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Control and Instrumentation (Level 3) apprenticeships

Control and Instrumentation (C&I) is one of only two 'critical trades' at AWE. That's because C&I is vital to the success of our mission, to keep the nation safe and secure. Put simply, C&I engineers enable a wide range of different automated processes to run.
C&I engineers create, simplify and automate processes. We deal with systems that measure and control all kinds of things - from the flow of water, to the temperature of a furnace. Our goal is to make sure complex processes can take place at the simple press of a button. In C&I, we maintain, install and develop equipment used to control a variety of processes within AWE's production environment. That means everything from air handling units which keep clean air flowing safely through different working environments, through to programmable logic controllers which use advanced IT to control a variety of systems.

What does a typical day look like?
It all begins at our famous Skills Academy. You'll attend a range lectures designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of circuits and systems. Importantly, you will also
learn and develop vital control and instrumentation skills by completing various projects.
Once your training at the Academy is complete, you'll move to the highly practical, on-site phase of training. Taking part in a variety of different placements, you will use your new skills to maintain, repair, install and calibrate equipment that is used across AWE. You will spend the whole second half of your apprenticeship on placements.

Comparable skills/interests:
C&I Maintenance may appeal to you if you enjoy:
• Understanding how control systems work
• Understanding how Building Management Systems work
• Understanding how safety systems work
• Being hands on
• Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

Fundamental skills required for the role:

You'll need to demonstrate:
• A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
• Computer literacy (PC)
• Excellent team working skills 
• Good communication skills
• Awareness of health and safety
• The ability to follow instructions
• The ability to concentrate for long periods
• A real passion for this type of work 

Entry Requirements:

  • Preferably GCSE in Math and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Qualifications achieved during your apprenticeship:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Technical certificate)
  • Level 2 English, Maths & ICT (Functional Skills) – If required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Process Safety Awareness Certificate

Duration of training: 3-4 Years

Starting salary: £10500