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Job Title : Mechanical Craft Apprentice and Mechanical Engineering Apprentice
Employer : Aircraft Research Association Limited
Location : Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7PF
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Framework and Level : Advanced Level Apprenticeship
Sector : Mechanical Engineering
Vacancy Reference - : VAC-11108
Vacancy Short Description : ARA (Aircraft Research Association Limited) are looking to recruit four apprentices in Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Craft Apprentice and Systems Engineering Apprentice


Qualifications Required : At least 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at Grades A - C (must include Mathematics, English and Science). Additional STEM related GCSEs at Grade C or above would be highly advantageous.
Vacancy Full Description : ARA (Aircraft Research Association Limited) is a leading UK based aerodynamics research company with an international customer base and a worldwide reputation in aerospace. The company operates a world class Transonic Wind Tunnel test facility, alongside a design and manufacturing unit and an aerodynamics consultancy group. Our apprentices and all our employees are based on one site, here in Manton Lane, Bedford with the initial training undertaken full time at a local college for up to three months. After this initial training, you will transfer back to the site to learn from our experienced engineers, and work towards an NVQ Level 3. Other required qualifications, such as technical certificates, are obtained through day release at local colleges or delivered on site over the following 3-4 years.

Starting in September 2017 we are looking to recruit four Apprentices: Electrical Engineering Apprentice; Mechanical Engineering Apprentice; Mechanical Craft Apprentice and Systems Engineering Apprentice. It is a competitive selection process, we look for the best candidates but for those who are successful, the opportunity to train on the job (and be paid while you learn) is hard to match.

Engineering Services Department
Engineering Services is responsible for servicing and maintaining all plant and equipment crucial to the site. This includes the Transonic Wind Tunnel, machines used in the manufacture of high precision engineered wind tunnel models together with more general site and building maintenance. Supporting this team, we are looking to recruit apprentices in Engineering with a view to undertaking an Engineering Apprenticeship – noting there is an opportunity for both electrical and mechanical trades. Each successful candidate will follow a training syllabus to develop capabilities and skills required for the role. The training will be delivered on the job. Day release attendance at college on a weekly basis will form part of the training in support of studying towards a relevant City and Guilds Advanced Craft or BTEC National Diploma (ONC/OND and/or HNC) qualifications.

We have the following opportunity available:

Develop the competencies required of a mechanical engineer in the varied role. On any particular day, this role could involve maintenance and/or installation of domestic systems such as building heating, working on site and infrastructure activities, maintaining large scale mechanical plant e.g. pneumatic, hydraulic and cooling systems. In support, there is a need to develop such skills as manual machining (turning and milling) and welding which all form part of the training syllabus.

Design & Manufacture Department
The Design & Manufacture department (D&M) is responsible for making high quality, bespoke wind tunnel models and rigs for testing in high speed wind tunnels. These enable our global Customers to obtain aerodynamic data, including forces, loads and pressures. Each wind tunnel model is unique, designed and manufactured to extremely high tolerance standards (typically with permitted dimension deviations less than 1/10th of a human hair) and to challenging timescales (typically 3-4 months per project). The Design Engineers use CATIA as the primary software suite for 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design, and the manufacturing resources include 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC milling and lathe machines, Electro Discharge Machining (EDM), as well as conventional machines such as manual lathes, jig borers and grinders. A highly dedicated team of skilled fitters carry out final hand working and fitting of parts (typically 150-200 per model) into sub-assemblies and the main assembly, which are inspected using a state of the art Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) and a Leica Optical Tracking Scanner.

We have the following opportunity available:

The Mechanical Craft Apprentice within D&M will receive structured and supported training and gain wide ranging experience across all areas of the Manufacturing Centre, to ensure a solid manufacturing foundation is established. On completion of your Apprenticeship you will have a primary skill and at least one other secondary skill. An attention to detail and a hunger for learning a broad spectrum of manufacturing and inspection techniques is required. On completion of each model project, all team members feel a very high sense of pride in what they have achieved; the work is at the pinnacle of manufacturing within the aerospace industry.

If you are interested in either of these positions, please click apply and make sure that you complete a full application form letting us know which position you would like to be considered for and why.
Number of Positions Available : 2
Working Week : Mon- Fri 8.30am-5pm
Salary : £13000.00 Per Year
Application Deadline Date : 27/06/2017
Possible Start Date : 01/08/2017
Personal Qualities : Candidates must be enthusiastic and self-motivated to learn new skills and apply that knowledge.
Skills Required :  Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
 Accurate with a good attention to detail and ability to multi-task and prioritise.
 Computer literate; good Microsoft office skill.
 Works well as part of a team.
 Ability to think logically and solve problems.
 Flexible attitude and approach, willing to go the extra mile.
Future Prospects : To progress on to a higher level apprenticeship following the successful completion of their apprenticeship.
Training to be Provided : The qualifications you will study to achieve will depend on your chosen pathway, and include:

NVQs (work-based learning)

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
Engineering Maintenance NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
Fabrication and Welding Engineering NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
Engineering Technical Support NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Technical Certificates (classroom-based learning)

Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology Level 3 Diploma
EAL Engineering Technology Level 3 Diploma.

You will also have the opportunity to achieve the following additional qualifications:

English, maths and ICT Functional Skills
Employee Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
Other Information : Candidates must attend an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team if they meet the initial criteria as part of the recruitment process.
Things to consider : The successful candidates must satisfy security clearance requirements. This will include at least 5 years continuous UK residency.
All apprenticeships have a starting salary of circa £13k together with a good benefits package, including 26 days holidays plus Bank Holidays.
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