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Vacancy - Apprentice Engineer

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems provides a variety of electronic products for military applications including naval sonar, combat management, gun fire control, electro-optic systems, cameras, data distribution systems and weapon interfacing electronics. They are looking to recruit an Apprentice Engineer in Loudwater, High Wycombe.

Closing date

31 Jul 2018

Apprenticeship summary

  • Working week

Monday to Thursday             09:30 - 15:00 with a 30 minutes unpaid lunch break

Friday                                  09:30 - 13:00

Working hours are flexible, the above are core working hours with total of 37 hrs per week.

  • Total hours per week: 37.00
  • Annual wage

£14,000.00

  • Expected apprenticeship duration

4 years

  • Possible start date

04 Sep 2018

  • Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Positions

1 available

Vacancy description

The Through Life Engineering team works on a wide variety of equipment that are currently in service with a wide variety of customers worldwide in both the Military and civilian domain. Engineers within the department may get involved in the process of further development and future bids.

Undertake rotation placements within the business across a broad number of engineering disciplines under the supervision and guidance of more senior personnel while attending education. During rotations, the apprentice will be responsible for learning the conduct of engineering support activities including installation, manufacturing, configuration and testing of systems.

Towards the end of the apprenticeship scheme, the apprentice will select a preferred discipline and work towards achieving functional competence in that area to become a technician as part of their longer term career development.

The Apprentice will be responsible for the following:

  • Attending courses at College on a day release basis leading to recognised NVQ qualifications.
  • Gaining a broad understanding of UECSS’ and the Engineering industry.
  • Undertaking placements across a range of functional areas and projects throughout the apprenticeship scheme.
  • Learning how to deliver allocated tasks and meet objectives as agreed with line manager and placement supervisor.
  • Performing installation, implementation, manufacturing and configuration activities at a basic level with the supervision and mentoring of a technician/engineer.
  • Taking part in testing activities with the guidance of a technician/engineer.
  • Learning the use of tools and equipment as required by the allocated tasks.
  • Learning how to meet agreed estimates/timescales with the support of supervisor.
  • Providing regular and clear technical progress reports to supervisor, mentor and direct line manager.
  • Adhering to the company’s engineering processes and procedures.
  • Acting as a team player who recognises impact of own performance and behaviour in the wider team.
  • Developing an awareness of the role of other functions of the business (Finance, Production, Sales & Marketing, Commercial, etc.) as part of the Early Career Development Scheme (ECDS).

In order to achieve this, the Apprentice will be accountable for:

  • Demonstrating good inter personal skills and a positive attitude to technical challenges.
  • Maintaining and developing technical skills by identifying training needs with the assistance of his/her mentor and learning on the job.
  • Understanding the priorities of own project(s) and learn how to plan own work adequately to meet allocated deadlines.
  • Developing personal career path with assistance of his/her line manager as part of the Early Career Development Scheme and annual assessment process.
  • Manage transitions between periods at college and in the business efficiently.

Becoming a member of a UK Engineering Council registered Professional Body (e.g. IET, IMechE, RAeS) and working towards the professional registration standards set out by their chosen body.

The duties and tasks of the apprentice will vary depending upon the placements undertaken, a sample of the duties and tasks typically undertaken within each function is given below:

  • Through Life
    • Support in-service equipment, investigation of faults and fault finding.
    • Integration of electronic products manufactured by Ultra Electronics. Writing technical reports, specifications and test procedures.
    • Provide technical advice to customer or field service engineers via e-mail / telephone.
    • Attending Operational Defects (OPDEFs) meetings.
    • Management of reference systems.
  • Systems
    • Working with the customer and internal teams to elicit and derive requirements
    • Developing the high level system architecture for a project
    • Planning and undertaking verification and validation activities
  • Electrical
    • Developing schematics for electronics to meet system requirements and functional interface specifications
    • Selecting components appropriate for the application and environment being considered
    • Working with the operations and systems teams to ensure the manufacturability, reliability and maintainability of electronic equipment designs.
  • Software
    • Programming of software in high level commonly used languages (e.g. C, C++, Java, HTML, C#, Python, QT) and low level, more rarely used languages (e.g. assembly, delphi, ada)
    • Development of unit test frameworks and implementation of automated unit testing
    • Production of formal software documentation throughout the whole lifecycle (planning, design, test, transition, manuals, etc.).
  • Mechanical
    • Undertaking 3D CAD modelling to design cost effective and producable mechanisms and structures and producing 2D Technical Drawings as part of a production drawing pack
    • Supporting stress and thermal analysis activities to ensure designs are fit for purpose
    • Selecting materials and advising the operations team on assembly techniques and manufacturing processes

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Effective communication skills, both written and oral

Strong attention to detail and methodical approach to problem solving

Ability to meet tight deadlines

Good planning and organisational skills required for working in a fast paced business

Excellent team player

Experience of working as part of a team to solve a technical problem (not necessarily within a work environment - e.g. college group projects).

Personal qualities

  • A flexible and proactive approach to tasks
  • Willingness to work hard and fit into a team
  • Wants to develop and learn
  • Commitment to continued education

Desired qualifications

A minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) at grade 5 and above including English, Science and Maths.

Future prospects

Towards the end of the apprenticeship scheme, the apprentice will select a preferred discipline and work towards achieving functional competence in that area to become a technician as part of their longer term career development.

Things to consider

Work will be based at our Loudwater site but occasional off site working at other Ultra sites and customers’ sites will be required. Apprentices may have the opportunity to undertake placements at other Ultra Command & Sonar Systems sites (Greenford, Weymouth).


About the employer

Employer

Ultra Electronics Ltd

www.ultra-css.com

Disability Confident

Employer is not registered as Disability Confident

Description

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems (CSS) provides a variety of electronic products for military applications including naval sonar and combat management systems, gun fire control systems, electro-optic systems, cameras, data distribution systems and weapon interfacing electronics.  In addition CSS has moved into a Prime Contract Management role providing whole platform solutions.

The Engineering Department provides multi-discipline engineering services to the CSS business, in support of project delivery and Sales and Marketing.

The Through Life Engineering team works on a wide variety of equipment that are currently in service with a wide variety of customers worldwide in both the Military and civilian domain. Engineers within the department may get involved in the process of further development and future bids.

Address

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, Knaves Beech Business Centre, Loudwater, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP10 9UT