BAE Systems

Design Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship - Submarines

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

The role of a Designer is broken down into three disciplines – Electrical, Mechanical and Hull. As a Design Apprentice you will work together with the Engineers to develop and design Submarines from initial concept right through to build.

What does the Apprenticeship involve?

The main duties will include the design, CAD modelling and drawing of all aspects of Submarine design. Some of the main areas of work include External and Internal Steelwork, Electrical Systems, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Mechanical Piping Systems and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

All work is carried out using the two CAD systems (CADDS5 on the Astute programme and FORAN on Dreadnought) currently employed within the business.

Excellent collaborative teamwork and communication skills are required as you will be working alongside colleagues in your own team, Engineers and representatives from the Customer or suppliers.

Qualification requirements

Five GCSEs A*-C/ 4-9 including maths, English, science/technical subject.

Overview of business unit

Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.

The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.

Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.

We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

Security / export control

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Working with us

At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.


Engineering Design & Draughtsperson Apprenticeship Standard at [Level 3]

Additional job details

£10,297 - £17,143

dependant on age at starting and a range of employee benefits including, free higher education as well as access to the Company pension and share saving scheme

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 28 February 2022

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Closing date:  28 February 2022

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