Apprenticeship Standards Space Engineering Technician

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This apprenticeship is designed as a 48 month programme.

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Space Engineering Technicians are involved in supporting the development, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing of complex, high value space hardware and ground-based equipment.

Space Engineering Technicians are occupied in the design and production of satellites and the components and subsystems they comprise, along with production, operation and maintenance of highly specialised ground support equipment used to support development and testing of satellites before launch.

Typical duties can include:

  • Planning, preparing and carrying out inspection, fabrication or assembly of spacecraft components and subsystems
  • Operate equipment, subsystems and systems (such as analysis tools, ground support equipment and flight assemblies) in compliance with written operational procedures
  • Build and test precision components and assemblies such as electronic boards, deployment mechanisms and fuel/cooling pipework to design specifications
  • Carrying out inspection activities on equipment, components and systems (for example, use of microscopes to inspect electronics assemblies; helium leak testing of thermal-vacuum chambers, thermal cycling and optical alignment)

Mandatory requirement

English & Maths

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.


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