Hot Fire Test Technician Apprentice NAMMO (U.K) LIMITED

Working alongside the Senior Test Engineers and Test Manager at the Westcott space thruster test facilities. Immediate responsibilities will be primarily to act in the role of ‘B’ person to support the designated ‘A’ person during Hot Fire Testing programmes. This may involve testing at all three main Firing Sites: J-Site,Large HATF and Mini HATF.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £20-24,000.00 per annum. (dep on age and prior exp)

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am-16:45 pm, Friday 8:00 am - 12:00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    5 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  •  Role is also expected to provide support to lead Test Engineers for site preparation and maintenance, propellant handling, propellant sampling and analysis, pressure and control systems checks, maintenance and operation of mechanical and steam vacuum systems, instrumentation calibrations, steam boiler maintenance and operation, collation and review of test data, etc.
  • Extensive work on and operation of high-pressure gas and fluidic systems will be required.
  • Role will require interpretation and understanding of Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams. In addition, some use of electrical and electronic measurement and testing equipment will be required
  • Role will also involve working with and handling flight hardware – preparation of customer flight engines for test, including instrumentation, installation on to the test stand, removal post hot fire test, and subsequent engine decontamination activities, etc. 2/3
  • Role will be expected to interpret and follow standard operating procedures, work instructions and method statements in their daily duties. Preparation of method statements for daily tasks may be required
  • It is also expected that the role will support lead Test Engineers in implementing process improvements and site modifications and changes, such as changes to site propellant and pressurant systems, new panel builds and modifications, pipe bending and installation, install of new pressure and propellant vessels
  • The work will be extremely varied and will at times require extended working hours

The training you will be getting

Qualifications included:

  • Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Standard. Company Training Plan & Assessment.
  • BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering (1 day per week for 2 years at college)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - Maths (If required)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - English (If required)
  • End Point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship (Months 36 to 39)
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • We would hope that your career develops with our company and that you will find the work constantly interesting and challenging

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Time Management, Positive attitude


GCSE or equivalent A Min of 5 GCSE's inc Science, English & Maths (Grade 4-9 (C-A*)) Essential
A Level or equivalent In relevant subjects (Grade A* - E) Essential
Other Engineering qualification (Grade Level 3) Essential

Things to consider

Duties will be performed in a facility requiring the frequent use of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and chemically resistant clothing to handle potentially hazardous substances, and working with high pressure gas systems. Some work with electronics and High Voltage equipment will be required. Role will be required to pass a periodic basic medical examination. Candidate must be able to work in a safe and conscientious manner in areas with known hazards. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to work late/nightshifts, weekends and holidays. Use of PC equipment is required. Other requirements include; • Manual handling • Ability to climb ladders • Bending at waist, sitting, kneeling, climbing, walking, crouching as job may require • Ability to work outdoors in hot and cold temperatures during all weathers • Working in high noise level environments requiring hearing protection • Working around lubricants, solvents, batteries, cleaning fluids, paints, and other chemicals.

About the employer

Nammo Westcott designs, manufactures and tests a range of chemical thrusters (small rockets) which are used to propel satellites into position either in the Earth’s orbit or for deep-space missions to other planets. The company also makes less powerful thrusters that control the satellite’s attitude/position during its 15 year orbit life. The company is the UK’s only space rocket thruster manufacturer and has a long history of success with many hundreds of units in use, the team has approx 30 experienced people based at Westcott which covers every aspect of space thruster engineering and production. We now seek to build the team by adding a mechanical engineering apprentice to the production team.




Building 47

Westcott Venture Park


HP18 0XB

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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


Sally Parr

07879 128768

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering manufacturing technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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

Please use the link to fill out an application form.

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

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Closing date: 01 Aug 2024