National Institute For Biological Standards & Control

National Institute for Biological Standards - Mechatronics Apprentice


National Institute For Biological Standards & Control

Training Provider:

Harrow and Uxbridge College

Weekly wage £368.88
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday shifts TBC
duration: 48 months
start: 9 October 2019
Advanced(level 3)
Maintenance and operations engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
2 October 2019 (application closing date)
We offer a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship in Mechatronics Engineering. You will spend time on site at NIBSC developing your role within our Infrastructure and Operations Maintenance team, and you will also spend time at college, where you can meet other apprentices and learn more about the technical aspects of engineering.


You will be learning;

  • Carrying out fault diagnoses on electronic equipment
  • Calibration
  • Maintaining Electronic Equipment/Systems
  • Testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Maintaining mechanical equipment
  • Carrying out preventive planned maintenance on equipment.
  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a mechatronics maintenance environment and the type of equipment being maintained.
  • Understand how equipment being maintained functions and operating parameters in individual components and how they interact.
  • Understand fault diagnostic methods, techniques and equipment used when maintaining equipment and systems.
  • Understand condition monitoring methods and equipment used and understand how the information gained supports the planning of maintenance activities
  • Understand how to minimise machinery downtime by implementing planned preventative maintenance programmes

*This list is not exhaustive.

Future Prospects

Skilled engineer, team leader, manager

Reality Check

You must not have done a Level 3 Electronic or Mechanical Engineering course full time at a training provider – apprenticeship rules mean that we cannot take an ex full time learner on to an apprenticeship because you will have done 50% plus of the learning at college already and we cannot gain funding if this is the case.. You must be able to travel to Potters Bar on a daily basis and also attend college possibly twice a week. NB: The successful applicant will be required by the employer to undergo a security screening process before being confirmed in post. 5 days Mon to Fri week full-time including possibly 2 days per week at college Holiday Entitlement: 25 days plus 8 Bank/public holidays and 1 privilege day per year

Skills Required

  • Fully engage in review meetings with your manager and training provider
  • Maintain agreed progress in all theory and practical work required for your apprenticeship
  • To conduct work as required by your mentor / practical trainer
  • To gain experience and knowledge and engineering skills to enable you to become competent to work as you progress through your apprenticeship

Qualities Required

The person we are looking for will be;

  • Reliable.
  • Tenacious
  • Trustworthy.
  • Fully committed to learning the job.
  • Not afraid of hard work. 
  • Able to communicate in a business-like manner
  • A willingness to learn
  • A desire to work in Engineering/Science
  • Attention for detail
  • A mature outlook
  • A team player
  • Attend all college classes
  • Record practical work required for your course(s) in the prescribed manner
  • Attend apprentice learning events run by the Crick

Qualifications Required

Mandatory GCSE’s at Grade C or Level 4/5 in maths, English is required

Training Provided

Maintenance and operations engineering technician level 3 standard 

Apprentices will be required to attend college at least x1 day per week (2 x days for certain engineering apprenticeships) either at Uxbridge, Harrow or Hayes Campus completing necessary mandatory training and units associated with the apprenticeship.

Our Account Manager, industry-trained assessor and Learning Advocate support apprentices to deliver our high-quality training programmes.

The apprentice will be required to complete:

  • Standard and End Point Assessment
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT (if required)

Other training will be provided by the employer as required to enable the fulfilment of the job role.

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