Non-Destructive Testing Degree Apprenticeship

Derby, Derbyshire
starting salary £13,532 per year
26 Jan 2021
26 Feb 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date

Our reputation for technical excellence is a defining part of our heritage and something we’re immensely proud of. Join us as a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineer, and you’ll feel that sense of pride too. Not least because we’ll give you the on-the-job training and hands-on experience you need to become a technical expert. More than that, we’ll support you to gain industry-recognised qualifications, and give you a competitive salary while you learn.

The programme

NDT is used across a wide variety of sectors and relies heavily upon Physics and Maths. NDT is vital to us in inspecting components across every area of our businesses, and we work with world-class universities and companies to ensure our inspection technologies are industry leading. Your apprenticeship will give you exposure across our business as you learn how to use NDT to find surface and internal defects in a variety of materials.

You’ll spend time building your practical and theoretical knowledge of x-rays (radiography), ultrasonics, eddy currents, magnetic particle inspection and fluorescent penetrant inspection, undertaking training courses in these five main NDT methods at a new state-of-the-art training facility. You’ll gain manufacturing and laboratory experience of these methods along with quality assessment techniques, providing a mix of both practical and theoretical experience.

What you’ll do

You’ll be trained to lead your own technical projects and to work with expert mentors to develop the skills you need to thrive. Your role will see you selecting the optimal NDT method and conducting tests on parts – so be ready for practical experiments, project planning, resource control, problem solving and gaining technical know-how. You’ll also learn how we use NDT in research and development, and have the opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art technologies that enable us to find smaller-sized defects, increase our throughput and reduce our costs.

You’ll undertake a variety of different placements across the business to equip you with practical experience in the various NDT methods. You can also expect to spend some time in our offices, solving technical issues and running projects to help our internal customers. Throughout, you’ll study for the BEng (Hons) NDT Degree at Northampton University, getting to grips with the Maths, Electronics and Physics behind these methods. This is a new degree, designed by Rolls-Royce and the British Institute of NDT. Some modules will be delivered residentially at Northampton University; other modules will be delivered via distance learning.

What you’ll need

In terms of qualifications, you'll need two A-Levels at grade B or equivalent including Maths and either Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Engineering/IT-related Technology or an additional Mathematics-related subject (predicted or obtained). Alternatively, a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in an engineering-related subject, including Further Maths at DDM minimum. You’ll also need GCSE English Language at grade 5/B plus Maths and Physics at grade 6/B.

Beyond your academic achievements, we'll be looking for creativity and an agile approach. You’ll need to be someone who pays attention to detail and is self-motivated to deliver on project work. Your ability to deliver what you say you’re going to do, on time, is important. And you must be a strong team-player who can lead and influence others, deliver fantastic work and be accountable for making decisions.

What you’ll get

  • A competitive salary
  • A competitive pension and 33 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Career support from day one
  • A Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship
  • Internationally-recognised NDT qualifications to NDT Level III
  • The chance to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status with the British Institute of NDT
  • Skills training in team work, management and technical behaviours through our Outward Bound and STEM activities

Who we are

We’re re-inventing Rolls-Royce. Re-configuring it. Re-imagining it. Transforming what was once a traditional engineering company into a digital-first, industrial technology leader, with a clear purpose: to create sustainable solutions that meet the planet's vital power needs.

It's a fundamental shift that will prepare us for the incredible opportunities ahead. And it's already well underway. The technology is here. We have the expertise. The creativity, courage and agility too. Now we need the next generation of talented apprentices to help make it happen.

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