Apprentice - Mechanical Assembly & Installation Fitter

  • Newmarket Road, Apprenticeship, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
  • Full-time

Company Description

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies in the world delivering innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.

Since 1909, we have been valued for our integrity, performance and customer focus which we have demonstrated through our innovative solutions and ability to deliver on time and to cost. 

We specialise in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, alongside defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture.  Our capabilities include engineering design, manufacture, test and the provision of personnel, training and advice, whilst providing maintenance, integration and product support.   

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies that employs over 6,000 people with a turnover in excess of £2.7bn.

We are a respected total solutions provider for the military and commercial sectors.

Job Description

2020 marks our centenary of Marshall apprenticeships, do you want to become a part of the exciting world of engineering and help to shape its future? Have you thought about working towards a level 3 Engineering qualification that will set you on the path to becoming an Engineering Fitter? Are you bright, hardworking and up for a challenge? If the answers are yes, yes and yes then have you thought about becoming an Engineering Apprentice with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. This is a path that will give you real-world, hands-on experience of working in an aerospace engineering environment.

As an engineering apprentice you will be exposed to a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Engineering Fitter Standard, completing qualifications in:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aviation & Aerospace Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

Not only will this demonstrate competency in the role but will complement wider business strategy and enable you to support your long-term career development.

The apprenticeship involves an initial period spent in the Academy learning hand skills required for the role, and completing the level 2 qualification.  Once you have completed this initial training, you will undertake a 6-month rotation around 12 departments within Land Systems. This includes weld, manufacturing, paint and design. This will give the you a valuable opportunity to meet colleagues from around the business and to gain an understanding of the process from bids through to finished products.

After the rotations you will begin your Level 3 qualification and will be based on the shop floor with a mentor. The goal is to become fully qualified as a skilled Mechanical Assembly and Installation Fitter.

The work at Land Systems is extremely varied. It can involve prototyping, assembly and modifications through to maintenance of in service equipment. You will work as part of a varied multidisciplinary team, where you will develop invaluable skills. We pride ourselves in high quality solutions that meet or exceed the customer’s needs.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship a skilled Mechanical Assembly and Installation Fitter is expected to be able to:

  • Understand the process of building a shelter structure and be competent in assembling the sub components.
  • Integrate and install common items of equipment such as ACU’s, IT racks, desks, CT scanners, machinery, antennas etc.
  • Work on a variety of different products ranging from vehicle installations, shelter construction and refurbishments.
  • Read and interpret approved engineering data (technical drawings, test plans, technical data, repair manuals etc.)
  • Perform modifications to equipment or parts
  • Perform maintenance to equipment, including refurbishment of shelters.
  • Meet the high standards of quality

Marshall ADG has been a trading provider since 1920; Many careers have started with our apprenticeship schemes. Our Apprenticeship programme is a superb opportunity for ambitious, passionate engineers. You’ll earn whilst you learn and get support as you begin your career with us.

We will not pretend it’s an easy option - we will challenge you in every way. But, nothing worth having comes easy. If you think you’ve got what it takes then we would love you to hear from you.


  • You must have 5 GCSEs at Grade A-C / 4-9 including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent.

Additional Information

Please note this role will commence in September 2020.

To enable you to successfully complete your 4 year apprenticeship we will be sending out an equipment list before you start which will include the requirement to have your own laptop, please discuss with a staff member at your first assessment day should this present an issue.

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either a SC (Security Check), Disclosure Scotland Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.

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