Exxonmobil Group

Advanced Maintenance Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Exxonmobil Group (Employer)

Seta (Training Provider)

Annual wage £16,285.00
36.0 hours per week 8 am – 4 pm, Mon-Fri; 36 hours per week in first year
42 months (duration)
5 September 2022(start date)
15 positions available
7 March 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

An exciting opportunity to work within a fast-paced and varied engineering environment, maintaining the plant and equipment on one of Europe’s largest and most complex oil refineries.


Opportunities exist to undertake Apprenticeships in four trades: machinery, electrical maintenance, analyser/lab and instrumentation.


Machinery Apprentices will work in our workshops and out on the site, installing pumps, compressors, turbines and machine components. With the foundations of your training in traditional engineering, you will also use cutting-edge technology to embrace new ways of working.


For Electrical Apprentices, power is the key to everything at Fawley. Without it, we couldn’t do what we do, and as we use as much electricity as the whole of Southampton, we have our own power plant. You will develop skills that range from working with low voltage alarm systems right up to 11,000 volt motors. You’ll gain knowledge of substations, plant areas, switch gears and all the ins and outs of alarm and lighting circuits. All in all, you’ll gain fundamental skills for life in an area that’s fundamental to our business.

Instrument Apprentices will learn a very wide variety of hand skills and trade based knowledge. Instruments are used to measure and control all the processes that take place on site, as well as providing automated shutdown sequences to ensure the site runs safely.

As an instrumentation apprentice you will develop the ability to test, maintain, repair and install instruments as well as learning the technical basis of their operation. Fawley site is home to a wide range of instrument types. You will acquire the skills to work on pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical equipment.


As an Analyser/Lab apprentice you will learn how we achieve high levels of product quality by using analytical equipment, both out on our refining and chemical plants and in our two on-site laboratories. As well as measuring the quality of the products we make, this equipment is responsible for ensuring the safe and sustainable operation of our site, whether that be sustaining the right oxygen content in our furnaces or ensuring we comply with important environmental regulations that allow us to keep running.

Throughout the apprenticeship you will learn how to maintain a wide range of analytical equipment. As part of the team you will learn how this equipment and all associated systems work; getting hands-on with all aspects of maintenance covering routine testing, preventative maintenance (including interpreting data) and repairing these complex pieces of equipment when we need them most.

Future Prospects

Potential for permanent employment with ExxonMobil. Whichever area of engineering you choose for your apprenticeship, you’ll gain skills you can use for your entire career – and all over the world.

Reality Check

If you like working outside and getting your hands dirty but want to continue with your education then this could be the career for you.

Please note whilst this advert does state a “weekly wage”, you will be paid on a monthly basis; the starting salary is [£16,285] per annum

Skills Required

You will ideally have some Engineering experience, interest or qualification. Be enthusiastic and determined to succeed and self-motivated to ensure college deadlines are met, and an inquiring mind.

Due to the nature of our work at this Petrochemical Manufacturing site, our risk assessment requires you to be a minimum of 18 years of age at commencement of your employment in our Apprenticeship Scheme.

Qualities Required

Enthusiasm and a determination to succeed. Self-motivation, to ensure college deadlines are met, and an inquiring mind.

Qualifications Required

5 GCSEs, grades A-C/9-4 (achieved or predicted), including Maths*, English Language* and Science.

*New grading structure should be minimum of Grade 4 (or above).  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to SETA to sit some aptitude tests

Training Provided

Year 1 will be full time at SETA (the Southampton Engineering Training Association) completing practical training in the first year, plus study towards a technical Certificate. Years 2 and 3 based at the Fawley Refinery working towards an Apprenticeship standard. Note: Hours of work change to 7.30 am to 3.30 pm in the 2nd and 3rd year

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