Advanced Electronic Engineering Apprenticeship at Science and Technology Facilities Council

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Advanced Electronic Engineering Apprenticeship

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has over 20 years’ experience in providing engineering apprenticeships and provides an excellent training ground to equip individuals with the relevant skills and experience for their chosen career in either mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering. We offer a competitive salary that increases annually, 4 years supervised training, additional core skills development and the opportunity to undertake overseas placements.

List of duties/responsibilities

Your first year will be spent training at Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (OAS) at Culham, where you will be taught the basics of machining, welding, electronics and electrical wiring.

During years 2 to 4, you will be based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) undertaking on-the-job training via placements on a rotational basis in your chosen discipline of electronic engineering. This will provide you with extensive experience to broaden your knowledge and provide exposure to working in a sophisticated cutting edge facility. These placements take place within various workshops and departments such as the Central Laser Facility (CLF), RAL Space, Technology and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS). You continue your academic studies on block release at OAS typically studying towards a diploma/HNC as appropriate.

As an electronic apprentice you will have the opportunity to learn about innovative state of the art high speed electronics, from single integrated circuits to huge data acquisition systems. When fully assembled these systems are used in scientific research all over the world.

From your second year as an electronic apprentice you will build on the core skills learnt during your first year, these include soldering, crimping, prototype board assembly, using multimeters, oscilloscopes and various other test equipment. As you progress in your third and fourth year you will move on to fault finding, analysing, designing and building electrical and electronic circuits.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be expected to support scientists from all over the world as they continue to push back the barriers of science. You will work on a large number of component technologies, ranging from high voltage electrical circuits running at thousands of volts to printed circuit boards containing components smaller than a grain of rice.

Contacts and Communication

As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate with staff across STFC at all levels. You will work as part of a team as well as working on your own. You will also have contact throughout your apprenticeship with college tutors and visitors to the site.

Personal Skills and Attributes

We are looking for individuals who have or will have achieved 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2021. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning, hardworking and demonstrate an interest in engineering.

When submitting your CV and covering letter you should address yourself to this person specification, demonstrating by example how you meet the criteria contained within. Please also include any other information, which you feel is of relevance to your application.

Please state in your covering letter if you wish to be considered for more than one engineering discipline.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2021
  • Or equivalent qualifications

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • Interest in science, engineering and technology
  • Ability to demonstrate some basic technical engineering knowledge and skill

Desirable:

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office

Personal skills/qualities

Essential:

  • Ability to work using own initiative
  • Ability to follow instructions including technical instructions in English
  • Self-motivated, willing to undertake the work required with the training provider and in the workplace
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills

About STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

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