Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineer Degree Apprenticeship- Derby

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  • Engineering
  • Aviation & Aeronautics

Starting salary £12,657 pa

Our reputation for technical excellence is a defining part of our heritage and something we’re immensely proud of. Join us as a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineer, and you’ll feel that sense of pride too. Not least because we’ll give you the on-the-job training and hands-on experience you need to become a technical expert. More than that, we’ll support you to gain industry-recognised qualifications, and give you a competitive salary while you learn.

The programme

NDT is used across a wide variety of sectors and relies heavily upon Physics and Maths. NDT is vital to us in inspecting components across our Civil and Defence Aerospace, Nuclear and Marine businesses, and we work with world-class universities and companies to ensure our inspection technologies are industry leading. Your apprenticeship will give you exposure across our business as you learn how to use NDT to find surface and internal defects in a variety of materials.

You’ll spend time building your practical and theoretical knowledge of x-rays, ultrasonics, eddy currents, magnetic particle inspection and fluorescent penetrant inspection undertaking training courses in these five main NDT methods at a new state-of-the-art training facility. You’ll gain manufacturing and laboratory experience of these methods along with quality assessment techniques, providing a mix of both practical and theoretical experience. This apprenticeship typically lasts 48 months.

What you’ll do

You’ll be trained to lead your own technical projects and to work with expert mentors to develop the skills you need to thrive. Your role will see you selecting the optimal NDT method and conducting tests on parts – so be ready for practical experiments, project planning, resource control, problem solving and gaining technical know-how. You’ll also learn how we use NDT in research and development, and have the opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art technologies that enable us to find smaller-sized defects, increase our throughput and reduce our costs.

You’ll undertake a variety of different placements across the business to equip you with practical experience in the various NDT methods. You can also expect to spend some time in our offices, solving technical issues and running projects to help our internal customers. Throughout, you’ll study for the BEng (Hons) NDT Degree at Northampton University getting to grips with the Maths, Electronics and Physics behind these methods. This is a new degree, designed by Rolls-Royce and the British Institute of NDT. Some modules will be delivered residentially at Northampton University; other modules will be delivered via distance learning. 

What you’ll get

  • A competitive salary starting from £12,657 a year which will increase as you train
  • A competitive pension, and 33 days’ holiday per year (inclusive of Bank Holidays)
  • Career support from day one
  • A Level 6 degree apprenticeship
  • Internationally-recognised NDT qualifications to NDT Level III
  • You will be able to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status with the British Institute of NDT
  • Skills training in team work, management and technical behaviours through our Outward Bound and STEM activities

What you’ll need

At least two A-Levels in Maths and either Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, or any other equivalent Engineering related technical qualification at grade C or above. You’ll also need at least five GCSE/Standard grades at grade A-B (4) which must include Maths, English Language and  Science. It’s important that you’re team-orientated too, as you’ll spend time with your fellow apprentices embarking on outdoor learning courses and team-building initiatives.

Who we are

Our high-performance, integrated power solutions are at the cutting edge of technology. From powering huge commercial vessels to nuclear submarines, supersonic fighter jets to highly efficient passenger planes, or rail locomotives to luxury yachts, we go above and beyond to create better. And it’s all thanks to our people. Whether they work in engineering or finance, manufacturing or project management, our 50,000-strong team work together to deliver excellence in the air, on land and at sea – to customers in 150 nations around the world.

Trusted to deliver excellence.

We recruit, select and develop our people on merit, irrespective of their race, colour, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other characteristic.

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