Apprentice (Precision Maintenance Engineer) United Utilities

Want to be part of building a greener, healthier and stronger North West? We’ll provide you with industry leading skills and the experience you’ll need to succeed in your career. Come and join us as an apprentice Precision Maintenance Engineer to carry out inspection, analysis, diagnosis and reporting on the condition and performance of our assets.

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

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Closing date: 03 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Annual increase

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    06 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

During this 18 month apprenticeship, you will gain the required skills and knowledge to ensure potential problems are identified across our critical assets before they become critical failures and therefore maximise the availability, performance and reliability of our assets in a cost effective manner.

The Precision Maintenance Engineer is seen as the subject matter expert in predictive maintenance techniques in the field, and as such is capable of and available to assist maintenance colleagues in data collection techniques and technology to aid diagnosis.

During your apprenticeship you'll learn to:

  • Undertake condition monitoring tasks on critical equipment
  • Carry out minor remedial work on assets e.g. Laser Alignment
  • Undertake online monitoring of asset base through performance management platforms
  • Undertake commissioning activities to ensure assets are received into our asset base appropriately and within tolerances
  • Lead fault diagnosis on bad actor assets and support root cause fault analysis sessions

The training you will be getting

  • Successful apprentices will achieve Engineering Operative level 2 which is endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Training will be Apprentice workplace and Day Release

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Precision Maintenance Engineer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 2 GCSE's to include Maths & English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) Essential

About the employer

United Utilities is responsible for water and wastewater services in the North West of England. Our purpose is to provide great water and more for the North West. We deliver 1.8 billion litres of water a day to more than 3 million homes and businesses in the North West, as well as treating all the wastewater which disappears around the U-bend. Keeping the region flowing relies on a vast behind the scenes operation, involving hundreds of reservoirs, treatment works and pumping stations; thousands of kilometres of water pipes and sewers and a 5,000 strong workforce.


United Utilities




CA11 0AB

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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 operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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: 03 Mar 2024