Our Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship (Technical) Programme caters for those who are interested in the theoretical side of engineering - planning, scheduling, design, development and test elements of mechanical engineering. This scheme is predominately an office based role.
Over the 4-year programme you will be trained to become a Mechanical Technician. Some technicians will plan/schedule engineering operations, ensuring an efficient manufacturing process; some design mechanical parts and systems using 3D modelling software; and some are involved with testing mechanical systems, analysing the test data.
Mechanical Engineering, in a helicopter context, covers areas such as airframe, propulsion, fuel, hydraulics, flying controls, rotors and transmissions.
Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas:
Structural Design: Apprentices will be involved in: aircraft 3D & 2D production design work, carry out changes to production drawings, and investigation work leading to design proposals and solutions. They will also be tasked with investigating specific customer requirements and change requests to aircraft designs. Dependent on capability the apprentice may undertake some stress analysis work.
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.
Rotor & Transmission Design: Apprentices will produce 2D mechanical detailed drawings of assemblies. There are also opportunities to produce detailed models of components.
Materials Laboratory: Apprentices will undertake inspection, investigation and testing of manufactured products from a materials perspective. This will involve microscope inspections, hardness and tensile testing.
Structural Mechanical Test and Evaluation: Apprentices will be involved with the designing of test equipment, calibration of test equipment and running test boards to test aircraft components.
Manufacturing Engineering: Apprentices will work closely with the aircraft production line, producing the mechanical work instructions for the manufacture of aircraft on the build lines. Apprentices will also create work instructions for mechanical modifications to be fitted or changed on the build lines.
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 mechanical 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 Trainee team building event at an offsite location (incorporating all 2021 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.
- Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
- Interest in engineering and aircraft
- Team Work
- Time Management
- Attention to detail
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.
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.