Non-Destructive Testing Engineer Degree Apprentice at Rolls-Royce

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Degree Apprenticeship
£13,125 annually
Review Date:
September 2019

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Review Score

10 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


Non-Destructive testing involves testing components for defects both on the surface and sub-surface using methods such as Penetrant testing, Magnetic particle testing, Eddy current testing, Digital Radiography and Ultrasonic testing. This involves the preparation of parts before a test is carried out, knowledge of quality standards and regulations and a skilled proficiency in defectology/manufacturing processes.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learned more new skills than I can reasonably fit into this online form. However a small selection includes, penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, digital radiography, ultrasonic testing, defectology, manufacturing, analytical methods for technology, abrasive wheels, lifting and slinging, chemical awareness, presentation skills and many more. I will also be obtaining a full BEng(Hons) in NDT along with NDT level two qualifications

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I have enjoyed the program I am on thoroughly as it has given me the opportunity to grow myself both personally and professionally. I have had the chance to do talks and events outside of the normal day to day work along with further training all over the country. I enjoy every day of my work which is rare nowadays.

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


There is a detailed framework in place that guides us through the program that ensures that all bases are covered during your time on the program. The induction is held at an outward bound centre in Wales which introduces you to your colleagues and gives you an opportunity to develop communication and team working skills. There is a comprehensive list of training modules that you must complete each year which will provide you will the necessary skills you will need for your job role. Support is freely available and encouraged. You are given plenty of time to study for your exams and provided with plenty of guidance throughout each year.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


There is a very open attitude to support within the company and it is both easy to find and access support for whatever you might need it for. There is opportunity for support with difficult topics such as mathematics as an example that you can call upon when required. All information to access support is made clear and obvious.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Both the company and university provide support throughout each year for any modules that you may be struggling with. The university allows you to email your module tutor whenever you need to contact them and all modules are freely available to view on blackboard. There are regular meetings if you need to voice any issues.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


It has given me a greater appreciation of defectology and manufacturing processes that are key to understanding how defects may arise and also where the most likely problem areas on a component are. this allows me to more accurately diagnose and define indications of defects and thus give the correct classification.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


There are plenty of extra curricular activities to do at work. Most areas have regular social events that you can attend. We also have a full sports facility with a number of clubs such as Mixed martial arts, rugby, football. etc. There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in STEM events.

9a. Would you recommend Rolls-Royce to a friend?


9b. Why?

Rolls-Royce has been a fantastic company to work for. The people are friendly and helpful and support you throughout your journey with them. There is plenty of opportunity to vary your work activities and it's easy to move around within the company. The work is interesting and engaging and you can see the impact you are making within the company.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Rolls-Royce?

If you are applying to Rolls-Royce then make sure you do your research and come in prepared. Know the company values and understand the finer technical details of what you are applying for. You don't have to be an expert however it will show that you have made the effort. If you make it to interviews then relax and enjoy the experience. Chances are that you are applying straight from school so use it as a chance to show off what you have done.

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