Apprentice Field Service Engineer - Instrumentation (wastewater) - Advanced (Level 3)

United Utilities (Employer)

Uu Water (Training Provider)

Annual wage £12,500.00
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.
4 years (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
Utilities engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
7 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an instrumentation field service engineer, you'll learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems.


Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West.

At United Utilities we're proud to be essential every day, and our people are essential too.

Come and join us on our apprenticeship scheme and you'll be given the training and development to take that first step onto the career ladder, supported by the United Utilities family.

 What makes us different?

  • Secure your future – every apprentice is guaranteed a permanent position at the end of their scheme
  • It's a springboard to your career – we provide you with structured training, a dedicated mentor and quality placements to help you shape your career
  • Inspire the next generation – you'll have the opportunity to represent United Utilities at key events across the region to engage with young people to bring careers in the water industry to life

A bit more about the role:

  • As an instrumentation field service engineer, you'll learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems. Therefore ensuring our wastewater assets are available and are working correctly, helping to keep services running smoothly for our customers
  • During your four year apprenticeship you'll have the chance to develop valuable engineering skills as you learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems. You will find yourself working on many different types of systems from simple level sensors to complex analytical instruments measuring critical parameters on our sites
  • You'll live and breathe the water industry so it's important you're willing to learn and gain an understanding of how we provide clean water and take away wastewater for our customers.
  • Successful apprentices will achieve a Utilities Engineering Technician Standard which is endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships

During your apprenticeship you'll learn:

  • How to work as part of a dedicated team focused on ensuring our plants continue to operate at maximum efficiency
  • How to work with a wide range of equipment, be able to identify any faults and carry out routine maintenance, following the company's rigorous health and safety standards
  • About scheduled maintenance activity and how to organise your workload effectively 

Future Prospects

  • Upon completion of your apprenticeship and meeting the behaviours required, you will progress into a permanent post that matches with the role you have trained for
  • Further prospects within the business depends on you, and your desire to succeed
  • Annual appraisals are a key driver to spot talent, which enables development opportunities and career mapping

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What you'll get from us:

  • Rewarding essentials – there's lot of perks to the job, including a starting salary of £12,500 which will increase each year based on performance
  • Be the best you can be – you'll get involved in all sorts of training and fun activities with your fellow apprentices
  • An environment to be proud of – we're a responsible employer committed to developing our young talent in state of the art facilities 
  • Be part of the family – you'll have the chance to network, bond and learn from your colleagues and fellow apprentices

Additional information:

  • During your first year, you'll spend 8 months working from Bolton Technical Training Centre during the working week (Monday – Friday). If you're from outside of the area, accommodation will be provided by United Utilities during this period, excluding weekends
  • Once you've completed your apprenticeship you'll be asked to join part of a formal standby rota, which may require you to do some out of hours work. Don't worry your training will prepare you for this, but we do advise that you apply for a vacancy that's relatively easy for you to get to, as we would need you to travel to the site quickly during standby
  • As long as you meet all necessary standards and behaviour criteria throughout the programme  
  • We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background
  • If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service

Skills Required

  • Good communication skills
  • Good practical skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Attention to detail

Qualities Required

  • Customer focused
  • Integrity
  • Innovative
  • Team player
  • Ambitious
  • Achieve the qualifications needed to really succeed in your role
  • Someone who's keen to gain practical experience

Qualifications Required

  • You'll need to have 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent), which must include maths, English Language and a science or technology subject

Training Provided

  • Utilities Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
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