Rolls Royce Plc

Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programme


Rolls Royce Plc

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Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday; shifts TBC.
duration: 4 years
start: 7 September 2020
Degree(level 6)
Manufacturing engineer Level 6 (Degree with honours) (apprenticeship standard)
27 January 2020 (application closing date)
Turn designs into reality across Civil Aerospace, Defence or Power Systems.On our Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll get to study towards an engineering bachelor’s degree and work alongside world-class engineers.


The beginning of our four-year programme will see you undertake foundation training at our Apprentice Academy in Derby or a local further education college, which will give you a broad appreciation of manufacturing engineering principles

 After this, you’ll be ready to embark on a series of six-month placements. You’ll undertake internal job-specific training courses over the remaining three years as well as studying for your university qualification on day-release

All of this will give you practical knowledge in areas such as introducing new products or controlling change to existing manufacturing processes, acquiring new technology and continuous improvement

You’ll learn how to manage projects and costs, how to design and validate manufacturing processes, solve engineering problems, and implement quality assurance methods

  • Producing parts using hand fitting, fabrication and joining techniques
  • Producing drawings using a computer aided design (CAD) system
  • Preparing and using general and specialist machines and equipment
  • Preparing and providing computer numeric control programmes (programmes that control machinery)
  • Using computer software packages to help with engineering activities
  • Producing assemblies using a wide range of materials and techniques
  • Engineering project management, securing resources and managing budgets
  • Implementing, monitoring and evaluating engineering processes

Future Prospects

Our Manufacturing Engineers are amongst the best in their field. To develop some of the most advanced manufacturing processes in the world, they have to be. They work across Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems, and you’ll join them in one of those businesses. Turning our designs into reality, you’ll learn from engineers, customers, suppliers and operations specialists in every part of Rolls-Royce around the globe, so you’ll enjoy plenty of exposure as you gain the experience you need to become a vital part of our future. All while taking advantage of on-and-off-the-job training, a competitive salary and amazing opportunities to grow your career..

Reality Check

We are an equal opportunities employer. We’re committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive working environment. We believe that people from different backgrounds and cultures give us different perspectives. And the more perspectives we have, the more successful we’ll be. By building a culture of respect and appreciation, we give everyone who works here the opportunity to realise their full potential.

Skills Required

Beyond your academic qualifications, we'll be looking for evidence that you're creative, an agile thinker and genuinely enthusiastic about developing a career in engineering. For example, we'd like to hear about an engineering project you've done at school or work, or a club you've been involved with or in your spare time.

Qualities Required

Our degree apprentices need to be passionate about manufacturing engineering. So, you should be analytical, motivated and, most importantly, endlessly curious about how things are made. Creativity and an agile approach are both important too. You’ll also have to be numerate and process-focused.

Qualifications Required

We look for three A-levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above in Maths and Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science or Engineering, plus one other subject at Grade C (obtained or predicted). Alternatively, an engineering-focused Level 3 extended BTEC  DDM minimum. You’ll also need GCSEs (or equivalent) in English Language at grade C or 4 and Maths, at a minimum of grade B or 5.

Training Provided


Apprentices will achieve a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Engineering.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C 9-4).

Professional registration

The apprenticeship has been designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council (EngC) for initial registration as an engineering technician (Eng Tech) in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Join our Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programme and, while you're working towards a bachelor’s degree-level education, you'll also be getting invaluable experience. By the time you finish the programme, you'll have achieved your degree, and be ready on a practical level to start taking your development way beyond that.


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