Engineering Apprenticeships (Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation & Design)

Dounreay is working at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental restoration.

Be part of it:

This programme provides unique and challenging opportunities. The people we train today will have the opportunity to be involved in some of the most exciting technical projects in the world and to develop skills which will be increasingly needed both at Dounreay and in other areas of industry.

Your position:

The apprenticeship is a comprehensive training programme lasting up to four years. It starts with a year of Engineering Foundation training at ETEC, North Highland College UHI, Thurso followed by up to three years of training and work experience at Dounreay and other locations, with day release for academic studies.  The programme leads to an SVQ Level 3 in an Engineering discipline and requires you to gain a Higher National Certificate in Engineering Systems.

Start Date: 3 September 2018

The training and qualifications you will gain are highly valued in modern industry; employment with DSRL on completion of the programme is dependent on Dounreay site requirements at the time and your performance.


You should:

  • Have achieved (or expect to achieve) a minimum of National 5 (Grades A-C) or Standard Grade (Credit Level) in maths, physics or engineering science and a technical subject.
  • For Electrical and Instrument Technicians there is a requirement to pass a colour vision assessment.
  • Live within daily travelling distance of Dounreay.


If you are interested in applying for a position, a completed application form along with covering letter should be returned to:

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, HR Department, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, KW14 7BJ

or by e-mail to

Application forms can be downloaded from our website (How to apply) or by calling 01847 890917 / 01847 890920.

Starting Salary: £11,788 in Year 1 rising to £17,025 in Year 4

Closing date for applications: 14 February 2018