Mechanical Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship at AWE

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Mechanical Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship

What if you could work on something that you cannot test, but cannot afford to fail? What if your job wasn’t your ordinary 9-5? What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear research weapons research and development. Contracted to the MOD, we have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique nuclear skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

The role

There are numerous mechanical maintenance roles on site such as working on the steam powered heating systems, servicing, checking and hanging filters within vacuum pumps, bearing checks and heat and vibration level checks on motors.

As a mechanical maintenance apprentice you will learn the basics of hand tools then move onto learning the operations of various machines such as milling machines, pillar drill and lathes. You will pick up a variety of skills including setting up rigs, maintenance and set up of basic pipe fittings, and making crank sets and frost coils. Other tasks will include disassembling and reassembling equipment such as vacuum pumps, Ogden pumps and calorifiers. Further experience gained during your apprenticeship will include using hydraulic lifting equipment, cranes, compressed air, heater batteries and air ventilation systems.

Mechanical Maintenance may appeal to you if you enjoy

  • Understanding how mechanical assemblies work
  • Understanding how heating, ventilation and cooling systems work
  • Understanding the operation and maintenance of rotating plant and equipment
  • Problem solving activities
  • Being hands on
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

About You:

You'll need to demonstrate

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • Computer literacy (PC)
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Awareness of health and safety
  • The ability to follow instructions
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods
  • A real passion for this type of work (see comparable skills/interests)
  • Preferably GCSE in Math and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Duration of training

3 - 4 Years (varies depending on personal performance)

NOTE: If you currently hold Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (Technical certificate), please apply for Level 4 or Degree level apprenticeship

Successful candidates must be available to attend a full day assessment Centre in February or March and start on the Programme in August 2020.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.

About AWE

AWE plays a crucial role in the defense of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a center of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

How to apply

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