What will the apprentice be doing?
Duties will include, but are not limited to:-
· Mechanical testing activities (e.g. hardness and tribological testing);
· Materials analysis and measurement (e.g. SEM, optical microscopy, surface roughness measurement);
· Fuels analysis; including viscometry and water content;
· Assistance with chemical process development (e.g. nitrocarburizing, nitriding, phosphating, chemical blacking, metallic plating);
· Spectographic chemical analysis (e.g. EDX, FTIR, Raman spectrometry);
· Volumetric analysis; such as, titration;
· Recording of test data, analysis of results and production of technical reports for internal and external customers;
· To liaise with suppliers/manufacturing plant for sample orders;
· Conduct health and safety assessments (e.g. COSHH and risk assessments);
· Technical assistance to the Materials team;
· Sample preparation; including cutting, polishing, mounting;
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Training will match the apprenticeship standard and will complement on the job.
As an apprentice you would attend the University of Greenwich one day per week at the Medway Campus to complete your degree. Upon successful completion of the degree the apprentice will get a BEng and are then required to complete the apprenticeship (End Point Assessment).
· A solid grasp of the core engineering principles to enable the apprentice to be occupationally competent.
· The apprentice will develop core behaviours which include the importance of complying with statutory and organisational health, safety and risk management requirements and the implications if these are not adhered to.
· The learning is focused on ensuring the apprentice acquires the knowledge, skills and behaviours prior to end-point assessment which include robust synoptic assessments.
The IfATE apprenticeship standard details are available from:
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
The qualifications and experience gained on this Apprenticeship will allow you to apply for further roles within this sector.
We would look to take on candidates that excelled during their apprenticeship full-time, this would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Reality CheckThe apprenticeship is aligned to Engineering Council UK-SPEC at Incorporated Engineer (IEng) standard. The standard has links to professional registration. Successful apprentices will be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng), through a relevant licensed (by Engineering Council) Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) e.g. IChemE, IMechE.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Strong work ethic, Adaptability, Self Motivator, Willingness to learn, Committed
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent 5 subjects in total (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science, Technology or Engineering related (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent Mathematics Based Subject (Grade C or above) Desired
A Level or equivalent Science, Technology or Engineering related (Grade C or above) Desired
A Level or equivalent third subject (Grade C or above) Desired
BTEC or equivalent Engineering (Grade 90+) Desired
Other HNC or equivalent in Engineering (Grade Pass) Desired