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Materials Laboratories Degree Apprenticeship

Employer
Rolls-Royce
Location
Derby, Derbyshire
Salary
starting salary £13,830 per year
Closing date
19 Feb 2022

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Specialism
Engineering
Sector
Engineering & Aerospace, FMCG & Manufacturing
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
September
Duration
Undisclosed
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Job Details

This is your chance to work with world-class scientists and engineers to make sure the materials we use are as innovative and safe as possible. Building on your previous academic studies, you can expect to gain an understanding of different materials and their uses, failure investigation studies, research and development, process control and laboratory-related improvement activities.

You’ll also get to work on a variety of different special processes used during component manufacture, such as chemical processing, laser processes, machining, welding, heat treatment, casting, forging and various coatings. This will give you a broad overview as you split your time between our offices and high-tech laboratories, providing a mix of both practical and theoretical experience.

The programme

Initially, you’ll gain foundation engineering skills and knowledge through time spent off-the-job in an engineering skills workshop. You’re going to be working with experienced engineering instructors, completing both written and practical activities.

You’ll then undertake a variety of three to six-month placements in our manufacturing laboratories and specialist materials teams, working with our experienced and knowledgeable people to learn how the special processes we use operate.

What you’ll do

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 alloy composition

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 you’ll need

You’ll have two A Levels (or equivalent) at a grade C in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering (this must include maths or physics or both) plus one further grade C in any subject, or, an Engineering extended BTEC at DDM. You’ll also need 5 GCSEs including GCSE Maths at a grade 5/B and GCSE English Language at a grade C/4 plus 3 others at grade C/4.

Every bit as important as your academic achievements, however, are the personal qualities you bring to the role. You need to show real passion for the work you do. And be confident in your abilities, naturally curious and eager to build on what you know.

Beyond that, you've got to be open-minded, collaborative and creative in your approach to problem-solving. And, above all, you've got to be comfortable sharing your own ideas, your own aspirations and your own perspective on the world.

What you’ll get

  • A competitive salary
  • A competitive pension and 33 days’ holiday per year (including bank holidays)
  • Support from expert mentors and career coaches
  • A BSc Honours degree in a Materials or Manufacturing discipline
  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace & Aviation Engineering (foundation competence)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing (development competence)

Who we are

We’re one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, and it’s all thanks to our people. They’re the reason we’ve created a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment where you can do your best work and feel like you belong.

At Rolls-Royce, we pioneer cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital energy needs. We believe in the transforming potential of technology to protect our planet, secure our world and explore our universe. That’s why we’re helping lead the way in the transition to a net zero-carbon future for us all.

Find out more and apply at careers.rolls-royce.com

At Rolls-Royce, we recruit apprentices based on merit, and regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, race/colour/nationality/ethnic or national origins, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable legislation.

 

 

Company

Rolls-Royce is a global company dedicated to delivering innovation in the air, on land and at sea. Our people are passionate about creating better products and services in the civil and defence aerospace, marine and nuclear markets. Together we’ve set land speed records, developed the world’s most efficient aero engine, designed industry leading eco-friendly ships and powered nuclear submarines.

Our world-class laboratories, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and fast-paced business teams are driven by engineering experts and experienced professionals. However, we don’t deliver best-in-class by relying solely on expertise. We recognise that we need to balance knowledge and rigour with fresh eyes, challenging ideas and novel ways of thinking. That’s why, every year, we hire hundreds of bright, ambitious and innovative interns, graduates, apprentices and school leavers.

We have graduate and intern opportunities in a broad array of Engineering, Operations and Business functions. We also provide a range of Modern or Advanced Apprenticeships, Higher Apprenticeships, Sponsored Degree and school leaver programmes that offer the chance to gain experience at work alongside qualifications at college or university.

Wherever you join – whether you’re engineering on the micron scale, launching new internal systems or scoping out commercial opportunities – we’ll expect you to pursue perfection. That means putting your drive and inventive streak to the test as you work on live projects while taking every chance to suggest improvements, share ideas and make a positive impact – on your team, on our products and on our global business.

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