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Faculty Apprentice Technician Electronics

Requisition ID:  19481

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-May-2022

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



Age under 18: £12,078 with progression to £19,022 per annum

Age 18 - 20: £12,662 with progression to £19,022 per annum

Age 21 - 22: £16,136 with progression to £19,022 per annum

Age 23 or over: £17,198 with progression to £19,022 per annum


Closing Date: 31 May 2022


The Role


We have a fantastic opportunity for an Apprentice Technician (Electronics) to join our dedicated Faculty Technical Services Team based in Newcastle upon Tyne. This is an excellent opportunity to earn while you learn. You will earn a salary from day one and be fully supported as a learner whilst you undertake your training. Your learning will be underpinned with practical experience which will prepare you for a career in Technical Services. You will be part of a University technical support structure, affording you an opportunity to join a helpful family of technicians working in a world class academic hub and supporting the faculty research, learning and teaching.


We are offering a 48-month traineeship in which you will benefit from working across the SAgE Faculty to learn and develop electrical engineering skills and knowledge. Your bespoke training will equip you with the capability to provide electrical technical support across a variety of workshop and laboratory areas. Soft skills will also be developed during this period to help strengthen personal attributes such as communication and networking abilities.


You will have a personal mentor who will be skilled in your specialism of engineering, as well as a line manager who will guide and support you for the 48 month traineeship. During term time you will spend 1 day per week on day release at a local further education college to pursue the academic aspects of the apprenticeship until such time that these have been attained to an appropriate level. It is expected that you will attain a Level 3 apprenticeship standard in engineering.


After successful completion of the 48-month apprenticeship, you will have enough skills and experience to make you a strong entrant to start work as a qualified member of technical staff. You will combine on the job skills and knowledge gained in the workplace along with off the job further education to ensure that this is achievable.


If you have recently qualified, or are about to complete your GCSEs (or equivalent), and you are interested in a career in engineering, this is an excellent opportunity for you and we would love to hear from you. To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples. 


For all informal enquiries, please contact Karen Hendrix, SAgE Technical Trainee and Training Coordinator via email: 


Key Accountabilities


The following is a sample of duties which the Apprentice will undertake and is by no means exhaustive. The specific duties will be outlined and evidenced in the individual’s training programme which is agreed between the line manager, training manager and the training provider.


1) Electronic and Instrumentation Systems

  • Learn different types of data logging and data acquisition systems
  • Gain a good understanding of different types of electrical signals to be measured such as voltage and current
  • Learn about different analogue and digital signals
  • Understand how analogue and digital signals would be used within a system for data acquisition or control purposes

2) Process Instrumentation 

  • Installation, specification of accuracy, commissioning, calibration and testing of various process instruments, including temperature, flow and pressure


3) Electrical and Electromechanical Maintenance

  • Learn about all aspects of maintenance of electrical and electromechanical equipment, including preventative maintenance
  • Learn about maintenance requirements of electrical systems, including how these systems are linked to the building fabric


4) Electrical installation (including design, build and commissioning)

  • Learn about ring main circuits, lighting circuits, 3 phase circuits and associated equipment such as induction motors and variable speed drive systems
  • Learn the correct selection and use of cabling (eg: specifications, current carrying capability)
  • Gain understanding of correct selection and use of protective devices (eg: fusing, overload protection, earth leakage protection)
  • Learn about control circuits and control relays, safety interlocks, emergency stop systems
  • Develop skills in reading and understanding electrical diagrams and schematics. Learn about building and wiring of electrical control panels


5) Electrical and Electromechanical Fault Finding

  • Learn and develop electrical and electromechanical fault finding skills and techniques Gain an understanding of electrical testing and in both a maintenance and breakdown environment


6) Learn fitting and assembly skills

  • Understand how to fit and assemble a wide range of electrical and electromechanical components and equipment


7) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s)

  • Learn about the installation of PLC’s
  • Learn about different PLC manufacturer software
  • Understand how to use PLC software, learn the programming of basic logic circuits, learn about input and output signals (I/O) and how these are connected and interfaced


8) Certification

  • At the latter stages of the 48-month period we would expect our apprentices to work towards any relevant mandatory certification ready for the completion of their apprenticeship


9) Further develop fault finding and fault diagnosis skills

  • This will be developed as experience grows by working alongside experienced technical staff members


10) Successfully complete all relevant further education courses

  • This is to ensure academic aspects of the apprenticeship are achieved to the required standards


11) Undertake any other relevant training

  • Such as develop soft skills as agreed with the Faculty Trainee and Training Coordinator


12) Undertake any relevant health and safety training

  • This will be in line with University Safety Office requirements as well as any other mandatory requirements




  • Learn and develop skills to liaise with academic, research and technical staff; with respect to understanding the safe design, build and installation of equipment.


  • Learn about the provision of technical support for the realisation of laboratory experiments carried out under a variety of research programmes in a variety of subject areas and disciplines across the SAgE Faculty.


  • Learn what is required for the support of student experimental projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition, learn from experienced technical staff about the tuition of students requiring specialist knowledge of experimental techniques and safe operating practices.


  • Head of School of Engineering, Faculty Technical Manager, Faculty Trainee and Training Coordinator, School of Engineering Technical Manager, Academic and Academic related staff, Postgraduate and Undergraduate students, SAgE technical staff.


  • Learn about build, installation, commissioning and safety of laboratory and workshop equipment for the SAgE Faculty as consistent with the requirements of the operational areas required within SAgE Faculty.

Planning and Organising

  • Work and training will be organised and coordinated by the Faculty Technical Trainee and Training Coordinator, working with technical colleagues in relevant areas across the SAgE Faculty to ensure that all skills and training objectives are deliverable and achievable.

Decision Making

  • Limited decision making initially. As the trainee develops their understanding of the job they will be required to make basic decisions.
  • Apprentice will be involved as necessary in any decision-making exercise with technical staff which may help and develop this area.


Internal and External Relationships

  • Effective working relationships with staff and students.
  • Some external contact will be required (for example, liaising with training assessors and college lecturers). As the apprenticeship progresses, potentially liaising with external suppliers and other contacts.


Other Relevant Information

  • Use of a wide range of instruments, including the use of appropriate test equipment; power, machines and hand tools; computing equipment and computing diagnostic test equipment.


The Person 


Attributes, Skills and Behaviour

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work either in a team or independently
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Display practical and methodical approach
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Has a genuine desire to learn and develop in an engineering-based role
  • Ability to comply with workplace regulations, including Health and Safety regulations


  • Good organisation skills



  • GCSE’s Grade A-C (or equivalent) in Maths, English and Science


  • A Levels in Maths, English, Science

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 19481