Building Services Engineers are the people who create a safe, healthy and comfortable environment in which people can live, work and achieve.
Imagine yourself in the most fabulous building in the world. Now take away the lighting, heating and ventilation, the lifts and escalators, acoustics, plumbing, power supply and energy management systems, the security and safety systems. You are left in a cold, dark uninhabitable shell. Building Services Engineers really do “bring buildings to life”.
Imagine the air filtration systems you'd need in a clean computer manufacturing facility. The heating controls in a special care baby unit? The airflow systems needed to control bacteria and humidity in an operating theatre? What about security systems at an airport or in the Headquarters of MI5? Lighting the Olympic Stadium? Coping with a power cut in the dealing room of a city banker?
This is everyday work for a building services engineer.
As a Building Services Engineering degree apprentice, you will work towards a BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering. The programme includes:
- Part time day release: Apprentices attend university once a week
- Formal lectures, study guides, course notes, directed reading, class tutorials, assignments, small group projects, workshops and laboratories.
- Assessment of the academic element of this apprenticeship will consist of coursework, exams and timed assessments.
- Employer focused contextual content
- Practical engineering workshop practice and skills
As a Building Services Engineer degree apprentice, first you'll be taught the fundamental scientific principles that support mechanical and electrical building services. Following this, you’ll explore in more depth how to operate and control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. In the final year, you'll focus on sustainability: the dynamic thermal performance of buildings, energy resources, combined heat and power, wind power generation and lighting and electrical systems.
AWE set lots of design projects to simulate a working environment and you can expect to use computer modelling techniques to optimise and refine your design proposals, as well as laboratory/workshop experiments.
Following completion of your placements and subject to the business need and your career aspirations, your final role placement will be selected, and you will complete your training as a professional engineer in this area.
This role may appeal to you if you enjoy:
- Understanding how things work and improving them
- Solving problems in different ways
- Working with Control Systems (Coding Raspberry PI/Arduino, hacking consumer electronics, small audio electronic projects etc.)
- Working with Mechanical Assemblies (Car/bike/clock maintenance, restoration, and modification etc.)
- Working with Electrical Systems (Home electrical maintenance, changing sockets/light fittings, vehicle electrical systems)
- Interest in learning / improving practical applications
- Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios
Location: You will be based at Aldermaston (close to Reading)
What AWE offer:
- A starting salary of £20,000. This increases annually with second year salary being £22,500
- A market leading contributory pension scheme
- Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours per year) and excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight. This means that every other Friday you won’t be required to work!
- Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
- Access to employee discounts portal – for everyday savings on retail, hospitality and leisure
Alongside these benefits you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the top leaders in their field whilst helping us to continue to deliver national nuclear security, threat reduction and counter-terrorism solutions.
The deadline line for applications is Sunday October 29th. The earlier you apply the better chance you have of success.