Our Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship (Technical) Programme caters for those who are interested in the theoretical side of engineering - planning, scheduling, design, development and test elements of electrical engineering.
Over the 4-year programme you will be trained to become an Electrical Technician. Technicians are primarily office based but frequently work closely with aircraft, particularly when testing aircraft systems. Some technicians will plan/schedule engineering operations, ensuring an efficient manufacturing process; some design electrical parts and systems using 3D modelling software; and some are involved with testing electrical systems, analysing the test data.
Electrical Engineering, in a helicopter context, covers areas such as electrical, communication, navigation, surveillance and weapon systems.
Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas:
Electrical Design: Apprentices will learn and carry out 3D design of electrical cabling/looming to meet the aircraft airframe specifications, design how Line Replacement Units (LRUs) will fit in to the aircraft airframe as well as designing the communications and databus looming.
Continuous Improvement: Apprentices will learn and be expected to understand, evaluate and identify potential improvements within the business and look at the LEAN improvements that can be made in various departments.
Manufacturing Engineering: Apprentices will work closely with the aircraft production line, producing the electrical work instructions for the manufacture of aircraft on the build lines. Apprentices will also create work instructions for electrical modifications to be fitted or changed on the build lines.
Avionics: Apprentices will run the test schedules for the testing of aircraft LRUs, electrical systems and software on specific test beds. This ensures that all electrical and avionics systems run correctly before being fitted to the aircraft.
Electrical Manufacturing Centre: Apprentices can be involved in the planning of loom manufacture, designing the form boards to manufacture the looms, manufacture of aircraft looms and continuity testing.
Electro-magnetic Environmental Effects: Apprentices will gain an understanding and participate in the clearing of aircraft from an electro-magnetic capability perspective. They will prepare test schedules, define the testing and compile the outcomes in a report. Opportunities will be given to use specialist test equipment on the aircraft to gain results.
Customer Support and Training: Apprentices will gain knowledge of how Leonardo Helicopters supports the customer once the aircraft are in-service. This can range from carrying out amendments to electrical/avionic servicing and repair schedules for the customer, investigating customer queries and offering technical advice, to designing specific Ground Servicing Equipment to suit customer needs.
What you will do
The Apprenticeship will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a team building event at an offsite location (incorporating all Trainee starts). There will also be a Yeovil College Induction to ensure that apprenticeship requirements and expectations are fully established.
Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.
The structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows
- Year 1: Full time at Yeovil College to complete a Level 2 Vocational qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (practical/workshop based) and start a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (knowledge/classroom based) (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
- Year 2: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and starting the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (or equivalent qualification). Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to complete the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
- Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (or equivalent qualification). Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering.
- Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (or equivalent qualification). Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to complete the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering.
During years 2, 3 & 4, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad experience is gained in the required competences. Apprentices will work with skilled individuals in each work placement to learn the required skills.
Each Apprentice on this route will need to complete an End Point Assessment as defined in the Apprenticeship Standard, this will take place in the final months of the program.
What we are looking for
Leonardo values people that look to always develop throughout their career and along with an eager willingness to learn, a successful apprenticeship with Leonardo involves a drive to deliver results, sometimes from your own initiative, patience and problem solving as well as a need to comply with safety and process compliance at all times. We also view dependability to the programme and learning objectives very highly.
Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as SC) for our business.
Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
- Interest in engineering and aircraft
- Team Work
- Time Management
- Attention to detail
GCSE Maths at a minimum of a B/6 or equivalent.
4 additional GCSEs at a minimum of a C/4 (English and Science), along with an interest in hands-on engineering. These grades are non-negotiable.