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Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprentice - 2958

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offer a number of apprenticeships. ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory are looking to recruit a Level 3 Engineering Technician Product Design and Development Apprentice to join us in September 2023. The successful candidate will be a part of the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) Operations Team. This will involve working in both target stations and the Muon Beamlines. Inside mechanical workshops, work on projects, new installations and being exposed to cryogenic systems. Note: Online applications only for this role using the employer's direct link at the bottom of this page.

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Vacancy location Harwell, Oxfordshire
Training location OAS, Culham
Working week Full Time hours
Wage £11,925 per annum rising to £16,608 in the third year
Expected duration 48 months
Closing date 26 March 2023
Start date 01 September 2023

As a member of the Target Operations Group the successful applicant will:

Complete a prescribed programme of training to be conducted within the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Work under the mentorship and support of your team within ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Work safely and in line with established safety measures in the laboratory on a day-to-day basis
Prepare assemblies using novel techniques and processes with exotic materials such as Tantalum and Tungsten.
Monitor running systems including water cooling, ventilation, gas handling and vacuum systems.
Work on engineering projects including accurate machining, precision fitting with specialized techniques and high tech equipment.
Monitor and be trained on cryogenic systems, remote handling, lifting operations, complicated assemblies, water systems, and gas systems.
Be trained to operate and work in a safe manner to different standards
To learn to design and manufacture components and assemblies
Follow procedures and risk assessments with supervision.
As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate with 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 represent STFC through the contact you have with your training provider
Attend appropriate additional training to support the role and service delivery
You will be enrolled onto the Level 3 Engineering Technician Product Design and Development Pathway on a four-year apprenticeship where:

Year 1: Your first six months 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, The second six months will be spent in the workplace with one week in every four at OAS.
Year 2: Mainly in the workplace with block training at OAS – during this time you will develop your skills working mainly in the CMG Group, but you will also work within other groups within the department where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills further.
Year 3-4: Will be fully in the workplace where you will further hone your skills to become an Engineering Technician.
You will be required to attend OAS as required as part of your training; you must therefore be willing and able to travel independently. Excess travel costs will be covered.

In order to apply for this apprenticeship we are looking for the following:


Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a STEM subject by September 2023 (or equivalent qualifications)
Good problem solving skills
Interest in engineering and the ability to demonstrate a basic level of knowledge and skill
Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
Good communication skills (both written and verbal)


IT literacy and working with Microsoft office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.