Pennine Instrument Services Ltd

Apprentice Metrologist


Pennine Instrument Services Ltd

Training Provider:


Weekly wage £150.15
38.5 hours per week Times TBC
duration: 2 years
start: 4 November 2019
Advanced(level 3)
Laboratory technician (apprenticeship standard)
25 October 2019 (application closing date)
The role involves the precision measurement (metrology) and calibration of a wide range of equipment such as pressure gauges, torque wrenches, weighing scales, roughness testers and force gauges. The candidate will acquire key metrology skills.


The role is for an apprentice metrologist who will support existing Pennine employees in the calibration of a wide range of instruments. The candidate will work in various laboratories within the company and will eventually be responsible for calibrating equipment for a wide range of businesses and industries. The candidate will report directly to the appropriate Head of Laboratory and be supported by the entire Pennine team. The candidate will also be given day release to obtain a formal metrology qualification. The working hours are 38.5 with an early finish on a Friday.

On a daily basis the candidates will support the calibration engineers in:

  • Cleaning measuring and calibrating instruments
  • Connecting the instruments to the tester
  • Measuring the performance of the instrument and tabulating the results and eventually producing a calibration certificate

The primary pieces of equipment which they will be using are a Dead Weight Tester and a wind tunnel, plus the item of equipment to be tested e.g. pressure gauges, torque wrenches, weighing scales etc.

Future Prospects

Opportunity to gain a wide metrology skillset and a formal metrology qualification. Opportunity to gain experience in all 8 of Pennine's Laboratories. Potential to become a UKAS signatory for one of the specialized laboratories

Reality Check

Pennine Instruments Ltd are located at: Unit 3 Shepcote Enterprise Park 2, 3 Europa Drive, Sheffield, S9 1XT The Sheffield College is located at: Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RL

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

Skills Required

  • Information Technology
  • Administration Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Numeracy Skills
  • Listening skills
  • Team Building Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Computer literate and competency in both Word and Excel Ability to work within a small and varied team

Qualities Required

  • Desire to learn new disciplines and skills
  • Understanding of basic mechanical engineering principles

Qualifications Required

Minimum of 5 GCSE or numbered equivalent A-C/8-4 grades including English, maths and Science.

Training Provided

Apprentice standard in Laboratory Technician L3 with end point assessment

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