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Quality Inspectors (Level 3) apprenticeship

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As a Quality Inspector at AWE your role will include inspection of various mechanical and electrical components that are used within a  production or trials environment. Working to process following written procedures, or using your knowledge and experience to interpret requirements directly from drawings. These tasks may include the use of first principle measurements using a variety of hand instruments through to computer guided purpose made precision measurement equipment.

What does a typical day look like?

As a Quality apprentice you will initially be based within the onsite training facility, where you will develop your basic knowledge and core skills, before progressing on to the onsite aspect of your training. At this point you will now start to apply and further develop these core skills in a live working environment. In addition to the vocational aspects of your training, we will further your knowledge of quality through academic studies as your work towards the completion of your professional qualifications.

Comparable skills/interests

Becoming a Quality Inspector may appeal to you if you enjoy:

  • Understanding how mechanical and electrical assemblies work
  • Understanding how and why the physical properties of a product matter
  • Studying how components can be assessed, measured and reported
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios
  • A practical application to find out about the things around you
  • Having a hands on approach to problem solving

Skills required

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Passion for your chosen profession 
  • Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

Entry requirements

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

Qualifications achieved during your apprenticeship

  • Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Technical certificate)
  • Level 2 English, Maths & ICT (Functional Skills) – If required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Level 1 & 2 Quality Awareness Certificates
  • Process Safety Awareness Certificate

Duration of apprenticeship: 3 years

Starting salary: £10,500 

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