, you will learn to analyse failure modes, identify the root cause and help develop and implement solutions to prevent repeat failures. You will also learn how to use cutting edge technology to set up our machinery within precise tolerances so that they run at their best.

For Electrical Apprentices, power is the key to everything at Fawley. Without it, we couldn’t do what we do, and as we use as much electricity as the whole of Southampton, we have our own power plant.

You will develop skills that range from working with low voltage alarm systems right up to 11,000 volt motors. You’ll gain knowledge of substations, plant areas, switch gears and all the ins and outs of alarm and lighting circuits. All in all, you’ll gain fundamental skills for life in an area that’s fundamental to our business.

An instrumentation/Analyser apprenticeship at ExxonMobil Fawley is both challenging and rewarding. A technical trade in an engineering environment in which you will learn a very wide variety of hand skills and trade based knowledge. Instruments are used to measure and control all the processes that take place on site, as well as providing automated shutdown sequences to ensure the site runs safely.

Within the Instrumentation team you will develop the ability to test, maintain, repair and install instruments as well as learning the technical basis of their operation. Fawley site is home to a wide range of instrument types. You will acquire the skills to work on pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical equipment. There are numerous transferrable skills within instrumentation that can be applied to many roles across multiple industries. As part of the Analyser team you will make up a vital part of the maintenance team that are responsible for the quality control of, not just the final product that is shipped all over the world, but also the environmental regulations that allow the refinery to keep running. Our analysers are responsible for quality analysis of the major component that goes into every car tyre, as well as approximately 15% of the Petrol used in the UK. The analysers measure a range from the Oxygen content in our furnaces to the amount of octane blended into the petrol you use to fill up your car.  As part of the Instrument/Analyser apprenticeship you will learn how these critical pieces of equipment work and how to maintain them!

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

Year 1 will be full time at SETA (the Southampton Engineering Training Association) completing practical training in the first year, plus study towards a technical Certificate. Years 2 and 3 based at the Fawley Refinery working towards an Apprenticeship standard. Note: Hours of work change to 7.30am to 3.30pm in the 2nd and 3rd year. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Potential for permanent employment with ExxonMobil. Whichever area of engineering you choose for your apprenticeship, you’ll gain skills you can use for your entire career - and all over the world.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent A Science Subject (Grade C/4-5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4-5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4-5) Essential

Things to consider

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to SETA to sit aptitude tests Travel to and from SETA training and workplace Full training will be given but we expect our Apprentices to maintain our high standards.

About the employer

Situated on the western side of Southampton Water, ExxonMobil Fawley is the UK’s largest integrated petrochemical complex, producing a range of energy products, lubricants and chemicals that are vital to our everyday lives. ExxonMobil produces petrol, diesel, aviation fuel, LPG plus lubricants, chemical products and rubber which is used in tyres and also an estimated 50% of the world’s supply of covid vaccine vials sealing toppers. We provide employment for 2,500 valued staff and contractors.




Fawley Refinery



SO45 1TX

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Training provider



Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA)

023 8077 1908

Apprenticeship standard

Science industry maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

You will need to register with CareerConnect, ExxonMobil’s recruitment website to apply. Please follow the link to submit an application on the employer’s website. Please choose your preferred Trade on your application form.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 12 Mar 2023