Rolls-Royce Materials Engineering Degree Apprenticeship - Derby

  • Employer Rolls-Royce
  • Job type Degree Apprenticeships
  • Salary £20,735 per year
  • Deadline 29/02/2024

  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Derby
  • Qualifications gained Degree
  • Date published 06/12/2023

Rolls-Royce develops safety critical, complex power and propulsion solutions for use in the air, at sea, and on land. We’ve designed the world’s most efficient large aero-engine, powered nuclear submarines, enabled land-speed records, and even supported NASA missions on the edge of space.

As a Materials Engineering Apprentice, you’ll work with world-class scientists and engineers to make sure the materials we use are as innovative and safe as possible. Based in our Civil Aerospace business, you’ll build on your studies developing your knowledge of different materials and their uses. All while gaining experience in failure investigation studies, research and development, process control, manufacturing support, supplier management and laboratory-related improvement activities.

We have a long history of achieving extraordinary goals at Rolls-Royce. And the ways we’re changing to become an even more innovative, competitive, and sustainable business are no less bold. Join us and you can help transform the way we power, protect, and connect people, now and in the future.

The programme

Across four years, you’ll complete a series of placements in both materials and manufacturing. You’ll support the various processes involved in designing and manufacturing a component, such as additive layer manufacturing, investment casting, welding, heat treatments, application of coatings, laser processes and chemical processing. You’ll also work on a variety of laboratory equipment, from initial microscopic component preparation through to scanning electron microscopes.

This practical experience will be supported by formal learning as you undertake a degree in a Materials or Manufacturing discipline at the University of Derby. Across it all, you’ll develop a broad overview of this area as you split your time between offices, laboratories, manufacturing sites and university, providing a mix of hands-on and theoretical experience.

What will I do?

As Materials Engineering is a broad discipline, you could be involved in failure investigation, capability acquisition, manufacturing support, materials application, specifications and data and supplier management. Depending on your placements, you could be:

  • helping our suppliers deliver products and materials within specification
  • statistically analysing and modelling material properties to help Design Engineers understand how they behave in extreme environments
  • conducting forensic failure investigations by carrying out metallurgical analysis into a product or material to understand how its performance can be improved and higher product safety can be achieved
  • mapping out various technical processes and improving them to reduce cost and enhance delivery times
  • testing materials to understand their properties.

What you’ll need

  • Five GCSEs which must include Maths and Physics at grade 6/B, English Language at Grade 5/B plus 2 others at grade 4/C in any subject.
  • 112 UCAS points (obtained or predicted) from either:
    •  3 A-levels, including Maths at grade B, plus Physics or Chemistry at grade C or above, plus one other at grade C or above, excluding General Studies.
    • An Level 3 Extended BTEC in an Engineering-related subject (including Further Maths element) at DDM.

If you have equivalent qualifications, please contact us.

Every bit as important as your academic achievements, however, are the personal qualities you bring to the role. You need to show real passion for the work you do, be confident in your abilities, and eager to build on what you know.

Beyond that, you've got to be open-minded, curious, collaborative and creative in your approach to problem-solving.

What you’ll get

  • A competitive starting salary with annual pay rises
  • Fully sponsored BEng (Hons) degree in a Materials or Manufacturing discipline
  • 33 days’ holiday per year (including bank holidays)
  • Competitive pension
  • A choice of voluntary benefits including discounts at nationwide stores, gyms, discounted health care, free digital GP, Cycle to Work scheme and more all available on our TotalReward portal
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Support from managers, leaders, mentors and other apprentices
  • Opportunities to develop beyond your day-to-day role and get involved in social activities
  • An independent, 24-hour, confidential counselling service

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 29th February 2024 by 14:00 [GMT]

At Rolls-Royce, we recruit people based on merit, and regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, race/colour/nationality/ethnic or national origins, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable legislation.

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