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Vacancy - Scientific Instrument Engineering Apprentice Technician

The vacancy is for an apprentice to train as a Scientific Instrument Technician. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain valuable scientific knowledge and experience of scientific instrumentation and its applications. At the same time gaining recognised engineering qualifications.

Closing date

01 Jul 2018

Apprenticeship summary

  • Working week
    • 37-hour working week. Monday – Friday 8hrs per day, Friday 5 hrs. FMB Oxford operates a flexible hour’s scheme.
    • Total hours per week: 37.00
  • Weekly wage


  • Expected apprenticeship duration

4 years

  • Possible start date

04 Sep 2018

  • Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


Vacancy description

Working alongside FMB Technicians and Engineers the apprentice will train in the skills required for the assembly and test of components, sub assemblies and final product, to agreed specifications, quality, and time/cost objectives.

  • Participate in design and post project reviews
  • Communicate professionally with customers(internal and external) and suppliers
  • Manufacture components, fixtures and test equipment to project and product specifications
  • Assemble and test sub assemblies and final product in accordance to both quality standards and technical specifications.
  • Preparation of product to ensure damage free transportation to customer site, including product documentation and liaison with shipper.
  • All work to be carried out safely and in accordance with Health and Safety policies and procedures.
  • Participate in improvement projects and problem solving activities.

Maintain plant, test equipment and tools in good working order.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Problem solving, flexible attitude, a good level of engineering knowledge.

Personal qualities

Maintain a flexible attitude and approach to changing priorities and requirements.

Desired qualifications

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

Future prospects

Develop in the role of Technician, world-wide travel for installation and, with time and experience, potential to become a Production Cell Leader.

Things to consider

None specified. This message will not appear on the vacancy when it goes live

About the employer


Fmb Oxford Limited

Disability Confident

Employer is not registered as Disability Confident


FMB Oxford is a recognised and established leader in the supply of beamlines and beamline components to the scientific community, specialising in the design, assembly, test, installation and commissioning of high value systems. With over 20 years experience in the global synchrotron industry, FMB has built an extensive product range and continues to work with its customers and community experts to expand and develop this range to provide new solutions capable of supporting the increasing demands of the scientific community. Continual investment in new production and test facilities together with the recruitment of key staff, ensure that FMB Oxford remains at the forefront of beamline technology and supply.


Ferry Mills Unit One

Osney Mead



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Training provider

Training to be provided

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. The first year will be spent completing both competence and knowledge qualifications with subsequent years spent in company completing the company training plan and further competence qualifications.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider



  • Yvette Garcia-Mier
  • 01993 882008