Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

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An Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprenticeship will prepare you for a career within our engineering and design teams over a four year programme. Examples of target occupations / functions listed below.

Design Engineering - Design Engineers are involved from the early phases of concept development right through to the design, supporting in-service product repairs and upgrades. You will work closely with our customers to provide innovative solutions to a variety of wing related components, sub-assemblies and complex integrated assemblies.

Analysis - Analysis Engineers work closely with all engineering functions. Key activities include loadsets, sizing, optimisation, strength, and test and justification reports.

Manufacturing Engineering - Manufacturing Engineers operate across the whole business, from product concepts through to design, procurement, manufacturing and end product support.  As a Manufacturing Engineer you will work closely with Design Engineering, Operations, Procurement, Customers and Suppliers to achieve world class Cost, Quality and Delivery objectives.

Apprentice Programme Structure

Year 1:  The majority of your first year will be working offsite at college. Towards the end of the first year, you will undertake a return to site induction followed by onsite GKN training.

Years 2 & 3:  You will undertake Business Familiarisation, which involves working to a rotation plan in Design, Analysis, Materials and Processes, Component/ Assembly Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality. All work carried out within placement areas will be recorded in work packs. These will be reviewed monthly with your GKN training advisor.  You will return to college on day-release to continue studying in the classroom for your Degree.

Year 4:  You will be assigned to your final target function and you will spend the year specialising in this area. You will also complete your Degree and level Four Competence Qualification during this time as well as completion of your End Point Assessment.

Key Responsibilities

  • To observe the company’s terms and conditions of employment.
  • In both work and training, to be diligent and punctual and attend courses, keep records and take tests to be determined by the company in order to achieve the training objectives and quality gates
  • To behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health & Safety legislation relating to the individual’s responsibilities.
  • To promote the company’s name and image with respect and diplomacy.
  • To successfully complete all activities documented in the Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprentice Training Agreement.

Qualifications / Experience / Skills

Minimum entry requirements are two A-levels at grade A*-C

These must include:

  • Maths
  • Science (Physics or Chemistry) or equivalent Engineering bias qualification

Please note: for engineering equivalent qualifications you must specify units contained within the qualification and also specify   the grading achieved for each unit I.e. Pas / Merit/ Distinction. Also Level 3 Tec Extended Diploma Qualifications must contain Further Mathematics and Further Mechanical Principles units. Failure to give this level of detail will result in your application not being progressed further 

If you live outside the EU you will need a UK work permit before you can start an apprenticeship.