Mechatronic Maintenance Apprentice - Level 3 Advanced AWE PLC

As a Mechatronic maintenance technician at AWE, your role will include servicing, repairing and installing various Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Hydraulic and Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems, all of which are commonly used onsite to support the Machine Tools department and Trials & Test Technology Centre.

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

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £16,000.00

    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: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000215341

  • Positions

    12 available

What you will do in your working day

There is a wide variety of mechanical maintenance roles at AWE. In this one you will be servicing, repairing and installing various Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Hydraulic and Programmable Logic Control (PLC) systems, all of which are commonly used onsite to support the Machine Tools department and Trials & Test Technology Centre.

As a Mechatronic Maintenance Technician you will be responsible for maintaining equipment within all of our production-related facilities, with the goal of maintaining production and ensuring minimal downtime. These activities may include scheduled and breakdown maintenance on all aspects of engineering within your chosen team, including condition-based monitoring and calibration of the equipment. 
 
As an apprentice you will initially be based within the Skills Academy, where you will develop your basic knowledge and core skills, before progressing on to the onsite aspect of your training. At this point you will start to apply and further develop these core skills in a live working environment. In addition to the practical aspects of your training, you will further your knowledge of mechatronics engineering through academic studies as your work towards the completion of your level 3 technical certificate. 

This role may appeal to you if you enjoy:

  • Understanding how mechanical, electrical, electronic and hydraulic systems work
  • Problem solving activities 
  • Being hands on
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios 

The training you will be getting

Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Mechatronics Maintenance Technician
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) 
  • Plus one of the following

    • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technology (QCF) – for starts up to June 2017 only

    • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Technologies (QCF) - for starts up to June 2017 only

    • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – for all starts from 1st July 2017

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

What to expect at the end of your 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, Logical, Team working, Creative, Non judgemental, 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 71 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

earlycareers@awe.co.uk

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Training

Training provider

AWE PLC

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