Control and Instrumentation Technical Author Level 3 Apprenticeship at AWE

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Control and Instrumentation Technical Author 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:

Technical Authors are the specialists who generate written instructions on how to perform all kinds of technical tasks in a safe controlled way. It’s a skill that is in demand across a wide range of industries ranging from car assembly, aircraft maintenance to telecommunications. At AWE the role of Technical Author involves producing documentation that explains how to safely build, support and service the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

To enable you to understand the technology you will be writing about, you will spend three years studying Control and Instrumentation. C&I is one of only two 'critical trades' at AWE and is vital to the success of our mission. Put simply, C&I engineers enable a wide range of different automated processes to run.

As an apprentice you will initially be based within the onsite training facility where you will develop a basic knowledge of C&I and learn the associated skills. You will further your knowledge through academic studies on day release at college. Thereafter you will progress to the manufacturing aspect of your training where you will start to apply these core skills in a live working environment. This will include servicing, repairing and installing various systems to support our facilities: temperature control, flow and pressure measurement, display gauges and recorders. Only after you complete three years studying C&I and become a qualified maintenance engineer will you start to look at Technical Authoring.

Your first out-turn year will be spent learning Desk Top Publishing, Technical Authorship and applying your C&I knowledge to written work instructions. You will go on placements around the business learning communication techniques and gain a Diploma in Technical Authorship as you work towards a career in Technical Publications.

At the end of your apprenticeship and first year in the workplace you will be able to:

  • Understand the technology
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to clarify technical issues
  • Gather and understand the information needs of the user
  • Organise and articulate information in a clear and concise written instruction for issue to users undertaking technical tasks

Technical Authoring may appeal to you if you enjoy:

  • Understanding how systems/machinery/assemblies work
  • Observing and writing
  • Problem solving activities
  • Computer related activities
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

Entry requirements:

  • Two A Levels at grade C or above. One subject in English or Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Great communication skills both written and in person
  • Good command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Passion for your chosen profession

Duration of training

4 years (3 year apprenticeship + 1 year authorship training)

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

What we offer

We offer our apprentices a starting salary of £10,500 as well as a market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping us to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas – if applicable

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.

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