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Rolls-Royce Materials Engineering Degree Apprenticeship - Birmingham, UK

Derwent Building, Solihull Parkway, B37 7YP
£19,000.00 annually
Closing date
4 Feb 2023

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
What will the apprentice be doing?
  • You'll get to support the various processes that take place to design and manufacture a component. This includes, additive layer manufacturing, investment casting, welding, heat treatments, application of coatings, laser processes and chemical processing. This will give you a broad overview as you split your time between offices, laboratories, manufacturing sites and university, providing a mix of practical and theoretical experience.
  • As Materials Engineering is a broad discipline, you could be involved in failure investigation, capability acquisition, manufacturing support, materials application, specifications and data and supplier management.Typical placements could include:
  • Assisting our suppliers to deliver products and materials within specification
  • Statistically analysing and modelling material properties to help Design Engineers understand how they behave in extreme environments
  • Conducting forensic failure investigations by carrying out metallurgical analysis into a product or material to understand how its performance can be improved and higher product safety can be achieved
  • Mapping out various technical processes and improving them to reduce cost and improve delivery times
  • Testing materials to understand material properties
  • These placements will allow you to work on a variety of laboratory equipment from initial microscopic component preparation through to scanning electron microscopes. This practical experience will be supported by theoretical learning as you undertake a degree in a Materials or Manufacturing discipline.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
  • Support towards a BA Eng Honours degree (Level 6) in Aerospace Engineering.
  • Off-The-Job training

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

If you successfully complete your apprenticeship you can continue into a long an successful career with Rolls-Royce or you will gain skills to support you in a number of roles.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 2 other subjects (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 5/B) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 6/B) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Physics (Grade 6/B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any subject (Grade C -Equate to 112 UCAS points) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade B) Essential
A Level or equivalent Physics or Chemistry (Grade C) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Level 3 engineering related extended diploma (Grade DDM -equate to 112 UCAS points) Essential

Things to consider

5 GCSE's which must include Maths and Physics at Grade B/6, English Language at Grade B/5 plus 2 others at Grade C/4. 3 Alevels - Maths Grade B, Physics or Chemistry at Grade C, plus 1 other at Grade C - equate to 112 UCAS points. OR Btec Level 3 engineering based extended diploma (INCLUDING further Maths element) at DDM - equate to 112 UCAS points

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