Craft Apprenticeship: Mechanical and Electrical Wind Tunnel Technician

Publish Date
08 Nov 2017
Bristol GBR
Reference Code
10382338 TW EN EXT 5
Interest Group
Apprentice - UK
Functional Area
Flight & Space Physics
Contract Type
Working Time
Full time
Work Experience
Not specified

Craft Apprenticeship: Mechanical and Electrical Wind Tunnel Technician

Airbus Filton

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

Start date: September 2018
Closing date for applications: 23rd February 2018

Joining an Airbus Apprenticeship programme could be the ideal start to your career, just as it has been for many of our Senior Managers today. Our Apprentices receive second to none training, gaining the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to make an immediate contribution when you enter the workforce.

An Airbus Craft Apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to gain qualifications with no fees, whilst acquiring new skills through vocational training, and a regular salary.

On the Mechanical and Electrical Wind Tunnel Apprenticeship at Airbus you will gain a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Aeronautical Engineering) and a NVQ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.

On completion of our 39 month programme you will become a skilled Wind Tunnel Technician with Electrical and Mechanical qualifications.

Apprentices on this programme study at City of Bristol College to achieve their qualifications, and their industry based work takes place at our Wind Tunnel facility at our Airbus site in Filton, Bristol.

Tasks & accountabilities

Your first year on this Craft Apprenticeship programme will predominantly be spent at college to achieve the Level 2 Foundation course; learning about engineering operations, and achieving a number of technical certificates and company required qualifications.

Once the foundation phase is complete, our Craft Apprentices divide their time between college and the Airbus Wind Tunnel facility to work alongside our skilled Wind Tunnel Technicians. During your industry based work at Airbus you’ll learn a range of different skills and methods including Electrical and Mechanical fitting, Machining, Hand finishing and 3D printing, to enable you to complete your level 3 vocational qualification.

Required skills

In order to be eligible for this apprenticeship candidates must have a minimum of:

  • Six GCSEs at Grade C or 4, which must include Maths, English Language and Science (either core and additional/double award, or physics).
  • We can consider other qualifications such as Engineering BTEC Level 2, Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeships as two GCSEs. Alternative qualifications must be in addition to the core GCSE subjects stated above.

Please note that you must also include a cover letter as part of your application for this programme which demonstrates your interest in aerospace and motivation to join the apprenticeship programme.


United Kingdom
Bristol & Filton
Airbus (Commercial Aircraft), Airbus (Corporate Functions)
approx. 4,000
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Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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