Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship (Mechanical)

Reaction Engines

Reaction Engines is a UK-based company formed in 1989 to design and develop the technologies needed for a new class of innovative hypersonic propulsion system – the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE). We have achieved a breakthrough in aerospace engine technology by developing ultra-lightweight heat exchangers. Developed for our high speed SABRE engines, the heat exchangers stop engine components from overheating at high flight speeds.
Culham Science Centre and Westcott Venture Park
1st year: £12,500, with yearly increases
Closing date
31 March, 2020

SABRE class engines will enable aircraft to fly over five times the speed of sound in the atmosphere and allow space launch vehicles to be built that will radically improve the affordability and responsiveness of access to space.

Our heat exchanger technology has the potential to revolutionise what can be achieved with thermal management across a range of industries, from aerospace to motorsport, industrial processes, and the energy industry.

In addition to the SABRE development programme, Reaction Engines offers a unique and extensive range of capabilities, from propulsion systems and advanced heat exchanger design and development, through to advanced manufacturing and precision machining.

We have begun partnering with aerospace suppliers to deliver a ground-based SABRE demonstrator engine. There’s never been a better time to join us on the journey.

We’re training the next generation of rocket scientists. We’re in the middle of a long-term development programme, and we know that we’ll need skill sets which are hard to find. Our schemes take outstanding young people and train them in both academic and real work environments to turn them into our next generation of designers, technicians and engineers.

We run an Advanced Level 3 Apprentice Scheme to ensure our apprentices come out at the cutting edge of engineering and science disciplines. You will be spending this time visiting different departments, learning about different areas of an engineering business; with the final part working in a chosen department.

Skills Required:

As an apprentice at Reaction Engines you will be expected to always be looking to learn and develop. Key skills to achieve this are:

  • Highly Motivated
  • Interest in STEM subjects and activities

Keen to develop knowledge in aerospace and manufacturing techniques.

Desired qualifications:

5 GCSE Grades at A* – C or Equivalent (Grade 5 or higher).

Maths and a STEM subject are essential