Degree Apprenticeship

Electronic Design - Degree Level Apprenticeship

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

What we do is unique and so are our people

For 70 years we've been part of the defence and security for our nation.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

Electronic Design Apprenticeship (Level 6, Degree)

Do you want to be part of something extraordinary? Something that not only gives you the opportunity to develop and grow your career, but offers excitement, challenge and intrigue at the same time making a difference to keeping our country, and everyone in it, safe?

That’s what the proud people of AWE have been doing for more than 70 years.

Our role in nuclear defence and what we do to support the UK’s nuclear deterrent, is vital in defending our country from the most extreme threats and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Working together with a team of remarkable people who achieve extraordinary things everyday, you too could be a part of something that makes a difference. How? The answer is AWE.

The role:

This apprenticeship follows the Embedded electronic systems design and development engineer (degree) standard and leads to roles Designing and developing electronic circuits, devices and systems.

As an electronic apprentice you will spend your first year of training producing a number of electronic projects whilst also attending university part time. These projects will help you to develop your skills and knowledge in basic electronic theory, components, basic circuit design, circuit construction and reporting.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will attend a number of lectures designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of further electronic theory, these include:

  • Component recognition
  • Component characteristics
  • Circuit calculations
  • Semi-conductor theory
  • Fault finding techniques
  • Testing and measuring

This role may appeal to you if you are you interested in:

  • Arduino or Robotics
  • Understanding how all things electronic work
  • Designing and building electronic circuits
  • Use of electronic test equipment for fault finding, maintenance and repair of circuits and systems
  • Learning about the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Analogue and Digital electronics

Location: 

You will be based in Aldermaston, near Reading

You'll need to demonstrate:

3 A levels @ grade C or above including: Maths or Science Or BTEC diploma English as well as;

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • Computer literacy (PC)
  • Excellent team working skills 
  • Good communication skills
  • Awareness of health and safety
  • The ability to follow instructions
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods
  • A real passion for this type of work (see comparable skills/interests)
  • Three A levels including Maths and/or Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Is also suitable for applicants with BTEC Level3 Diploma in Engineering with Merit or above

Duration of training: 4 Years + 3 months for end point assessment (can vary depending on personal performance)

What we offer:

  • We offer our apprentices a starting salary of £13,500
  • A market leading contributory pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. This means that every other Friday you won’t be required to work
  • Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping us to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £13,500 + benefits
  • Aldermaston (Reading)
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