Rolls Royce Plc

Materials Laboratories 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)
Materials Science Technologist (apprenticeship standard)
7 positions available
17 January 2020 (application closing date)
This is your opportunity to work with world-class scientists and engineers to ensure the materials we use are as innovative and safe as possible. You can expect to gain an understanding of different materials and their uses, failure investigation studies, research and development, process control and laboratory-related improvement activities.


Typical placement roles can include: 

  • Assisting our suppliers to deliver products and materials within specification
  • Statistically analysing and modelling material properties to help Design Engineers understand how they behave in extreme environments
  • Conducting forensic failure investigations by carrying out metallurgical analysis into a product or material to understand how its performance can be improved and higher product safety can be achieved
  • Mapping out various technical processes and improving them to reduce cost and improve delivery times
  • Testing materials to understand alloy composition

These placement opportunities will allow you to work on a variety of laboratory equipment from initial microscopic component preparation through to Scanning Electron Microscopes.

This practical experience will be supported by theoretical learning as you undertake a degree in a Materials or Manufacturing discipline. This apprenticeship typically lasts 48 months.

Future Prospects

Opportunity to work with world-class scientists and engineers on very interesting projects.

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

We’re looking for people who are creative, agile in their approach and very team-orientated – you’ll spend time with your fellow apprentices on team-building initiatives.

Qualifications Required

Three A-levels or equivalent (obtained or predicted), which must include Maths, plus two other A-Levels in either Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Electronics or ICT at Grade C or above. Alternatively, a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in an engineering-related subject including Further Maths at DDM minimum.

You'll also need 5 x GCSE or equivalent qualification including maths at grade B/5 or above, and English Language, Double Science (or Physics and Chemistry) plus one other subject at grade C/4 or above.

Training Provided

Material Science Technologist Level 6

Level of qualification: 6 (non-integrated degree in Materials)

Professional recognition

The Institue of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3) / Associate Member with Incorporated Engineer registration (IEng AIMMM)

You’ll get to work on a variety of different special processes used during component manufacture, such as chemical processing, laser processes, machining, welding, heat treatment, casting, forging and various coatings. This will give you a broad overview as you split your time between our offices and high-tech laboratories, providing a mix of both practical and theoretical experience.

The programme

Initially, you’ll gain foundation engineering skills and knowledge through time spent off-the-job in an engineering skills workshop. You’re going to be working with experienced engineering instructors, completing both written and practical activities.

You’ll then undertake a variety of three to six-month placements in our manufacturing laboratories and specialist materials teams, working with our experienced and knowledgeable people to learn how the special processes we use operate. 


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