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Faculty Apprentice Technician Mechanical

Requisition ID:  19464

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 (Mechanical) 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 mechanical engineering skills and knowledge. Your bespoke training will equip you with the capability to provide mechanical technical support across a variety of workshop and laboratory settings. 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 engineering 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) Mechanical and Electromechanical Installation Maintenance

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


2) Learn fitting and assembly skills 

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


3) Learn Inspection techniques 

  • Understand how to correctly inspect work and installations. Understand fatigue analysis methods and techniques


4) Learning Lathe and Milling operations 

  • Manual operation of lathes (eg: turning, screw cutting, trepanning)
  • Understanding how to use a lathe to machine a wide range of different materials (different metals, ceramics and plastics). Learn hand grinding of cutting tools.
  • Understanding correct cutter selection when working on different materials.
  • Manual operation of a milling machine Understanding correct cutter selection when working on different materials. Use of a boring head
  • Use of a dividing head. Learn how to alter machine head position to achieve complex angle milling
  • Given the vast range of materials to be machined, learn the skills and techniques for machining each type of metal, plastic and ceramic used
  • When fundamental engineering skills have been embedded, progress on to CNC operated milling and lathe machines using conversational programming techniques to program milling operations as required


5) Mechanical and Electromechanical Fault Finding

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


6) Learn to use AutoCad and Inventa 

  • Use drawing packages to construct complex designs and covert these to CNC programs


7) Learn Welding and Fabrication Techniques

  • Weld using a variety of equipment including Tig, Mig Oxy-Acetylene, Braising and Silver Soldering
  • Learn plastic welding techniques for welding plastics such as polypropylene and PVC Use plasma cutters for various cutting operations
  • Learn how to work with various types of sheet metal Fabricate various types of enclosures, frames and vessels


8) Learn Pipework installation

  • Learn pipework installation techniques such as bending and forming. Connect up and test various types of pipework systems (metal, plastic)


9) Successfully complete all relevant further education courses

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


10) Undertake any other relevant training 

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


11) Undertake any relevant health and safety training

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

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

Research - 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

Teaching - 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

Customer - 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

Operational - 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


Attributes, Skills and Behaviours

  • 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 
  •  Has the capability to understand and follow instructions and guidance


  • 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: 19464