Higher Engineering Apprenticeship

GKN Aerospace Engineering Services
£13,703.00 annual salary
08 Nov 2016
17 Feb 2017
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Get your career off to a flying start with an Apprenticeship at GKN Aerospace! A Higher Engineering Apprenticeship with GKN will prepare you for a career within our engineering and design teams over a four year programme.

A Higher Apprenticeship will prepare you for a career within GKNs engineering and design teams over a four year programme. Examples of target occupations / functions listed below:

Design Engineering

Design Engineers use their skills from the early phases of concept development right through to the design work required to support in-service product repairs and upgrades. You will work closely with our customers to provide innovative structural design solutions to a variety of wing related components, sub assemblies and complex integrated assemblies.

Key skills being developed

  • CATIA based CAD design
  • Product lifecycle management (Bid-Certification)
  • Understanding regulatory / customer requirements
  • Composite and metallic material knowledge
  • Manufacturing engineering processes


Analysis Engineers closely with all the engineering functions, the structures analysis team apply the engineering sciences of solid mechanics and materials to ensure the performance of our products in terms of strength, durability and weight.

Key activities include:

  • Loadsets
  • Sizing
  • Optimisation
  • Strength
  • Test and justification reports.

Key techniques:

  • Classical methods, finite element and damage tolerance.

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Engineers operate across the whole business, from product conceptualisation through design, procurement, manufacturing and end product support.

Manufacturing Engineers use their skills to:

  • Influence product design to optimise manufacturing
  • Define and implement the manufacturing system for new products
  • Provide manufacturing instructions to operations
  • Manage product changes to ensure the latest design standard is being built
  • Manage continuous improvement projects within operations
  • Introduce new manufacturing technologies

As a Manufacturing Engineer you will work closely with Design Engineering, Operations, Procurement, Customers and Suppliers to achieve world class Cost, Quality and Delivery objectives

Manufacturing System capability includes:

  • High speed complex machining
  • Automated assembly of major wing structures
  • Fabrication of wing systems
  • Treatments facilities
  • Non-destructive testing and metrology
  • Tooling and assembly jigging

Key areas of development

  • Design for manufacture
  • New product introduction processes
  • Differentiating new technologies and manufacturing systems
  • Change Management and configuration control
  • Lean manufacturing

Apprentice Programme Structure

Year 1:

The majority of your first year will be working offsite at college where you will be completing the following qualifications: PEO level 2, and the first year of your Foundation Degree. You will also return to work on the site for one day of each week. At the later stages of your first year you will undertake a phased return to site induction followed by onsite GKN training in metallic and composites.

Year 2:

During this year you will commence your Two years of Business Familiarisation training This involves working to a rotation plan in such areas as Design, Analysis, Materials and Processes, Component/ Assembly Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality. All work carried out within placement areas will be recorded in the form of work packs aligned to your Technical Development Agreement. These work packs will be reviewed at your monthly one to one meeting with your GKN training advisor.

Commencement of your NVQ Level 4

Commencement of your second year of Foundation Degree

Year 3:

Continuation of your Business Familiarisation training.Commencement your NVQ Level 4 Performance assessments. Commencement of your Final year of Foundation Degree Level 5

Year 4:

At the start of this year you will be assigned to your final target function for the final year of your apprenticeship and you will then spend the year specialising in this area.

This is when your complete the remainder of your NVQ performance assessments, once this has been completed alongside the NVQ underpinning knowledge questions you will then achieve your respective NVQ at Level 4.

Key Responsibilities

  • To be employed by and work for the company.
  • To observe the company's terms and conditions of employment.
  • In both work and training, to be diligent and punctual and attend courses, keep records and take tests to be determined by the company in order to achieve the training objectives and quality gates
  • To behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health & Safety legislation relating to the individual's responsibilities.
  • To promote the company's name and image with respect and diplomacy.
  • To successfully complete all activities documented in the Higher Apprentice Training Agreement.
Requirements and prospects Desired skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self motivation and ability to organise own workload working within a team
  • Must be flexible and able to handle multiple and changing priorities
  • Mobility may be required
Personal qualities
  • Drive and initiative
  • The ability to work in a team
  • A genuine interest and aptitude for engineering
Qualifications required

Minimum entry requirements are two A-levels at grade A*-C

These must include:

  • Maths
  • Science (Physics or Chemistry)
Future prospects To progress with GKN

Things to consider Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): As from October 1st 2016 the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.40 per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. For more information visit: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

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