Materials Quality Control Apprentice

Are you coming to the end of your time at school and weighing up whether to go to university or find your way in the world of work? It’s not an easy decision, is it?

Luxfer MEL Technologies are looking for superstars of the future and have two superb opportunities to earn while you learn. This role comes with world-class training and a degree level qualification with NO fees to pay – giving you the best of both worlds!

The Company

Luxfer MEL Technologies is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of Magnesium and Zirconium based products and services to technology industries worldwide. We have approximately 300 employees across the UK & US.

Zirconium chemicals are produced at the Swinton site from a range of raw materials. Our lightweight magnesium alloys are machined or extruded to custom shapes and specifications to meet our customer requirements, and are used in high performance, safety critical aerospace, defence, healthcare, oil and gas and Formula 1.

The Role – Materials Quality Control Apprentice

As a Materials QC Apprentice, you will be working towards a BSc in Chemical Science through an apprenticeship program at Manchester Metropolitan University, which includes one day per week of online learning with occasional units at the university.

Alongside your studies, you’ll be working as part of the Materials Quality Control Team, conducting precise and accurate routine analytical testing on Incoming Raw Materials, In-Process Control samples and Final Product material, involving both the use of traditional chemistry techniques and the use of a wide variety of analytical instrumentation (for example XRF, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IC, Particle Size, Surface Area and Porosity instruments). Your duties will also include, although not be limited to:

Maintaining a high standard of laboratory operating conditions regarding equipment, validity of calibration standards, housekeeping, analytical records, etc. by adhering to established standards
Ensuring compliance with all Environmental, Health and Safety policies, laws and regulations as they apply to laboratory functions and operations
Our Requirements – Materials Quality Control Apprentice

A minimum of 104 UCAS points at A-level (grades BCC), with A levels including Chemistry and Mathematics
GCSE Mathematics and English Language (grade A*-C / 9-4) or equivalent
Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
Ability to read and understand laboratory related materials, with laboratory-based skills such as precise weighing and pipetting
Strong mathematical skills and familiarity with algebra to perform relevant analytical calculations
Professional interpersonal skills, and a team player with a committed, flexible and positive approach to work
Strong attention to detail
The Package

As a Materials Quality Control Apprentice, you will join the team based within our Swinton (Greater Manchester) office, and benefit from:

A starting salary of £12,500, to increase over time once you have completed your degree, plus bonus
A fully paid for degree level qualification
25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Company pension
Opportunity to participate in the company share option scheme
Free on-site parking
Permanent contract, working 37 hours per week within Monday to Friday
All applications for this Materials Quality Control Apprentice vacancy are to be submitted online.

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