Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Babcock International

Do you want to turn your passion for engineering and science into a rewarding career? Our 3.5 year apprenticeship gives you hands-on experience in inspecting materials, welds, components and plant to ensure the Royal Navy’s fleet is ready for any mission.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Fully funded qualification, personal development training and opportunities, a minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays, competitive pension scheme, employee share scheme, flexible benefits including employee shopping savings portal.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. Times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

This is no ordinary engineering apprenticeship. As a Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician, you’ll use various methods, such as ultrasonics, radiography and infrared thermography, to detect cracks and other imperfections in manufactured components, including those that have been in service for a period of time. 
It’s an exciting role where you'll be at the heart of crucial decisions. Whether to operate, repair, or replace a component will hinge on your precise findings. 
You'll gain a broad range of skills including: 

  • Three Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods, including a complex method, such as ultrasonics, eddy current, radiography or infrared thermography.
  • The ability to apply multiple scientific principles to identify flaws obscured by structural or volumetric features that are not necessarily visible on the surface.
  • Formula-based engineering and the scientific principles underpinning relevant current technologies.
  • How to use materials, equipment, tools, processes and products relating to NDT.
  • Preparation of NDT procedures, technique sheets and work instructions for use by NDT operators.
  • How to use and apply information from technical literature, codes of practice and industry standards.
  • The limitations of standard tests and measurements relevant to their field of activity.  

You'll also enjoy spending time with our friendly NDT team and interacting with different parts of our business to expand your skills and knowledge.  

The training you will be getting

You'll be working towards a Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship standard focuses on Quality Assurance, Health and Safety, Project Management and Leadership.

Your apprenticeship will primarily take place on-site. You’ll be immersed in real-world scenarios and gain hands-on learning experience that is both practical and effective.  
During your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to spend some time away at one of our training provider’s sites in Sheffield (carried out one week at a time), which will equip you with invaluable experience. Accommodation and travel will be provided. 

In the non-destructive testing sector, Apprentices are required to achieve industry-recognised NDT Level 2 certification in three methods in accordance with national and international standards.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business. 

On finishing your apprenticeship, you’ll be ready to start an exciting career as a Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician, helping to support the Royal Navy’s fleet. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Analytical skills, Logical


GCSE or equivalent Including English, Maths and Science/Technology (Grade Grade C/5) Essential

Things to consider

Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold may impact which roles you are eligible for. You must be able to achieve BPSS (Baseline security) and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

About the employer

Babcock is an international defence company operating in our focus countries of the UK, Australasia, Canada, France and South Africa, with exports to additional markets with potential to become focus countries. We meet our customers’ key requirements of affordability, availability, and capability by delivering engineering, support and critical systems to defence and civil markets.


Babcock International


Devonport Royal Dockyard




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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Non-destructive testing engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Once you’ve clicked ‘Apply’, you’ll be taken to our application site. Set up a candidate profile and you can apply for roles at Babcock.

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

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024