Apprentice Development Engineer OXFORD INSTRUMENTS PLC

An Apprenticeship at Oxford Instruments will kickstart your career! Rather than desk-defined duties and repetitive routines, we’ll embrace your curiosity and tenacity and empower you to engage and problem-solve. We’ll drive your learning and career development by supporting your active engagement in meetings, teamwork, and tangible problem-solving.

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Closing date: 03 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, Shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learn and contribute to route cause analysis teams when development activities require a disciplined approach using techniques such as 5Whys or 8D
  • Learn and use competently all company software to be able to understand drawings, SOPs, BOMs, Test documentation, Control plans and their uses
  • Carry out testing of sub-assemblies or complete systems to confirm new or improved designs or parts work as expected whilst maintaining high standards of discipline recording data
  • Undertake various placements throughout the company to be exposed to their working environment and be able to work within these areas for example: Production, Test, Inspection, Procurement, etc
  • Training will also include attendance at college/university to study for the relevant qualifications as agreed between the company and yourself
  • Continuously improve skill levels during your apprenticeship and training scheme and be competent and able to ask for help and advice as required
  • Understand the processes for product development and be able to advise in design reviews, ultimately enabling us to produce better products
  • Contribute within FMEA and Safety Reviews to ensure our products meet appropriate safety and compliance standards

At the end of your training:

  • You will be able to operate our standard products safely and have a good appreciation for the mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, vacuum, and robotic handling systBe able to navigate around schematics and P&IDs on our tools to assist in any tool investigations
  • Be able to support the design team and provide advice on DFA, DFM and DFS for our products
  • Be responsible for authoring concise test documentation to support the departments test and validation activities
  • Always comply to the company’s health and safety requirements and take a personal responsibility for others at all times

The training you will be getting

Manufacturing Engineer (Level 6) Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Level 2 knowledge and competance
  • Level 4 knowledge and competance
  • Level 6 knowledge and competence
  • 20% off the job training
  • End Point Assessment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Permanent position at Oxford Instruments

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Understanding of engineering, Commitment to learning, Professional manner


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4/C and above) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 relevant A Level subjects or a relevant BTEC (Grade C or above) Essential

About the employer

Oxford Instruments plc is a leading provider of high-technology products and services to the world's leading industrial companies and scientific research communities. Our core purpose is to enable a greener, healthier, more connected advanced society. We are proud to be recognized as the leaders in what we do and for the difference we make in the world.







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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


Chloe Webb

Apprenticeship standard

Manufacturing engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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

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