Apprentice Field Service Engineer - Instrumentation (wastewater)

United Utilities Plc

As an instrumentation field service engineer, you'll learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems.

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Annual wage

£12,500.00

Total hours per week

37 hours

Expected duration

4 years

Possible start date

06 Sep 2021

Summary

Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West.

At United Utilities we're proud to be essential every day, and our people are essential too.

Come and join us on our apprenticeship scheme and you'll be given the training and development to take that first step onto the career ladder, supported by the United Utilities family.

 What makes us different?

  • Secure your future – every apprentice is guaranteed a permanent position at the end of their scheme*
  • It's a springboard to your career – we provide you with structured training, a dedicated mentor and quality placements to help you shape your career
  • Inspire the next generation – you'll have the opportunity to represent United Utilities at key events across the region to engage with young people to bring careers in the water industry to life

A bit more about the role

As an instrumentation field service engineer, you'll learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems. Therefore ensuring our wastewater assets are available and are working correctly, helping to keep services running smoothly for our customers.

During your four year apprenticeship you'll have the chance to develop valuable engineering skills as you learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems. You will find yourself working on many different types of systems from simple level sensors to complex analytical instruments measuring critical parameters on our sites.

You'll live and breathe the water industry so it's important you're willing to learn and gain an understanding of how we provide clean water and take away wastewater for our customers.

This can be a bit of a messy job dealing with the things our customers flush down the loo so you'll need to be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Successful apprentices will achieve a Utilities Engineering Technician Standard which is endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

During your apprenticeship you'll learn:

  • How to work as part of a dedicated team focused on ensuring our plants continue to operate at maximum efficiency
  • How to work with a wide range of equipment, be able to identify any faults and carry out routine maintenance, following the company's rigorous health and safety standards
  • About scheduled maintenance activity and how to organise your workload effectively 

What we're looking for:

We're looking for someone who's keen to gain hands on experience, develop practical skills and achieve the standards needed to really succeed in your role.

You'll have a dedicated mentor and manager who'll be on hand to support you every step of the way. All that we ask from you is that you're willing to learn, know how to work as part of a team and can manage your time and workload to get things done.

You'll also need to have 5 GCSEs or equivalent grades A*-C or grades 9-4, which must include Maths, English Language and a science or technology subject.

What you'll get from us:

  • Rewarding essentials – there's lot of perks to the job, including a starting salary of £12,500 which will increase each year based on performance
  • Be the best you can be – you'll get involved in all sorts of training and fun activities with your fellow apprentices
  • An environment to be proud of – we're a responsible employer committed to developing our young talent in state of the art facilities 
  • Be part of the family – you'll have the chance to network, bond and learn from your colleagues and fellow apprentices

Additional information

During your first year, you'll spend 8 months working from Bolton Technical Training Centre during the working week (Monday – Friday). If you're from outside of the area, accommodation will be provided by United Utilities during this period, excluding weekends.

Once you've completed your apprenticeship you'll be asked to join part of a formal standby rota, which may require you to do some out of hours work. Don't worry your training will prepare you for this, but we do advise that you apply for a vacancy that's relatively easy for you to get to, as we would need you to travel to the site quickly during standby.

*As long as you meet all necessary standards and behaviour criteria throughout the programme  

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Working week

Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.

37 hour per week

Date posted

19 Feb 2021

Apprenticeship Level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Positions

1 available

Requirements and prospects

Skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Good practical skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Attention to detail

Qualifications

You'll need to have 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent), which must include maths, English Language and a science or technology subject.

Personal Qualities

  • Customer focused
  • Integrity
  • Innovative
  • Team player
  • Ambitious
  • Achieve the qualifications needed to really succeed in your role
  • Someone who's keen to gain practical experience

Future Prospects

Upon completion of your apprenticeship and meeting the behaviours required, you will progress into a permanent post that matches with the role you have trained for. Further prospects within the business depends on you, and your desire to succeed. Annual appraisals are a key driver to spot talent, which enables development opportunities and career mapping.

About the employer

At United Utilities we’re proud to be essential every day, and our people are essential too. United Utilities is a water and wastewater company, based in the North West of England. If you’ve ever made a brew or been to the loo, then we’ve probably played a part in that.

We serve seven million customers across the North West, which means we cover a lot of ground. So, whether you love the great outdoors or the hustle and bustle of city life, you’re bound to find something that’s perfect for you. Come and join us on our apprenticeship scheme and you’ll be given the training and development to take that first step onto the career ladder, supported by the United Utilities family.

Our apprentice schemes have won awards too, so you can be sure you’re starting off in the best hands for a great career. We have been named in the top 100 apprenticeship employers 2018 and scooped the Regional Macro employer of the year award at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017. Join us and be part of the flow of life.

Employer

United Utilities Plc
http://www.unitedutilities.com

Address

Fazakerley W W T W
Bridgehouse Lane
Walton
Liverpool
L10 5HA

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Training provider

As an instrumentation field service engineer, you'll learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems. Therefore ensuring our wastewater assets are available and are working correctly, helping to keep services running smoothly for our customers.

During your four year apprenticeship you'll have the chance to develop valuable engineering skills as you learn how to install, repair and maintain our process instrumentation, control and automation systems. You will find yourself working on many different types of systems from simple level sensors to complex analytical instruments measuring critical parameters on our sites.

You'll live and breathe the water industry so it's important you're willing to learn and gain an understanding of how we provide clean water and take away wastewater for our customers.

This can be a bit of a messy job dealing with the things our customers flush down the loo so you'll need to be prepared to get your hands dirty. 

Successful apprentices will achieve a Utilities Engineering Technician Standard which is endorsed by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Training framework

Utilities engineering technician

Training provider

UU Water

Application instructions

To apply visit our website and create a login ID and password. Next, upload your covering letter and CV and answer some questions about yourself - we’d love to know a bit more about you. We’ll also consider you for other roles if we think there might be a better fit for you. After you’ve submitted your application online we'll send you an email letting you know it’s arrived in our inbox. Don't worry if you don't hear from us for a couple of days after that. We get hundreds of applications each year, so it takes us a while to work through them and make sure we pick the right people for the job. Please note we are unable to accept email or postal applications

Application closing date: 07 Mar 2021

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