Commissioning Engineering Apprenticeship

Job description

Fascinated by engineering systems and technology? Launch your career through our 4-year Apprenticeship in Commissioning Engineering at Rosyth Dockyard.

About the programme

Babcock provides vital naval engineering support to the Ministry of Defence. Join us and you’ll work on ground-breaking maritime projects that help to keep the world safe.

During the programme, you'll have the opportunity to specialise in Commissioning Engineering disciplines such as commissioning mechanical equipment and systems, commissioning electrical and electronic systems, commissioning instrumentation and control systems, and commissioning refrigeration systems.

You'll get hands-on experience working on real shipbuilding projects at Rosyth Dockyard. Projects could include the Type 31 frigate design and build, Type 31 export opportunities, Queen Elizabeth Class carrier maintenance periods, commercial refit and upgrade projects, and future naval programmes. You’ll also develop specialist skills including:

  • Commissioning mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems
  • Utilising safety management systems
  • Equipment testing and verification
  • Fault diagnosis and troubleshooting
  • Continuous improvement.

You'll gain valuable knowledge and understanding from your involvement in live design and construction contracts currently underway. By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have the experience to take on a Test Technician role.

What you’ll need

  • HNC in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
  • Highers in Maths and another technical subject, preferably Physics, at grade B or above, supplemented with a level of vocational training.

Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold or have held may impact which roles you are eligible for. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels – GOV.UK ( For our early careers roles, you must be able to achieve BPSS and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

What you’ll get

We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career.

In addition, you’ll benefit from:

  • Fully funded qualification
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Employee share scheme
  • Flexible benefits including cycle to work scheme and employee shopping savings portal

You’ll also have the chance to get involved in our STEM outreach activities and volunteering opportunities, which our apprentices find incredibly rewarding.

Your career development

It’s hard to beat the variety of fantastic opportunities and business experiences you’ll receive. You can expect real world encounters and exposure to exciting projects that will really help you navigate where you want to take your career.

Plus, when you join us, you’ll be automatically enrolled onto our Apprentice Development Programme. Through a series of digital and face to face sessions, presented by wellbeing and performance experts and our external partners, we will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive and perform at your very best on your programme and beyond.


You'll study for your SCQF Level 6 apprenticeship in Commissioning Engineering through an accredited Modern Apprenticeship programme at Fife College. This covers all the theory to support your hands-on learning.

Additional job details


We offer a competitive apprentice starting salary and benefits, this varies between £12,000 to £22,000 per annum, dependant on the apprenticeship level, discipline and location. You can find the specific salary on the individual job posting.

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 15 March 2024

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Closing date:  15 March 2024

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