Engineering Technician (Electrical) Advanced Apprenticeship DIAMOND LIGHT SOURCE LIMITED

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific research facilities in the world, providing an exciting opportunity to work and learn in a unique environment that is contributing to shaping and changing the world and our understanding of it. Our technicians are a critical, vital and integral part of Diamond and the important work undertaken here.

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

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Closing date: 17 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £14,000 in year 1 (and then increased annually)

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm approx.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    14 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Mechanical and electrical assembly and installation of bespoke, prototype, high-tech equipment.
  • Work on electro-mechanical aspects of the scientific instrumentation including - racks and field equipment and installation of motors and electrical sensors for items such as vacuum, pneumatics, water flow and temperature monitoring.
  • Assembling, testing, maintaining and upgrading existing beamline equipment.
  • Assisting in design, installation and commissioning of further specialist beamline equipment.
  • General work, including electrical cabling, designing and building simple mechanical devices.
  • Assisting Diamond scientists with user experiments.
  • Carrying out regular inspection of installed equipment to comply with safety regulations.
  • Competence to undertake mechanical and electrical / electronic fault finding.
  • Ensuring that all work is carried out safely and using the correct processes.
  • Diagnosing and rectifying faults on a range of circuits and equipment.
  • Timely completion of the work relating to the apprenticeship qualifications and completion of the apprenticeship programme.

The training you will be getting

The first year is spent split between 3 days at Abingdon & Witney College (Abingdon Campus) and 2 days at Diamond working towards a Level 2 Engineering Operative apprenticeship. Over the course of the remaining 3 years, you will undertake comprehensive on the job training across a variety of placements on site gaining hands-on-experience in Mechanical Assembly and Fitting, Electrical Assembly and Testing, Vacuum Engineering, CNC and Machining, Motion Controls and Engineering Office Design Practice. There will be day release to Abingdon & Witney College in years 2, 3 and 4 where you will study for the Level 3 Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship.

Delivery model:

  • Work based training with your employer
  • Day release to college during term time
  • Regular on-site assessment and training visits across all four years
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and / or English (if needed)

    The qualifications you'll gain are:
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills)
  • Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Technical Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence)
  • Level 2 functional skills in Maths and / or English (if required)

End Point Assessment:

  • Occupational competence interview
  • Professional cometence assessment
  • Employer endorsement of occuaptional and professional competence


What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

For the right candidates, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, this could lead to permanent employment as an Engineering Technician at Diamond. Diamond also provides further development opportunities for employees which may include higher level apprenticeships, training and / or study as examples.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Practical skills, Interest in science/technology


GCSE or equivalent Any Subject (Grade C / 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade C / 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C / 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent one Science (Grade C / 4) Essential

Things to consider

Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Assessment and Information Session . If you would like to talk to us about any aspect of this please call us on 01235 216216.

About the employer

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology. As one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, Diamond provides the opportunity to work and learn within an exciting and unique working environment with a vast array of scientific research that really does make a difference in shaping and changing the world and our understanding of it. Our technicians are a critical, vital and integral part of Diamond and the work that is undertaken here.




Diamond House

Harwell Science

And Innovation Campus

OX11 0DE


Dawn Maskens

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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

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: 17 Mar 2024