What will the apprentice be doing?
We develop particle physics detector systems and apply them to the civil engineering sector. Our technique uses cosmic ray particles, that are produced in the upper atmosphere and rain down on the Earth's surface, to image large engineering structures from railway tunnels to wind turbines.
Geoptic offers a supportive scientific and technical environment to develop your skills, and a friendly and focused team to work alongside.
On a day to day basis, the successful apprentice will undertake a number of key tasks, including:
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
- PCB design and development
- Testing of fast nanosecond analog and digital electronic readout circuits
- Embedded programming of microcontrollers and advanced ARM processors
- System integration of electronics with the wider instrumenr
- Assembly of radiation detection instrumentation
- Quality testing of full instrument builds
The apprentice will be attending weekly classes at Farnborough College of Technology.
You will be working towards an Honours Degree in Electronics or Electrical & Electronic Engineering which has been accredited by one of the Professional Engineering Institutions licensed by the UK Engineering Council.
You will also earn a certificate for completing the Embedded Electronics Systems Design and Development Engineer Degree Apprenticeship Standard.What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Geoptic prize its technical staff greatly providing accelerated career progression for skilled and dedicated people. As a highly skilled person, the successfully qualified Embedded Electronics Engineer would be expected to grow to take on significant responsibility and lead on the delivery of Geoptic's electronics modules for its instrumentation and clients.
Our typical day-to-day work includes the development of nuclear and particle physics based measurement systems within engineering environments. It is a highly stimulating environment to work in and the Engineer's designs will go into a wide variety of customer projects such as imaging of possible voids and shafts in railway tunnel overburden or the use of background radiation for positioning in Arctic regions.
Requirements and prospects Desired skills and personal qualities
Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Patience, Working independently, Highly resilient to adversity, Prompt and professional, Respectful Qualifications
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C/9-4) Essential
Other HNC in Engineering (Grade Pass) Essential Things to consider
Some of our detector systems can be quite heavy and the role may include lifting these detectors and some physical exertion. For some customer projects, we may require you to travel and work weekday or weekend overnight shifts and temporarily you may work more than 37.5 hours for these weeks. Geoptic offers time off in lieu for project shift work, and also provides travel and subsistence for any off-site working.