Electronic Degree Apprenticeship at AWE
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Electronic Degree 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?
This apprenticeship follows the Embedded electronic systems design and development engineer (degree) standard and leads to roles Designing and developing electronic circuits, devices and systems.
As an electronic apprentice you will spend your first year of training producing a number of electronic projects whilst also attending university part time. These projects will help you to develop your skills and knowledge in basic electronic theory, components, basic circuit design, circuit construction and reporting.
Throughout your apprenticeship you will attend a number of lectures designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of further electronic theory, these include:
- Component recognition
- Component characteristics
- Circuit calculations
- Semi-conductor theory
- Fault finding techniques
- Testing and measuring
This role may appeal to you if you are you interested in;
- Arduino or Robotics
- Understanding how all things electronic work
- Designing and building electronic circuits
- Use of electronic test equipment for fault finding, maintenance and repair of circuits and systems
- Learning about the Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Analogue and Digital electronics
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)
- Three A levels including Maths and/or Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
- Is also suitable for applicants with BTEC Level3 Diploma in Engineering with Merit or above
Duration of training: 4 Years + 3 months for end point assessment (can vary depending on personal performance)
We recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as our positions have been filled, we close our applications.
Successful candidates must be available to start on the Apprenticeship Programme in September 2021.
What we offer:
We offer our apprentices a starting salary of £13,500 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 plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a centre 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.
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.
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