Job details

Technician Apprentice
Romsey (with travel expected)

Job reference: 000594

Location: Romsey (with travel expected)

Closing date: 30/04/2021

Department: Defence

Roke is a world-class technology and engineering consultancy. Roke delivers advanced research, development services and products to high profile customers who come to Roke with varied and challenging problems to solve.  

This opportunity will provide you with a fantastic start to your career. You will gain highly valued skills, benefit from excellent training and work on cutting-edge projects, all within a successful and dynamic company. Even better, as this is an Apprenticeship, you’ll be able to benefit from all of this without the cost of attending university as your studies will be funded through our apprenticeship levy.

What will your role look like?

Whilst you’re on the apprenticeship, you will study a suitable level electronics engineering course, to progress your learning and development.   This is a highly specialised subject area which is continually evolving and is in high demand in today’s technology-driven industries. Outside of studying, you’ll have a unique opportunity to apply your new knowledge and gain invaluable experience working on new technologies alongside some of the UKs brightest minds. 
You will attend college / university one day a week and the other 4 days, you will be on site applying what you’ve learnt, straight into practice.

The technician will carry out production related activities including the assembly and testing activity of Roke products (electronically and mechanically), ensuring that product performance and safety standards are met. This includes, but is not limited to:

•    Electronic testing of PCBs and assemblies
•    Mechanical Assembly of Roke products
•    Radio Frequency Testing
•    Commissioning and final acceptance of full systems, before delivery to the customer
•    Hand placement of surface mount technologies
•    Cable forming and prototyping
•    Modification and repair of PCBs

Role Responsibilities:

•    Responsible for ensuring that all products are tested and recorded in accordance with latest ATP and Test Instructions, before being cleared for despatch.
•    Recording and collating test data, so that future analysis can be carried out. 
•    Cooperate in raising/improving appropriate internal documents including but not limited to Concessions, Test Reports and Work Instructions.
•    Fault find and repair non-conforming products.
•    Work to IPC standards or higher
•    Work with the Manufacturing Lead on overall site and process improvements and assist in promoting improvements to both the products and systems with consideration given to environmental factors.
•    Undertake such other reasonable duties, commensurate with the job holder’s experience and qualifications, as may be required for the smooth operation of the business 
•    Always fully comply with Roke’s policies and procedures

Health, Safety and Environment

Your Health and Safety responsibilities are to:

•    take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of any person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work;
•    act in accordance with Company Health and Safety policies and procedures, carrying out any work in accordance with any training, using any equipment in a safe and appropriate manner, informing your Line Manager of any health and safety problems and immediately stopping any unsafe activity until adequate measure have been taken to remove the risk or reduce it to as low as possible. 
•    Report any potential hazards or impacts to the environment and adhere to the HS&E procedures and in addition warn others if they identify potential hazards, either physical or behavioural.

All employees are responsible for ensuring that they conduct their activities and those activities over which they have control, in accordance with Roke’s health, safety and environmental policies and relevant statutory provisions. They must co-operate with their line manager so that health, safety and environmental responsibilities can be discharged.

What do we except from you?

Education and Qualifications

•    A minimum of 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
•    3 A Levels or equivalent, two of which should be in STEM subject
•    Equivalent relevant work experience or technical apprenticeship in engineering or a relevant subject

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

•    Basic understanding of electronic principles
•    Previous work experience within electromechanical assembly
•    Experience in troubleshooting issues on non-confirming product
•    A working knowledge of RF testing would be advantageous
•    A demonstrable passion for technology and problem solving

Personal Attributes, Values and Competencies    

•    Attention to detail 
•    Ability to follow process 
•    Ability to work to tight deadlines 
•    Self-motivated 
•    Working under microscopes 
•    Able to interpret engineering documentation and communicate effectively with the engineering community
•    A drive to improve product, process and efficiency 

Where will you be based?

Your work will typically be located at Roke's sites in either Romsey or Gloucester, with some travel to customer sites and the possibility for you to work on secondment with one of our prestigious customers.

The benefits of working for us include:
•    A highly competitive salary, pension and flexible benefits.
•    A substantial performance related bonus scheme.
•    25 days annual leave, which can be supplemented up to a further 8 days by Roke’s flexi-leave scheme.
•    A generous relocation allowance to help you settle into the local area and your new role.
•    Onsite tennis courts, gym (Romsey only) including showers & changing facilities, and fishing rights on the River Test.
•    Numerous company events throughout the year, including a summer music festival, bonfire night fireworks and Christmas party.
•    Employee led clubs covering numerous sports (including football, climbing, sailing, etc.), cyber security, data science, robotics, gaming, and more.

Diversity and Inclusion

Roke relies on strength that comes from the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our staff. We all have a responsibility to create an environment where we have the freedom, support and trust to succeed– where we are encouraged to bring our whole self to work. Diversity and Inclusion makes life at Roke enjoyable, as you find yourself integrated in teams made up of a variety of people with ranging backgrounds and experiences. This enables you to interact and connect with individuals, and gather differing perspectives and knowledge that broadens your horizons as a graduate.


Due to the nature of this position, we require you to be eligible to achieve SC clearance. As a result, you should be a British Citizen and have resided in the UK for the last 5 years.
We are committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion. Our working environment is friendly, creative and inclusive. We can accommodate flexible working arrangements, and support a diverse work-force and those with additional needs.
Your work will typically be located at Roke's sites in either Romsey or Gloucester, with some travel to customer sites and the possibility for you to work on secondment with one of our prestigious customers.