Engineering Surface Finishing Technician - Portsmouth Aviation Ltd

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Job Summary

Location: Portsmouth
Salary per week: £228.66
Working hours: Monday to Thursday 07.30 – 16.00, Friday 07.30 – 12.30
Applications in by: 09/09/2017
Interview Date: 13/09/2017
Job Code: EP26629

An exciting opportunity to learn about all aspects of metal finishing. You will develop your existing chemistry knowledge and skills to support the successful operation of the plating and surface finishing work, meeting industrial/military specifications.

Portsmouth Aviation has one of the largest quality approved metal treatment facilities on the south coast. A good diversity of work and a supportive team focused on delivering quality apprenticeships, this is a great opportunity to secure your part in their future.

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Duties will include:

  • Learn how metals are prepared for finishing
  • Conduct laboratory validation activities to meet quality and auditing standards 
  • Complete chemical analysis to ensure that the process will be successful
  • Learn about a range of finishing strategies to increase accuracy and productivity
  • Learn to program the new fully automated plating lines to finish parts to industrial and military specifications
  • Learn about all of the finishing processes conducted on site including Chromic Anodising, Passivation, Alochroming, Zinc Plating, Manganese Phosphating and Zinc Phosphating
  • You will also learn about the other finishing activities undertaken on site including bead blasting, metal spraying, Painting and non-destructive testing

Other information

  • This apprenticeship will be one of the new improved Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standards
  • This programme directly links to the companies succession plans
  • The company is located on the Portsmouth Industrial Estate, you will need to be able get here reliably
  • The company will support your personal and professional development
  • You will be trained, supported and monitored throughout the process
  • The company operates on an ethical basis respecting peoples beliefs

Skills required:

  • Good communications skills are required as this job entails daily contact with all personnel and Managers
  • Must have a strong awareness of health and safety considerations and able to work in both a laboratory and shop floor environment.
  • You need to be focused, self-driven and possess a ‘can do’ attitude,
  • You will need good written communication skills enabling you to complete reports requiring accurate and detailed entries. 
  • A methodical approach to problem solving and testing is required 
  • Awareness of health and safety considerations

Personal qualities

  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated. 
  • You will need good communication skills as you will develop into a role where the ability to communicate on a technical level with peers and management is a crucial skill
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • You will have a strong desire to take on responsibility and accountability

Qualifications required

  • 5 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalents) to include Math’s and English and Chemistry are essential
  • Additionally an A level in Chemistry, Btec in science (or similar) is highly desirable


  • 20 days paid holiday and 8 statutory days holiday
  • Progression within the company for the right candidate
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Staff canteen and social club
  • Overtime available

Future Prospects

  • Portsmouth Aviation have established a robust apprenticeship programme and are committed to producing a skilled and motivated workforce for the future
  • This apprenticeship is a direct component of their succession planning
  • Possible support through Higher education qualifications (including Degree)
  • Portsmouth Aviation want to develop their apprentices with a view to building an experienced and qualified workforce with progression routes within the business for the right candidates in the future

Applications in by: 09/09/2017
Interview Date: 13/09/2017
Job Code: EP26629

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