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V01943 - Test & Commissioning Engineering Apprenticeship

BAE Systems, 1st Floor, Main Shipyard Offices, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1AF
Competitive annually
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
What you will do in your working day

The individuals will gain experience working towards key events of the boat build and will develop their skills and knowledge through rotations in each of the five test sections within the department - Reactor, Propulsion, Ships, Weapon and Strategic Weapons.

During your Test and Commissioning Degree apprenticeship you will be given visibility of a range of disciplines in which a personal development plan will be created for your learning and development needs associated with your role.

This includes bespoke technical training along with placements around the business. The following discipline specific apprenticeship roles are currently available and are supported by an associated level 6 degree apprenticeship:


When qualified, commissioning engineers will set to work, test and commission various submarine systems. There will be the opportunity go to sea on the submarines to conduct sea trials alongside the Royal Navy Crew.

Test & Commissioning, within Submarine Solutions, gives people the opportunity to work on live systems and see them operate at sea, and underwater.

You will be working on the submarines alongside test engineers, helping with setting up and testing systems while learning the commissioning process, the software involved and safe working practices.

You will learn system layouts and their operation in all sections of the submarine as well as the complexity and diversity of the commissioning process.

The training you will be getting

Nuclear Scientist and nuclear engineering Level 6.

On completion of the apprenticeship, the nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer will hold a Bachelors (Honours) degree qualification (at level 6), accredited by the constituent bodies of the Engineering or Science Council. The degree will have a minimum of 60 relevant nuclear based credits (1/6 of total credits).

Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Around 95% of apprentices choose to stay on with us. And as a global business there are a world of opportunities - whether you decide to stay in the UK, or explore an overseas role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs Including Mathematics, Science and English (Grade A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent)) Essential
Other 1 STEM based subject or BTEC Extended Diploma (Grade MMM or above) Essential

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