Test House Engineering Apprentice (L2)

Employer: Southdown Materials Testing Ltd

Apprenticeship level: Intermediate

Apprenticeship duration: 12 months

Possible start date: 7th May 2018

Working week: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm, 40 hours per week

As Test House Engineering Apprentice at Southdown Material Testing Limited, you will assist the lead testing technician in the preparation of test pieces.


  • Cutting supplied steel into test samples
  • Following international standard guidelines
  • Shadowing and covering experienced colleagues in the test house
  • General housekeeping
  • Learning the various procedures and tests with a view to progressing into these roles.

Desired skills:

  • Some engineering experience would be desirable.
  • A desire for a career in engineering is essential.

Personal qualities:

  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical mind-set
  • Not scared to ask questions

Qualifications required:

  • GCSE grade D or above in English and Maths (or equivalent)

Training provider:

Performing Engineering Operations Apprenticeship.

Full training will be provided on an ongoing daily basis and when required. You will be required to attend college premises 1 day a week working towards a PEO qualification. An assessor will be allocated to you to progress/help you through you course. Continual assessment for NVQ’s coupled with assignments/or exams depending on course of study. Time spent training will be part of the agreed contracted hours of the working week.

Additional training will consist of:

  • Induction
  • Introduction to international technical standards
  • Training on the niche equipment used by a material tester
  • Apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship framework: Improving Operational Performance