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Early careers at AstraZeneca

Medical Device Engineer Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship programme will not be available for 2024

About the programme

This apprenticeship is developing the engineers of the future, creating ground-breaking medical devices and combination products to deliver medications to a wide range of patients.

You’ll be working within our device commercialisation and on-market technical area on a broad portfolio of products including pre-filled syringes, autoinjectors and inhalation devices.

And you’ll learn on the job from our product design and development engineers, using techniques like mechanical design, fluid dynamics, and more, to bring new products to patients and improve the design of existing products.

How does the programme work?

On this 4-year apprenticeship, you’ll have a unique opportunity to learn and work in a global company alongside science’s brightest minds and our industry’s boldest disruptors.

You’ll be studying for a Level 6 - Product Design and Development (BEng) Manufacturing Technology degree. We’ll fund your degree, and 20% of your time will be spent on your studies.

There are plenty of opportunities for future growth and experience beyond your degree. Many of our apprentices go on to enjoy full time positions both in their apprenticeship department and other business areas.

How we will support you

We are huge advocates of scientific early careers. That’s why we offer extensive opportunities to learn side-by-side with a diverse team of therapy area world leading experts at the cutting-edge of research.

On our apprenticeship programme you’ll:

  • Get involved in live projects and tasks
  • Earn a competitive salary
  • Work towards an engineering degree
  • Have the best of both worlds and a direct route into your chosen career

From day 1, you’ll be guided by expert managers, mentors and buddies. They’ll help you develop the skills you need, and push and challenge you to be your best and get the most out of your time with us.

You’ll also select your own benefits package with our flexible benefits programme. From lifestyle benefits to comprehensive health, pension, insurance and financial plans, you choose the right package for you. And if you change your mind the following year, you can adapt it. For more information, please click here.

Where you will be based

We have roles available at our Macclesfield Campus.

Essential requirements

What we're looking for:

  • Enthusiastic, curious people who are keen to learn
  • Innovative and creative thinkers
  • Team players who can also work independently
  • Skilled organisers with excellent attention to detail
  • Multi-taskers who know how to prioritise
  • Great verbal and written communicators with strong interpersonal skills
  • Proactive and rational problem solvers

Please see individual job advertisements for specific educational requirements.

Parents, Carers and Teachers

For information that may be useful to parents, carers and teachers please visit this page.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

Our mission is focused on creating an inclusive and equitable environment, where people feel they belong.
To find out more about our inclusion and diversity policy, click here.

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Our recruitment process

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Apprenticeship Application Roadmap

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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