Valve Technician Apprentice

Location: Cowdenbeath

Contract: Full-time

Closing Date:

Apprenticeship Specification

All Valve Technician Apprentices spend the first year “off the job” at the training providers facility undertaking the SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5 and the relevant National Certificate qualification. During this period, you will learn new skills including manufacturing, use of hand tools, understanding materials, machining, and hand fitting techniques. From years 2 to 4 you will be given placements for 12 months in a general valve department on a rotational basis. In these departments you will learn the basic functions of each valve type, common failure modes, how to safely strip and inspect each valve type as well as how to assemble and test the finished valve to the correct standards. Your academic profile will extend to HNC as a minimum. Your experience will be supplemented by additional work-based training courses including but not restricted to Manual Handling, Basic Valve Knowledge, Banksman Slinger, Gantry Crane Operator and Pressure Testing. 

By the end of year 4 you will have achieved your Modern Apprenticeship. You will embark on additional training and development to include specialist experience. This allowing you to gain complex problem-solving abilities. Your MA training will be enhanced through potential courses including torque, tensioning, pressure safety valve and MJI training which is required for our offshore work scopes. MIST and survival training allow you to benefit from offshore experiences, work at other client premises or other Score worldwide locations. You will grow in confidence and ability during this phase, allowing you to qualify as an EngTech on our accredited route via IMechE. 

What skills will I Learn? 

You will be supported each step of the way in developing your skills and knowledge on a wide variety of valve technologies. As you gain experience you will increase in confidence and ability enabling you to handle more sophisticated work scopes becoming more independent in your application of our tried and tested techniques. As your ability and therefore value to the company’s operation increases, you will be given opportunities to travel if your wish, to other locations including offshore and overseas. By the end of your training period, you will be proficient in assessing the condition of a wide variety of valve technologies and equipment, carrying out repairs and refurbishments, conducting re-assembly and testing operations to industrial standards.  

Entry Requirements 

Our preferred applicants will have a minimum of: 

  • National 5 or equivalent in Mathematics and English. 
  • National 5 or equivalent in two from the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Graphical Communications, Art and Design, Craft and Design, Engineering Science or a relevant Skills for Work qualification.  
  • An applicant with a Foundation Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering will have deemed to meet all the above criteria. 

Selection Process

As part of the selection process applicants that meet the above entry requirements will be invited to undertake an aptitude test. Successful applicants will then be taken forward to the next stage of the selection process.