Materials Science Technology Degree Apprenticeship Luxfer MEL Technologies

As a Materials Science Apprentice you will be predominantly based in the world-renowned Magnesium Technology Centre, where you will be involved in developing future lightweight advanced materials. You will also complete placements in other departments such as Quality Assurance and Manufacturing, which will be done in six monthly blocks.

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Closing date: 06 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The role is part of the R&D department at Luxfer MEL Technologies’ (LMT) Manchester site. The magnesium business within LMT design, develop and manufacture novel magnesium alloys used in a range of applications from aerospace. The zirconium chemicals business at LMT develop materials that go into catalyst and healthcare applications.

Your duties will include but not limited to:

  • Sectioning of castings, extrusion and forgings, followed by preparation of specimens for analysis
  • Mechanical testing of materials
  • Assisting in the developmental foundry to prepare small castings
  • Collating results and report writing
  • Working with the wider business to improve all company products and processes

Note :

In a rapidly developing business environment, flexible team working is the way forward to meet the Company’s goals as set in the overall strategic plan. Therefore, you will, from time to time, be required to undertake other activities of a similar nature that fall within your capabilities.  It is necessary for each employee to assist, or cover all aspects of their departmental responsibilities when the need arises.

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

  • The degree award is BEng (Hons) Materials Technology
  • Functional Skills if required
  • You will attend Sheffield Hallam University on a series of short study blocks

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Permanent roles are offered at the end of successful apprenticeship for a long term career with Luxfer MEL Technologies.

On-going training will be given to support the individual's learning and development.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


A Level or equivalent Maths, Science or Engineering (Grade BBC / Distinction Merit Merit) Essential

Things to consider

SHU Progress provides support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean that there are barriers to going to university. For more information on the scheme, including how to join, please visit the website:

About the employer

Luxfer MEL Technologies is part of the Luxfer Group Plc comprising of five business units – Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Luxfer Graphic Arts, Luxfer Magtech, Luxfer MEL Technologies and Luxfer Superform. Luxfer MEL Technologies provides innovative products and solutions to customers worldwide for use in a broad range of markets, including Aerospace, Automotive, Catalysis, Oil and Gas , Ceramics and Healthcare. Our key products are based on world-class magnesium and zirconium technology.


Luxfer MEL Technologies


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M27 8LN

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Apprenticeship standard

Materials science technologist (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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