Test Rig Build Technician - Engineering Apprenticeship

£11,000 per annum, plus bonus and training

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, with training delivered in Berkeley, Gloucestershire


Dyson is forever innovating and developing new and exciting products. Working as part of the Test Rig Design & Build Team within Research, Design and Development, you will play an integral part in ensuring our new technologies and products are robust enough to deal with real world environments and customer use whilst maintaining performance requirements.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology).

Function Overview

Ambition, inventiveness, tenacity, courage. Some of the traits we look for can’t be learnt in a university lecture hall. If you’ve got them, we don’t need to wait for a degree. Dyson’s Early Talent programmes are for people ready for the real world. Earning while you learn, free of student debt, doing real work not theoretical exercises, you’ll achieve industry-recognized qualifications and priceless work experience. As an engineering apprentice, you’ll work in our test team, supporting over 1,000 Dyson engineers turning ideas into ground-breaking technology. You’ll help build test rigs that lead to better, more cost-effective products. And further down the line, you’ll be given more responsibility to help us invent the technology of the future.


Working as part of a team of Test Rig Build Technicians, you will learn, and be expected to be capable of completing the following responsibilities on completion of your apprenticeship:
  • Rig building in a timely, professional manner, to the highest quality standards, adhering to required processes & procedures, including: Health and safety (H&S) implementation and enforcement, risk assessment management, facility maintenance, test rig construction, test rig commissioning, PAT testing and issue reporting & resolution.
  • Harness wiring, prototype wiring, panel wiring, cable assembly, soldering and electro/mechanical assembly.
  • Assisting with selection, installation, configuration, maintenance, repair and modification of test equipment components as required.
  • Maintain team documentation to ensure accurate status reporting.

The Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship training will be delivered by our trusted training provider, SGS College, at their Berkley Campus in Gloucestershire. You will work towards achieving an EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as part of the Engineering Technician – 11. Product Design and Development Technician Standard.

The apprenticeship will take four years to complete, starting in October 2017. You will attend the SGS College campus in Berkeley, full time for the first year (during SGS College term times). During the second and third year, you will attend training at the college one day a week during term time and will work at Dyson full time otherwise. The fourth year will entirely be delivered onsite at Dyson with visits from an SGS assessor.

During the first year, you will study a variety of modules, including but not limited to:

  • Using and communication technical information
  • Wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits
  • Maintaining and testing process instrumentation and control devices
  • Producing electrical or electronic engineering drawings using a CAD system
  • Assembling, wiring and Testing Electrical Panels/Components mounted in enclosure


We assess each application on its merits, but typically we ask for a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics and Science. Ideally you will also have completed 2 A Levels or a BTEC (or equivalent) by October 2017, ideally in Engineering or a science-related subject. 

We're looking for people who demonstrate the drive, enthusiasm, self-motivation, teamwork skills and initiative to become a skilled technician at Dyson. You’ll need to have high attention to detail, be thorough and logical in your approach, and be able to work conscientiously without direct supervision. Good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to keep accurate and detailed records is a must.

We want to see your commitment to a career in engineering and a demonstrable interest in engineering. You’re not here on a whim. We’re looking for inventive souls who instinctively solve problems and make things work better.

As part of the assessment process, successful candidates will be required to attend an assessment day at Dyson in Malmesbury during September (date TBC) and be ready to start the apprenticeship in the first week of October.

Benefits Overview

All tuition fees will be paid and you will be provided with a Dyson laptop for work and apprenticeship-related study. You will be a full time, permanent Dyson employee with a competitive salary and have the opportunity to get involved in wider Dyson events, such as the Christmas and summer parties.

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career.

Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

During the application process, your CV may be shared with our trusted training provider in order to confirm your eligibility for the apprenticeship. For more information on how we use you your personal information, please visit the Dyson Privacy Policy.

Posted: 1-Sep-2017

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