Manufacturing Apprentice

  • Company: AWE
  • Location: Aldermaston
  • Closing Date: 01-02-2024


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 weapons research and development. They have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. AWE also use their unique 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?

As a Manufacturing Engineering Apprentice, you will develop the knowledge and people skills to enable the design and manufacture of a wide range of products, materials and tools to support the successful delivery of AWE’s programme of work. Their operations include precision component manufacture, fabrication, explosive formulation, fissile material production, rubbers and plastics, and warhead assembly and disassembly.

The role of a Manufacturing Engineer within this area of AWE is to realise product design, delivering and managing process and tooling designs / improvements. They work in a highly regulated environment so this will include the creation and configuration of manufacturing process documentation in accordance with appropriate procedures and legislation. This is to make sure that everyone operates safely, efficiently and in an environmentally sustainable way, meeting the requirements set out by AWE and those of the Professional Body Institutions.

You will develop a fundamental knowledge of engineering / science principles and practices. On completion of your apprenticeship you will be able to demonstrate discipline skills commensurate with your role that typically will include design, plant performance enhancements, operational management, project management and maintenance of safety standards utilising analytical thinking to provide innovative solutions.

As a Manufacturing Engineer apprentice, you will gain the following skills:
• A detailed knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes which may include machining, presswork, inspection, moulding and metallurgy.
• Design to Manufacture (D2M) experience of tooling or equipment including requirements capture and presenting at design reviews.
• Knowledge of materials and their properties
• Knowledge of design of components, CAD tool design and manufacture
• Good knowledge of manufacturing systems and knowledge of MRP/ERP systems
• An understanding and application of UK Health and Safety Legislation in a Manufacturing or Production environment including quality standards, best practice and procedures
• Experience of applying Lean Manufacturing Techniques, Continuous Improvement, Quality Tools and Model Based Realisation
• An ability to produce or assist in the production of Manufacturing Documentation (designs, drawings, reports, specification and operating instructions)

Level 6 entry requirements:
• Age: Applicants must be aged 18 or over, as of 31th August 2024, due to security clearance requirements
• A minimum 5 GCSE’s at grade 4(C) or above, including Mathematics, English and a Science, Technology or Engineering related subject, as well as A Levels at grade 4(C) or above in both a Mathematical based subject and a Science, Technology, Engineering or additional Mathematics related subject, or 90+ credits in an Engineering BTEC at level 3.
• Good communication skills (i.e. technical speaking, active listening, professional writing, professional body language and technical presentation)
• Reliability with a high level of respect for confidentiality on work related and personal matters
• Ability to work autonomously and interact effectively within a wide, multi-disciplinary project team
• Ability to understand the impact of work on others, especially where related to diversity and equality
• Good time management skills (i.e. planning and completing work to schedule)
• A supportive attitude to change and an ability to respond positively to change management processes
• Ownership for personal development
• Open attitude towards receiving feedback
• Committed to health & safety (i.e. personal, workplace, radiological and nuclear)
• Effective at following rules, procedures and principles
• To demonstrate your enthusiasm for the nuclear industry
• PC literate
• Excellent team working skills
• Ability to concentrate for long periods

What AWE offer:
• AWE offer apprentices a starting salary of £20,000. This increases annually with second year salary being £22,500
• A market leading contributory pension scheme
• Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours per year) and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. This means that every other Friday you won’t be required to work!
• Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
• Access to employee discounts portal – for everyday savings on retail, hospitality and leisure

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role with AWE.

AWE recruit on a rolling basis which means as soon as their positions have been filled, they close their applications.

Apply now or contact student support if you need assistance with your application, we’re here to help!