Design Engineering Apprenticeship
National Apprenticeship Service
The apprentice will be mechanically biased and will support all aspects of engineering at Washington, ranging between forming, machining and treatments. The apprentice will initially be based on the shop floor, but with an exit role in engineering as a CAD/CAM technician. The role will involve producing detailed design models and drawings to support ammunition manufacture and new product introduction.
During your apprenticeship, you will typically:
- Learn to program CNC machines to manufacture work-holding and ammunition components
- Learn to use CAD to produce ammunition product stage drawings, tooling and gauges across the product range
- Learn to use CAM to create programs for process and manufacturing engineering
- Support the new product introduction team by creating detailed drawings for new orders and bids
- Support the forming engineers by producing models for the forge utilising Q-Form software
- Create technical requirement specifications for purchasing new equipment through site capital expenditure schemes
- Create validation reports and perform capability studies when supporting process and manufacturing engineering
- Spend a period of time in each department to understand business operations and departmental deliverables
- Product safety awareness / design for manufacture - this may involve spending time at Washington’s sister sites (Radway Green / Glascoed)
A great job after completion. Around 95% of our apprentices choose to stay with us and go on to have really successful careers. You can choose to go for promotion and progression or continue learning in the role you’ve moved into.
When you successfully complete your apprenticeship, we will help you to move into a suitable role, subject to the requirements of the business.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
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A BAE Systems Apprenticeship gives you a competitive salary while working towards a nationally recognised qualification, the support of an apprentice network, and the opportunity to work on cutting edge projects with people who are leaders in their field.
Please see the selection process below:
The process consists of five stages:
- An online application
- Online test
- Application review
- Competency interview or assessment centre
- Medical and security checks
Depending on fulfilment of the requirements, the process can take until July/August to complete and final offers are made.
- None specified
- We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn and give an apprenticeship opportunity their all
- Diversity strengthens our business and we encourage people from all walks of life to apply, regardless of gender or ethnicity
- You don’t need to know everything about your chosen area of work – we’ll train you and give you the qualifications you need to progress in a career in your chosen field. We only ask that you demonstrate interest, passion and commitment to what you want to do
- 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths, English and science/technical subject
Training Provider to be confirmed.
The apprentice will be working towards an Engineering Design/Draughtsman Standard.
Whilst working full-time, you will be provided with off-the-job training delivered in dedicated in-house training facilities or at our partner colleges or universities.
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About the employer
At BAE Systems, we provide some of the worlds most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries.
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