The role of the driller involves a variety of different activities. You'll be working in workshops and on board submarines drilling holes using various types of drilling equipment, ranging from a small compressed air pistol drill to large scale industrial drills. Larger holes are bored using specialist boring bars and machinery, up to the sizes of 140mm.
What does the Apprenticeship involve?
Specialist training is provided to allow you to work on nuclear reactor bulkhead work, using state of the art equipment costing up to £100,000 designed especially for this type of work.
Drillers will also be trained in machine engineering facing, working to high tolerances to produce near perfect flat surfaces, stud welding, hole tapping up to 56mm. The burning process will be taught, which involves cutting holes in submarine steelwork using specialist Trammel burning equipment.
Five GCSEs A*-C/ 4-9 including maths, English, science/technical subject.
Overview of business unit
Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.
The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.
Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.
We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.
Security / export control
Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.
Working with us
At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.
We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.