Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

(Relevant Engineering Degree)

The Airframe Designs Degree Apprenticeship Programme offers an exceptional opportunity to earn an engineering degree while gaining invaluable experience, acquiring essential skills, and accessing world-class training on state-of-the-art equipment.

As a participant, you will not only pursue a degree in engineering but also actively contribute to our engineering team at AFD. Working on live projects under the guidance of our highly experienced professionals, you will have the chance to learn and grow.

This programme provides a distinctive pathway to becoming a well-rounded, qualified, and highly skilled engineer, with direct exposure to major aerospace companies.

Job Description

The primary role of the apprentice engineer is to learn and develop to become a qualified engineer in one of the following disciplines: Design, Stress or Additive Manufacturing. Other duties include:

  • Attending a college or university, on a day-release basis, to complete a relevant engineering degree.
  • Completing a 3-month period (or longer) of practical training in basic work-shop skills.
  • Learning and developing a set of engineering skills through on-the-job training, mentoring, and via training courses.
  • Learning to use all software and hardware (including manufacturing equipment) deployed across the business.
  • Providing engineering support to live projects across the business.

Skills & Knowledge

  • The ability to perform basic hand calculations.
  • The ability to design mechanical structure and create the necessary data sets in a CAD environment.
  • A basic knowledge of materials and failure modes.
  • Keeping abreast of current and future technologies.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and confidently both within the business and externally with customers.
  • The ability to integrate into multiple teams and projects and become familiar with different company procedures.
  • The ability to work independently to provide creative solutions to problems.
  • The ability to work efficiently and accurately to a ‘required’ and consistent standard.
  • Competence with engineering & manufacturing tool-sets.

Required Qualification

  • 3 x A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualification

Applicant Pre-Requisites

  • Clear DBS Check
  • UK Passport Holder


  • Gym and Spa Membership 
  • Team building 
  • Membership to the Royal Aeronautical Society 
  • Access to exclusive events
  • Cycle-to-work scheme 
  • Employee profit-sharing scheme
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