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Job Title : Electrical Engineering Apprentice and Systems Engineering Aporentice
Employer : Aircraft Research Association Limited
Location : Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7PF
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship Framework and Level : Advanced Level Apprenticeship
Sector : Electrical Engineering
Vacancy Reference - : VAC-11109
Vacancy Short Description : ARA (Aircraft Research Association Limited) are looking to recruit two apprentices in Electrical Engineering 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 opportunities in this department for the following positions:

Develop the competencies required of an electrician. Progressing from simple domestic electrical systems (covering both single and three phase) to working on ARA’s High Voltage (large scale) electrical systems – covering both maintenance of existing plant and installation of new equipment.

Experimental Aerodynamics Department
Experimental Aerodynamics (EA) covers several experimental facilities the main one being the Transonic Wind Tunnel (TWT). The EA team includes Test Engineering, Operations and Systems and has the collective responsibility to deliver successful test programmes for ARA’s global client base. The work is varied and includes civil and defence applications, fixed-wing and rotorcraft/propeller models, with the focus on the production of quality data whilst working to tight deadlines. The systems deployed during test typically need to change model position (and know where the model is located), measure overall loads on the whole model (or components), measure pressures locally (using state-of-the art pressure scanning modules) or across whole surfaces (using sophisticated techniques such as pressure-sensitive paint). Measurement systems using hot-film and laser techniques are also used.

The Systems team is responsible for the provision and implementation of systems to measure and record physical parameters from any of ARA’s test facilities and plant.
Team members are experienced in the specification, manufacture and installation of a whole range of transducers and associated signal conditioning equipment to measure parameters such as strain, pressure, temperature, velocity, acceleration and inclination to very stringent levels of accuracy.

We have the following opportunity available:


The apprentice will follow a training syllabus undertaken by ARA in conjunction with Bedford College such that upon completion, an NVQ Level 3 will be achieved in Instrumentation & Control, Electrical & Electronic Engineering or similar. In addition, day release attendance at college will be a mandatory 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.
Through a combination of NVQ theoretical study and day-to-day hands-on work, you will develop a solid understanding of the fundamentals of electronics, such as Ohm’s Law which can then be applied in practical designs to meet customer requirements. You will learn and become competent in: Fine Soldering Techniques; strain-gauge bonding; signal conditioning; transducer installation and calibrations; component specification and model instrumentation design.
Number of Positions Available : 2
Working Week : Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5pm
Salary : £13000.00 Per Year
Application Deadline Date : 25/06/2017
Possible Start Date : 01/09/2017
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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