Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship

Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship

Sellafield Ltd
Competitive salary
Time left to apply
8 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

Civil and Structural, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

As a Sellafield Ltd Design Apprentice you will be part of an existing programme that trains and develops the future design technicians and engineers needed to ensure Sellafield Ltd can safely and successfully deliver our current and future missions. Through this Degree Apprenticeship you will gain excellent engineering qualifications and a broad base of practical nuclear design experience.

Many of our engineers, managers and leaders started their career as an apprentice and continue to benefit from the first class foundation it gave them. Apprenticeships are the gold standard for work based learning and we believe the Sellafield Ltd Design Apprenticeship is one of the best available.

Qualification requirements

  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points, including mathematics and science at A-level grade C or above. Other level-three STEM qualifications may be considered
  • Minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (Step four) or above, including English language, mathematics and a science subject (physics, chemistry, biology, science or similar)

Desirable skills

  • We are looking for bright, articulate, enthusiastic and punctual people, with a good attitude, a willingness to learn and with a real interest in engineering
  • An demonstrable interest in a career in engineering through appropriate subject choices at GCSE and/or A-level, i.e. science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects
  • Evidence of skills such as leadership, teamwork and community work (prefect at school, Duke of Edinburgh, mentoring younger students or sports captain, etc.)
  • A passion for engineering demonstrated not only in your academics but also in your hobbies and interests

Our Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship is expected to start in early September 2018.

Company information

Sellafield Ltd is responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

See further information on our Apprenticeship schemes.


Over five years we will provide you with a structured training scheme giving you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience in Nuclear Engineering Design at Sellafield Ltd and our supply chain partners.

You will receive foundation training in all aspects of workshop-based engineering. The majority of your apprenticeship will be based in our offices and production facilities, training alongside and learning from professional engineers, working towards and completing your level-five HNC/HND in your first three years.

For candidates with potential to progress, you will have the opportunity to complete a level-six degree BEng in nuclear science and engineering over a further two-year period.

The Sellafield Ltd Design Apprenticeship is split into three disciplines: mechanical design; control, electrical and instrumentation design; and civil and structural design. You will learn common elements of engineering such as the application of maths and science to engineering, fundamentals of engineering drawing and design, Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling. You will understand how to work safely at all times, complying with national and industry health and safety requirements, and work in accordance with company management systems, policies and procedures. You will learn how to assess the factors that are important to functional design e.g. the context in which you are working, the materials, components, assemblies, cost, quality, safety, security, risk, environmental impact, ergonomics, aesthetics, the end use and reliability.

In each of the three disciplines you will learn specialist technical knowledge.

For mechanical this includes: mechanical principles, material selection and application; mechanical annotation including geometrical tolerances, limits and fits, surface finishes; mechanical handling; welding, fasteners and fabrications.

For control, electrical and instrumentation this includes: electrical power generation and distribution; lighting and small power systems; principles of earthing & lightning protection; cable types, specification, and installation requirements; combinational and sequential logic and control systems; instrumentation principles and application.

For civil and structural this includes: structural principles and application; construction drawings of building structures and infrastructure, utilising multiple materials including: steel, concrete, masonry; construction processes, methods and details.

In years one to three, you will complete a level-five HNC/HND in your chosen discipline at Wigan and Leigh College. For candidates with the potential to progress further, you will complete a level-six BEng in your chosen field in years four to five.


Competitive salary

25.5 days holiday



Contract and working hours

Fixed term · Full-time

How to apply

Interviews are expected to take place18-20 April 2018 at our Risley offices in Warrington.

Additional Information
You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post, including assessment or interview invitations and any other type of correspondence relating to your application.

In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, Sellafield Ltd reserves the right to close the vacancy early.

In promoting equal opportunities, Sellafield Ltd welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We select people according to their abilities and our needs. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Closing date: 26/03/2018

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 26/03/2018

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