Apprentice Mechanical Workshop Technician

University Of Southampton
University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ
£290.96 per week
21 Apr 2021
15 May 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Our apprentices work alongside skilled technicians, scientists and engineers gaining experience, knowledge and skills to be able to work on projects that change the world in an inclusive and diverse environment.You'll be helping build bespoke precision equipment for experimental, research and education purposes using modern techniques that will have a place in the products of the future.

Your in depth experience over the apprenticeship will progress in a vast array of areas including (but not limited to):
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software packages
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software packages
  • 3D printing
  • CNC and manual Milling/Turning
  • Working from engineering drawings to tight, precision tolerances
  • Using precision measuring equipment
  • Welding
  • Material selection
  • Engineering calculations
  • Design development for manufacture
  • Using hand tools as a skilled craftsperson
  • Mechanical assembly

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Evidence of practical hobbies will be an advantage
  • Good written and verbal skills

Personal qualities

  • An interest in engineering and/or science will be essential, as will be a mature attitude towards health and safety
  • Self-starting and motivated with a positive attitude
  • Enquiring and inquisitive mind
  • Proactive in promoting a working environment that is inclusive and engaging; recognising the value diversity brings
  • Willingness to undertake Health and Safety training specific to role
  • Willingness to engage with the opportunities the Technician Commitment brings

Desired qualifications

Applicants should have 5 GCSEs at grades B/6 or above, including English language, maths and a science subject (predicted grades or equivalent qualifications).

It will also be a requirement that all applicants MUST have a level 3 qualification/apprenticeship in Engineering or closely related subjects, please see government comparison sites or enquire if you are unsure. This is due to the Apprenticeship being at a Level 4 Engineering Manufacturing Technician.

Candidates will also be asked to sit some aptitude tests.

Future prospects

We believe in Apprenticeships and hope our Apprentices will want to build their careers with us.The apprenticeship has been based on approved standards and in line with University of Southampton Policies and guidelines to provide a quality experience for both the apprentice and the employer.On successful completion of the apprenticeship the qualified technician will continue as a permanent member of technical staff as detailed in "Important other information".

Things to consider

It is important to remember this role will requires the individual to attend SETA full-time for an initial period to gain general engineering training across several discipline areas.

It will also require part-time attendance to SETA thereafter to attain certification in an HNC Engineering qualification.

Annual salaries for this apprenticeship are paid on a sliding scale based on a percentage of a qualified post, currently the actual pay is:

Year 1 £15,130.20

Year 2 £17,651.90

Year 3 £20,173.60

Year 4 £22,695.30

On successful completion/certification of the apprenticeship the qualified technician will enter onto the university pay scale system at spine point 20 of L3 core zone (currently £25,217) continuing as a permanent member of technical staff. Staff progress incrementally through the core zone L3 at the rate of one pay point per year, subject to satisfactory performance please see our advertised pay scales available via contacting SETA.

We take safety very seriously. Training will be given and we expect our Apprentices to maintain our safe systems of work.

You will need to complete the required academic and practical training requirements of the L4 standard Engineering Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship (20% off the job training).

You must be able, over the apprenticeship, to develop a flexible and supportive approach to students, researchers and staff, focussing on the range of requirements for modules, projects and other activities in the Faculty, eventually including demonstration of equipment use if required by the role.

A proactive approach to developing a welcoming and productive environment within workshops

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