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Mechanical Maintenance apprenticeships

As a mechanical maintenance apprentice you will learn the basics of hand tools then move onto learning the operations of various machines such as milling machines, pillar drill and lathes.

You will pick up a variety of skills including setting up rigs, maintenance and set up of  basic pipe fittings, and making crank sets and frost coils. Other tasks will include disassembling and reassembling equipment such as vacuum pumps, Ogden pumps and calorifiers.

There are numerous mechanical maintenance roles on site such as working on the steam powered heating systems, servicing, checking and hanging filters within vacuum pumps, bearing checks and heat and vibration level checks on motors.

Further experience gained during your apprenticeship will include using hydraulic lifting equipment, cranes, compressed air, heater batteries and air ventilation systems.

About you

  • 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

Qualifications gained on completion

  • L3 Diploma in Engineering

Qualifications during the Apprenticeship include:

  • Deeds of Apprenticeships 
  • A career within AWE

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From the start of my apprenticeship I found that I was gaining the experience and support that I had been looking for when I joined. The best part about my work is that there is always something new to learn and always someone willing to help and encourage me in different aspects of my trade. Each day is a new experience and I look forward to every one of them. Gabrielle - Maintenance ApprenticeGabrielle