V01906 - Apprentice Support Engineer BAE SYSTEMS PLC

The role of Support Engineer Apprentice within BAE Systems involves the application of engineering and logistic principles to develop solutions to support Astute, Dreadnought and SSNA Class of submarines and their operations.

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    We offer a competitive salary with annual increases throughout the apprenticeship and a range of employee benefits including, free higher education as well as access to the Company pension and Share Incentive plan.

  • Working week


    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

You would be joining a dedicated team of Support Engineers that create maintenance routines and documentation that are provided to the Royal Navy for use onboard Submarines to ensure a constant at sea deterrent.

As a Support Engineer, the role will involve developing & applying your understanding of a range of Supportability Engineering Integrated Product Support (IPS) processes, tools, systems and techniques.

Applying these to the review and analysis of supplier data against components, equipments and systems where you can develop support solutions to both in-service & future RN platforms.

A support engineer will undertake a range of different engineering activities aimed at developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Engineering Technician – Technical Support apprenticeship standard.

On this three year Apprenticeship you’ll acquire the necessary skills to ensure that the equipment that we design and support can be operated and maintained safely, effectively and efficiently.

Specific activities could include

  • Develop Operating and Maintenance procedures for Submarine systems and equipment
  • Manage the Build Configuration Record of the Boat
  • Aid in the delivery of the Supporting Technical Documentation for systems and equipment fitted to the platform.
  • Develop the associated spares required onboard the Submarine which will be carried on operations and held at Base including the
  • Ashore facilities and Test Equipment.
  • Conduct Design for Support – Ensuring what is designed can be supported
  • Conduct Availability and Reliability analysis – Using modelling tools and techniques to assess the reliability and availability of equipments and systems 
  • Conduct Reliability Centered Maintenance – Using approved industry toolsets to assess what might break and what needs maintenance and when
  • Conduct Data and Application Management – Understanding, managing and analysing data across multiple applications and disciplines
  • Design Support Solutions - Ensuring that the Support Solution integrates and considers the elements considered under IPS
  • Comply Initial Support Packages – Ensuring that the right Spares & Tools are in the right locations, at the right time, in the right condition and with the correct quantities.
  • Production of digital technical information that is complete, coherent and consistent – Supporting operation, maintenance, diagnosis, repair and disposal through-life
  • Configuration Management of data and products - Understanding what you have and in what condition.

A Submarine is just like any other vehicle and attracts a requirement for maintenance. As a Support Engineer you would be looking at everything that is involved in this, from identifying what maintenance could be required, to the tools and spares required to carry out the maintenance and understanding the reliability and availability of the equipment onboard.

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard - Technical Support pathway, delivered by BAE Systems PLC.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Around 95% of apprentices choose to stay on with us. As a global business there are a world of opportunities – whether you decide to stay in the UK, or explore an overseas role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs inc Maths, Science, English & Technology (Grade A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent)) Essential

About the employer

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 93,000 people in around 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.




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1st Floor, Main Shipyard Offices


LA14 1AF


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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

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024