Technical Apprenticeship – Electrical Apprentice

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Satellite Applications Catapult [100012]

Field(s) of expertise
Electronics Engineering Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

Satellite Applications Catapult has an absolutely amazing Apprenticeship opportunity starting September 2019!

Our Technical Services Group is seeking a Technical Apprentice with electrical or mechanical bias. This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody looking for a challenging and rewarding career in a hands-on engineering environment. Best of all, you would get your hands on the latest technology in the Space sector ensuring you are always at the forefront of innovation – you never know where this career can take you!

The future prospects will include working with spacecraft and launch vehicle technologies along side some of the most dynamic and exciting space companies in the world, and through this this helping to shape the future of the UK Space Programme.


Outline Roles for Apprentices

The primary function of the TSG is to learn to provide technical support to facilities, projects and labs to meet the needs of projects, both existing and future. Ability to be professional, knowledgeable and approachable to provide a good customer experience.

Electrical Apprentice

  • This apprentice role will learn to provide technical assistance to users and staff of facilities such as DISC in the operation, maintenance and support of systems which are heavily electrically or electronic biased. For example, the RF and digital lab within DISC will have a variety of antenna based systems where the apprentice will learn to maintain to ensure smooth operation.
  • In addition, the apprentice will learn to explain specifics of such systems to users may and will learn to support bespoke projects which extend beyond the conventional remit of equipment.
  • The Electrical apprentice will learn to act as the conduit between the customer and the equipment, learning to effectively provide technical care of specialist radio, electronic and digital systems.
  • Projects will range from those relating to communication systems for spacecraft, to learning to test electronics for drones and autonomous vehicles prior to operation at remote sites.
  • The role will be hands on, emphasizing on electrical, the apprentice will grow in confidence in the assembly, repair and upgrading of systems as required.
  • Overtime, use of technical software packages such as PCB inspection, circuit board design and basic CAD will be learnt.
  • Utilisation of test equipment, data loggers and bespoke electronics will be frequent, the apprentice can expect to work with some of the most disruptive technologies in existence and within companies who are literally redefining space.


  • Good communication skills, proficient writing and verbal communication, with the ability to understand directions and communicate needs in a clear and concise manner
  • Confident with the use of IT equipment preferably Windows based, including use of tablets and mobile devices
  • Familiarity with Office or equivalent packages including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Confident at using Skype and/or the communications packages
  • Proficient in using email as a communications tool
  • Polite, enthusiastic and presentable
  • Passionate about knowledge, technology and engineering
  • Familiarity with electronics and electrical systems
  • Progress to become confident at basic assembly tasks e.g. soldering, PCB assembly
  • Interested in manufacturing, electronics, software design and space related technologies
  • Curious and inclined to solve problems
  • Methodical and diligent when following procedures
  • Progress to be able to do 3d printing, basic robotics, and can program in at least one language e.g. Visual Basic, C etc

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