Advanced Apprentice Land UK Non-Destructive Examination

Location Washington

Salary We offer a competitive salary with annual increases throughout the apprenticeship and a range of employee benefits including, free higher education as well as access to the Company pension and share saving scheme


Please Note: Applicants will need to be aged 18 years+ by the start date of 09/09/2024 for health and safety reasons.


What you will be doing

BAE Systems Land UK design and manufacture a wide range of munitions products. It is essential that our products are high quality and totally conform to the customer’s requirements.

In the role of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Engineering Technician Apprentice you be involved with a range of recognised NDT methods including ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing and dye penetrant testing. Our business relies on the accuracy of Non-Destructive Testing and therefore the importance of this role cannot be overstated.

This role is wide-ranging and has both practical and theoretical elements. As part of your development to a certified Technician you may be expected to carry out actual testing under supervision as well as completing theoretical and academic study. Verification of your understanding in the various elements will be assessed by formal practical and written examination.

We will help you develop into a Non-Destructive Testing Technician that delivers safe, capable processes to specified standards.

As a NDT Engineering Technician Apprentice your main responsibilities and duties for both manufactured and bought-in products could include but not be limited to:

  • Assisting with Non-Destructive Testing related projects.
  • Preparation of NDT written instructions and procedures.
  • “Hands on”, supervised testing of munitions component parts.
  • Involvement in the development and installation of new equipment to meet the requirements of the business and the customer.
  • Assisting with awareness training and knowledge improvement in NDT.
  • Ensuring effective liaison with the other functions such as Manufacturing Engineering, Safety, Quality, Procurement and Logistics is used to successfully tackle production issues.
  • Liaison with specialist external test facilities as required for test and validation purposes.
  • Supporting improvement projects in respect of technical issues.


You will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Deliver your responsibilities efficiently and with integrity.
  • Show a positive attitude.
  • Work well within a team.
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Time management.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Develop your organisational skills.


What Qualification will you get?

Non-destructive testing engineering technician / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education


The training you will receive:

NDT Level 2 certification, in accordance with national and international standards, in the following methods:

  • Ultrasonic Testing.
  • Magnetic Particle Testing.
  • Dye Penetrant Testing.
  • The training and examination to obtain the relevant certification will be performed off site at recognised, accredited NDT training establishments.


Overview of Business Unit

BAE Systems Land UK Munitions

BAE Systems is proud to equip the British Armed Forces and international customers with a range of munition products, from small arms ammunition through to heavy artillery, tank ammunition and warheads and payloads.

Our munitions have been proven in every possible environment over many decades, with our specialist engineers continually making performance improvements. We are also winning an increasing number of export orders, following an efficiency programme that has significantly increased our competitiveness.

Supporting the armed forces with some of the most advanced munitions capabilities in the world is one of the most exciting career moves you could make. We offer several business and engineering graduate opportunities each year and are looking for people with the passion, drive and skills to give the best they can every day, to make sure our troops receive only the best. In return, we offer you a role you can be proud of, that lets you grow and develop in the UK’s leading defence, aerospace and security company.

With major facilities in Cheshire, Monmouthshire and Tyne and Wear, our Land UK Munitions business employs over 1,100 people and has a desire to grow, both in the UK and internationally. We invite you to join us and be part of a team that gives our customers a strategic edge on the battlefield by designing, manufacturing and supporting some of their most vital equipment.



You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.



Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. A career here means using your passion and ingenuity to defend national security with breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions. It’s rewarding work that truly makes a difference. And as you tackle critical projects, you’ll work alongside a supportive team – driven by a shared ambition to protect what really matters. At BAE Systems, you’ll find an extraordinary career where you can realise your true potential.


Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under represented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.


Export control/Security

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation.


Qualification requirements
5 GCSE’s Grade 9-4/A*-C, or equivalent, including Maths, English, Science or a Technical Subject

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