Engineering Design Degree

Our Engineering Designers not only deliver optimum engineering performance across sites, but are also responsible for developing some of the most pioneering, globally adopted nuclear development programmes.

In Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) you’ll be trained in all aspects of design and follow an Apprenticeship route, tailored to your design discipline.

Engineering Designers need to be safety conscious and have good IT, mathematics & communication skills. You will need to have perfect colour vision and therefore must undertake a colour vision test.

What will my apprenticeship involve?

As part of your apprenticeship you will follow an apprenticeship standard.  Apprenticeship standards show what you will be doing as part of your apprenticeship and the skills required as part of that job role. For our Engineering Design Apprenticeship you will follow the Nuclear Technician Standard at Level 5. On completion of this standard, subject to performance, we will enrol you onto the Nuclear Engineer apprenticeship standard at level 6 to complete your Engineering Degree. More information about the standards and how you will be assessed at the end of your apprenticeship can be found at:

Level 5 –  

Level 6 –

For the first year of the Engineering Design Degree Apprenticeship you will spend your time at an offsite training facility which will teach you all of the key engineering skills you will require as part of your apprenticeship. You will learn about:

  • Health and safety
  • Electrical installation or Mechanical Maintenance
  • Soldering/Bench Fitting
  • Fault-finding
  • Safe use of tools
  • Milling
  • Turning
  • Engineering Drawings

Following your first year at the training facility you will then join the NNL Design team at one of our facilities and attend College on a day release basis.

What will I be involved in on a day-to-day basis?

Your working day will incorporate:

  • How to work in a safe manner: you will become familiar with industry guidelines and regulations such as LOLER, PUWER and COSHH
  • Produce drawings and designs using Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Auto-CAD and additional design & prototyping programmes
  • Maintenance of existing equipment and manufacture of new parts when required
  • Problem solving and fault-finding

What qualifications will I obtain as part of the apprenticeship?

You will receive qualifications listed as part of the Level 5 Nuclear Technician apprenticeship standard. Should you continue on to your Level 6 Nuclear Engineer apprenticeship standard you will study for a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (tailored to your chosen discipline). 

What locations is this apprenticeship available at?

We offer our Engineering Design Apprenticeship at our Warrington and Sellafield facilities.

What qualifications do I need to apply for the apprenticeship?

You’ll already have a good academic background when you apply for an apprenticeship with us. You should have attained  5 GCSE’s A-C (New Grading 9-4) including Maths & English.

You will be on track to achieve or have attained A-Levels at a C mark minimum (one of which must be Engineering) or a BTEC in Engineering at a Pass grade.

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic achievers who’ll want to be part of our mission to grow the nuclear industry. Applicants must be 18 or over.

What will I be paid as part of my apprenticeship?

We offer a competitive salary for all of our apprentices and all of our apprentices receive an annual increase for each year of their apprenticeship.