Pipefitter Apprentice - HPC

Posting Date: 02 January 2021

Location: TAUNTON, Somerset, UM, TA5 1UD

Company: Cavendish-Nuclear

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This is a fully supported role, offering an opportunity for candidates to learn and work in the field of pipe fitting operations. This will involve a hands on and classroom approach to learning for the development of the necessary skill set required to become a Certified Construction Pipefitter. This role will involve working  with different materials such as carbon, stainless and duplex steels in the development of  piping spools to tight tolerances. 

This Level 3 apprenticeship is in accordance with national standards and fully recognised by industry.   


In your role as a Pipefitter Apprentice you will: 

  • Engage with a structured learning and development plan.
  • Maintain a portal based personal learning portfolio.
  • Work towards attainment of Engineering Technician (Eng.Tech) status.
  • Comply with the relevant health, safety and environmental requirements.
  • Profile and shape pipes and components using hand held held power tools, mechanical cutting machines and associated tooling.
  • Prepare and fit piping sytems according to engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Prepare, assemble and connect piping sytems, including bolted clamps, flanges and threaded pipes.
  • Work as part of a team with pipe welders  and other associated trades.
  • Undergo specific training according to nuclear industry requirements.
  • Display values and behaviours meeting the expectations of Cavendish Nuclear Ltd.  


As part of a 36-42 month structured apprenticeship programme during your first year you will attend college on a full time basis. The delivery model may be residential or day attendance. This will be confirmed well in advance of your start date. Residential costs would be covered by the company.


You will be trained in aspects of the specific discipline and other surrounding areas such as health and safety, statutory requirements, minimising risks on site, permits-to-work, accident and first aid, and manual handling techniques. You will also undergo training in relation to working in potentially hazardous environments.


From the 2nd to the final year of your apprenticeship, you will gain further experience in the processes and techniques, although this time it will be in the setting of an engineering construction site.


 Knowledge / Understanding

  • An appreciation of general engineering, however no expert knowledge is required.


Experience required

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for developing a career in hands-on engineering environment.
  • Demonstrate the qualities of a team player


Qualifications specific to role

  • At least five GCSEs with grades 3(E) and above including Maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 English & Maths)


Company Information

We are Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock International Group and the UK’s leading nuclear services company. 

With a highly-skilled workforce we are located at offices and sites in the UK as well as internationally. 

Our people innovate to make nuclear safer, faster, at lower cost and deliver across all aspects of the nuclear energy life-cycle, from design and build, through operations and maintenance, to decommissioning, waste management and remediation. 

A career with us is hugely rewarding and exciting; one that stretches and challenges individuals to be the best they can be. When you join Cavendish Nuclear, you will have opportunities to work on projects that will have an impact on the future. 

At Cavendish Nuclear we put people first. Work with us and you’ll discover that our focus on people is unique.


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