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Control and Instrumentation apprenticeships


As a control and instrumentation apprentice you will complete various projects to develop your skills needed to maintain all control and instrumentation equipment.

In your first 18 months you will learn the basics of control and instrumentation techniques through the completion of various projects. Once your training within the academy is complete you will move to the on-site phase of training. This is where you will use the skills you have learnt to maintain a variety of control and instrumentation equipment. You will also learn to repair, calibrate and test the equipment that is used across the organisations.

Typical work will include the installation of, repair and maintenance of, and calibration of the following types of equipment:

  • Level, flow and pressure measurement
  • Control loops
  • Temperature control
  • Display gauges and recorders 
  • Trip amps and signal conditioners

Throughout your apprenticeship you will attend various lectures designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of circuits and systems, including:

  • Proportional integral derivative control 
  • Programmable logic controller 
  • Relay logic and control 
  • Air handling units

About You

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods 

Qualifications gained on completion

  • L3 Diploma in Engineering

Qualifications during the Apprenticeship include:

  • Deeds of Apprenticeships
  • A career within AWE   


35535-01 James OFF"Before starting my Apprenticeship in Control & Instrumentation I spent three years at college studying various subjects with the intention of going to university, but only because I did not know what else to do and it was what all of my friends were doing. The longer I was at college the more I realised that university wasn't for me.
A friend recommended a C&I apprenticeship as there were many opportunities of progression. After reading into C&I I decided to apply to AWE as it gave a good insight and basic understanding of the trade. I had also heard good things about the apprenticeship from people that already worked on site.
Spending the last three and half years working towards my apprenticeship have been rewarding. I have gained a basic understanding of the trade through time in the academy doing various projects. I have been able to put this knowledge into practice by doing placements on site. Working alongside experienced engineers on the placements has given me a further understanding of the many different systems that I work on.
Through the apprenticeship I have gained a Level 2 and 3 BTEC and NVQ . I am now working towards my HNC. I believe that the theoretical understanding alongside the hands on practical experience has set me in good stead for the rest of my career."- James, Control and Instrumentation Apprentice