Apprentice Satellite Antenna Range Engineer

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Annual wage: £12,000

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Apprenticeship duration: 2 years

Apprenticeship level: Advanced

Reference no: VAC001109505

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not-for-profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of 11 Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results.

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

We have a unique position at the Catapult; to become a fully trained Antenna Test Range Engineer; whilst being sponsored to complete an apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at Abingdon & Witney College.

Working alongside the Range Manager, you will learn how an Antenna Test Range is operated and over the duration of the course will become self-sufficient with all elements of working at a far field antenna test range.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Range Manager whilst they undertake day to day antenna range operations, data acquisition and processing, facility and equipment maintenance; this includes setting up the antenna on the antenna positioner, aligning the antenna to the transmit antenna. Ensuring the transmit antenna is working correctly, taking measurements of the receive antenna and recording measurements.
  • Assist with review and evaluation of testing requirements to ensure compatibility with existing testing facility.
  • Learning how to generate test procedures for antenna under test (AUT).


  • 28 days annual leave (3 to be saved for Christmas) with option to purchase / sell 7 days
  • Company mobile phone
  • Company pension (up to 10% contributions)
  • PRP (depending on company performance) up to 10% of annual salary
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Subsidised Shuttle Bus from Didcot Parkway
  • Subsidised bus from Oxford colleges

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent knowledge Microsoft Excel, Word
  • Willing and happy to learn to drive forklift trucks
  • Willing and happy to become a first aider & become H&S knowledgeable
  • Happy to attend courses on manual handling, lifting and scissor lifts
  • Happy working at heights

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic
  • Team working with good interpersonal skills
  • Happy to work alone or in 1-to-1 environments
  • Good writing skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good customer facing skills

Qualifications required

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* – C (or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade C or above
  • Completed a Level 2 engineering apprenticeship, or similar
  • Level 2/3 BTEC in Engineering or similar.

Future prospects

For the right candidate this role could develop into full-time permanent employment.

Things to consider

Please apply as soon as possible for this role. Should the right candidate be found prior to the closing date, then the vacancy may be closed early.

Induction Day

Any new person applying for apprenticeship roles where Abingdon and Witney College deliver the training will be required to attend an Apprenticeship Induction Day at Witney or Abingdon campus. This will consist of a series of initial assessments (required prior to an apprenticeship offer), completion of essential paperwork, the opportunity to find out more about the apprenticeship process, the training included, and a forum for your questions. As a new Apprenticeship Applicant you will only have to undergo this process once. If you would like to talk to us about the assessments or if you would need any extra support to attend the Induction Day please call us on 01235 216216.

Qualification checks

By applying for this vacancy you are giving Abingdon and Witney College permission to undertake a Learner Record Service check on your previous qualifications. Individuals who already have a Level 4 qualification are now eligible for a Level 5 or above Higher Apprenticeship only. They are not eligible for funding for an Intermediate Level, Advanced Level or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship. We make every effort to ensure that applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds or those who may not have the formal GCSE entry requirements can access apprenticeships where possible.

Training Provider

What does the apprenticeship involve?

The engineering sector is very broad ranging and is at the heart of all industry in this country. Engineers design and build the things that make our world go round. This apprenticeship focuses on providing you with the basic skills and mechanical and electrical knowledge you need to start a career in engineering. You will learn how to provide day to day support for manufacturing or other engineering processes and could become involved with systems such as quality control or testing. Working in this field requires a good head for figures and IT literacy. You’ll need good written and verbal communication skills; and you’ll have to be a team player.

Qualifications Included:

  • Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT, if required
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Performing Engineering Operations units at Level 2

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider

Abingdon & Witney College. Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Abingdon & Witney College


Edward Collett 01235 216216

Apply now

Applications close on 16 October 2016.

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