Engineering Machinist Apprenticeship

by Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

8.5/10

Job Details

31st July 2022
£10,000 - £11,999
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Engineering & Manufacturing
Oxfordshire

IT Support Apprentice

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £11,925 per annum rising incrementally to £18,402 in the fourth year
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years)
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
Closing Date: Sunday 31st July 2022
Interview Dates: Week commencing Monday 1st August 2022

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has over 25 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!

Are you looking to start a career in Mechanical Engineering?

A mechanical machinist apprentice will use novel and technology-enabled processes to contribute to the manufacture of mechanical parts and assemblies. This supports a broad range of engineering requirements on both large and small precise sizes using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) and conventional machining techniques.

A Department funded level 3 machinist apprentice will undertake 4 years paid training, supervised by the Research Council. If successful in this opportunity, we will offer a position within one of two department-exclusive apprenticeships. This will consist of the following roles:

Manufacturing Facilities- Apprentice Engineering Machinist
As a member of the Manufacturing Facilities Group, the apprenticeship will be in a team that provides manufacturing bespoke solutions to the wider body of the scientific community here at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and for our global partners. As a workshop based role, full training will be provided in all aspects of manufacture within the groups capabilities, starting at manual machining, progressing to CNC and EDM (Electro Discharge Machining). You will work from engineering drawings and engage with the end users of the scientific projects directly. Additional training outside of the apprenticeship units will be provided to support all the requirements within the Manufacturing Facilities Group.

The Manufacturing Facilities Group also encompasses Dimensional Metrology, Additive Manufacture, Outside Procurement of manufactured components and a Detector Build Facility. At times during the apprenticeship you will have some exposure to these functions.

RAL Space Precision Development Facility- Apprentice Engineering Machinist
RAL Space has around 350 staff and carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. RAL Space has had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operates at the forefront of UK space research.

The Precision Development Facility manufacture components for an outstanding diversity of fields, including some which are currently travelling through space on a comet, or part of highly complex instrumentation required for the next generation of Earth observation instruments. The novel processes and the intricacy of the work performed can be likened to techniques deployed in fine watchmaking. Typically, components are a few cm in size, with machined features accurate to a few µm in a modern environment, on highly advanced machinery. The apprenticeship will take on a progressive journey that will introduce you to interpreting and understanding technical drawings and the safe use and operation of a myriad of machines that will enable you to produce parts to specification.

Shared Requirements for the two positions:

  • Complete a prescribed program of training to be conducted within the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
  • Become proficient in the machining of components to include milling and turning on conventional and CNC machines in different materials
  • Obtain a high level of competence in mechanical fitting and assembly skills including the use of hand tools and marking out
  • Attend college leading to recognized NVQ level three qualifications over a four year period
  • Carry out maintenance / repair tasks and duties at the Laboratory as directed by the mechanical section leader and workshop manager, these activities will be directly relevant to the apprenticeships’ key competencies and skills and will assist the wider department in delivering their core maintenance service commitments
  • As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate to staff across STFC and 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 site
  • Champion the STFC in a positive manner
  • Deliver a high level of customer service
  • Attend appropriate additional training to support the role and service delivery

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

About You

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/Technology subject by September 2022 or equivalent qualifications. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning and hard working.

Special Conditions

You will be required to attend and complete the required nationally recognised training courses. This will involve attendance at local educational establishments, on a day release or block release basis as appropriate.

In order for you apply for these apprenticeships, you will need to meet the following criteria:
Qualifications

Essential:

Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2022 or equivalent qualifications

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • Quality of cover letter
  • Interest in science, engineering, technology and Space
  • Ability to demonstrate some basic technical engineering knowledge and skill

Desirable:

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office

Interview Criteria:

  • 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 The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme. For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’.

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

    Additional Information

  • Organisation: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • External Closing Date: Jul 31, 2022
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 11,925
  • Hours: Full-time
  • About UK Research Innovation (UKRI)

    UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

    Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation.

    How we support EDI in the workforce

    At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’.

    Disability Confident Employer

    As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

    How to apply

    Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.

    UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.


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