BAE Systems

Advanced Apprentice Submarines Steelwork Barrow

Job Description

What you will be doing

The role of a Steelworker includes working from planned drawings to erect product framework. You will be involved in marking out, cutting and shaping components used in the framework of a BAE Systems product. This involves fabricating various sections as well as smaller steel components.

As a Steelworker Apprentice you will be trained to use various types of tools and machinery used in the forming of steel plate. These will range from hand tools such as: scribes, dividers, hammer etc., to large presses and state of the art Computer aided burning machines. Other skills you will be taught in the steelwork environment will include, burning, welding and slinging. Steelworkers progress on to establishing datum points, levels setting key alignment of components during fabrication and construction. Accurate dimensional control is essential. You will use increasing levels of technology which includes theodolites, dumpy levels, laser levels and 3D laser projection from engineering design data”.

During your apprenticeship you will spend the first year full time at college. Here you’ll learn the basic skills of using hand tools and machinery together with the Health and Safety requirements in the workplace. You’ll also begin your Level 3 Academic studies.

In the second year you will transition to the company’s site and be based solely at our SASK facility for approximately 9 months. You will further develop your new skills and be put through a series of phase tests to gain competency of steelwork and the quality required.

You will then be placed on a team in one of our fabrication/ manufacturing areas to begin your exit role job training alongside our fully qualified tradespersons. Throughout your 2nd and 3rd years on site you will be attending Furness College on a day release basis to work towards your Level 3 engineering technician standard. As a Steelworker you will be required to read and understand design drawings. Good hand-eye coordination, and manual/ physical dexterity are also important. You will also be required to adhere to the safe and appropriate use of tools and safety equipment.


You’ll receive benefits including a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. You’ll also have access to additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and employee discounts – you may also be eligible for an annual incentive.  


Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. A career here means using your passion and ingenuity to defend national security with breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions. It’s rewarding work that truly makes a difference. And as you tackle critical projects, you’ll work alongside a supportive team – driven by a shared ambition to protect what really matters. At BAE Systems, you’ll find an extraordinary career where you can realize your true potential.  

Why BAE Systems?

This is a place where you’ll be able to make a real difference. You’ll be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity and merit, and where you’ll be empowered to fulfil your potential. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under represented within our industry, including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals.

We also want to make sure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible. If you have a disability or health condition (for example dyslexia, autism, an anxiety disorder etc.) that may affect your performance in certain assessment types, please speak to your recruiter about potential reasonable adjustments.

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