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Apprentice Design Eng.
Student Opportunities Aquaterra Energy Opportunity - Apprentice Design Engineer.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of professional design engineers working in the offshore oil/gas and energy transition industries. The role will encompass all aspects of mechanical engineering and will provide a challenging and rewarding career path for the successful applicant. The successful applicant will be joining a talented, responsible, and supportive team focused on delivering bespoke engineering solutions for a worldwide client base. The successful applicant will complete an industry recognised apprenticeship, provided by West Suffolk College in Bury St. Edmunds.

Reporting to:                     Senior CAD Engineer/Senior Design Engineer

Direct Reports:                 None

Apprenticeship:                Level 3 – salary will be set above the minimum apprentice wage

To apply please send your CV and covering email to KerrieGreenfield@aquaterraenergy.com


On completion of the programme the academic qualification earned will be at Level 3, equivalent to A Level or BTEC National Diploma. Additionally, core skills secured on completion of the course will include:

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, its appropriate application including 2D and 3D modelling
  • Mechanical principles, material selection and application
  • Fundamentals of engineering drawing and design
  • Mechanical annotation including geometrical tolerances, limits and fits, surface finishes
  • Engineering codes and standards
  • Common engineering principles and the application of maths and science to engineering
  • Manufacturing and/or construction methods as appropriate to the specific disciplines
  • Welding, fasteners and fabrications

Further to the completion of the apprenticeship a structured career path will be supported to allow progression to engineer/senior engineer, and to achieve professional recognition through to Chartered Engineer status with the Engineering Council of UK.


The Apprentice Design Engineer will be trained to provide expertise in CAD and Engineering Draughtsmanship. It is also anticipated that they will progress on to develop other engineering skills such as writing calculations and engineering analysis. As such, key duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Engineering drawings and 3D models, using Solidworks and AutoCAD.
  • Engineering calculations, with traditional hand calculation methods, using Mathcad Prime.
  • Engineering analysis, using Finite Element Analysis (ANSYS).
  • Engineering reports, using MS Word.


  • Work in a responsible manner.
  • Proactively engage in prescribed training (internal and external) requirements.
  • Work efficiently monitoring project schedules and be aware of delivery timeline.
  • Communicate effectively with project delivery teams, including project engineer, clients, using email, report writing or verbally.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments within the company, including Sales, Purchasing and Operations.


 The Apprentice Design Engineer will be aware Safety Critical nature of the industry which the company operates within, and as such will:

  • Be aware of relevant codes and regulations, and
  • Work to the Internal Design Process and other Internal procedures.


  • Checking work equipment condition before use
  • Reporting accidents, incidents, near misses, and other safety concerns
  • Implementing the requirements of the AEL staff handbook
  • Complying with the AEL HSW policies as outlined in the staff handbook


  • Recycling as per the local recycling arrangements
  • Complying with Environmental Policy and Procedure
  • Reporting environmental concerns and complaints
  • Reporting any Environmental issues and suggesting improvements

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