BAE Systems

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Job Description

As a plumber, you'll manufacture and install pipe work, whether it’s pre-fabricating finished items in a workshop, or completing pipe runs to suit the situation on board the ship. You’ll be trained to work from isometric drawings and technical information provided by the design team. You will work alongside welders, connecting piping efficiently and safely, often in difficult conditions and will learn to use equipment safely and be trained in the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace.

This is a minimum three-year apprenticeship that will train you to work on the outfitting of ships in construction.

Entry Requirements

5 subjects at National 4 including English, Maths and a science or technological subject.

You will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance.


You can expect a common basic training programme to be delivered in year one, mixing theory with practical work experience. Vocational training along with college programme in the second & third year means it’s a mixture of ‘on and the job” training’ and working on ships in construction our refit in the yards and attending a day release at college.

Qualifications Achieved

A typical apprenticeship will see you gain the following qualifications:

Year 1: SVQ Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at SCQF Level 5 (qualification and core skills units)
Year 2: Higher or National Certificate Units and SVQ at SCQF Level 7 Units
Year 3: Higher or National Certificate and relevant SVQ at SCQF Level 7
Modern Apprenticeship Certificate