BAM Nuttall, Hinkley Point C Somerset  – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Your next step towards your dream career…


When? Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week

Where? Hinkley Point C, Bridgewater, Somerset

For how long? 21 months

How much? You’ll earn £17,000 , plus you will receive all the training and support you need to become a qualified Level 3 Laboratory Technician.



You’ll join BAM Nuttall as an apprentice Laboratory Technician for a fixed period of 21 months.



Working with the BAM Ritchies Laboratory Team you will test the behaviour of construction constituents including all Earthworks materials, concrete, and aggregates. 


You’ll have the support of a mentor, a colleague whose job it is to keep an eye on your training and development in the role.


You’ll also devote about 20% of your time to working towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro, who will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your apprenticeship.


More details:

Working with the BAM Ritchies Laboratory Team you will test the behaviour of construction constituents including all Earthworks materials, concrete, and aggregates.

The results of these tests will be used to improve the performance of existing products, to eliminate faults with materials already in use, and to help with the development of new technologies.

This is a unique opportunity to develop a career within the construction sector, offering you the chance to develop skills and specialisations that are highly sought.

Within this role you will develop an understanding and knowledge of the implementation of various methods to examine construction materials. Through training and development provided you will work towards excellence in the following areas:

  • Carry out testing on site to assess material strength and flexibility under stress against specification requirements
  • Maintain high standards of work and compliance with UKAS accreditation requirements
  • Maintain equipment calibrations and notify the lab manager of any defects requiring attention
  • Proactively communicate within the team to ensure effective performance
  • To comply with laboratory and site safety procedures
  • Responsible for maintaining training records
  • Comply with the site quality system for materials testing laboratory, developing an understanding of materials reporting
  • Analyse test results and produce reports that inform project engineers and managers against agreed deadlines


Who we’re looking for:


  • An interest in construction, science & laboratory testing
  • Proactive in identifying problems & defects
  • A flair for Maths and IT and how it benefits Construction
  • Flexibility to work out of hours including night shifts and weekend working as required
  • Flexibility to travel as required
  • The role of a Materials Technician involves regularly lifting samples and equipment which can vary in weight. There may be occasions where you will need to lift up to 25kg. BAM are committed to ensuring that, where appropriate and reasonable, adjustments will be made to accommodate those who may struggle with the physical nature of the role



  • The ability to use your initiative
  • Willing to travel to various locations across the UK
  • Be willing to work outside of a pre-defined scope to help the team move through initiatives
  • Committed to self-development
  • Accurate and meticulous person
  • Creative and innovative
  • A strong team player



  • GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4 in maths, science and English



What next?

The Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3 Laboratory Technician) provides individuals with a sound knowledge base that can support them in undertaking further learning and development of their careers in material testing and related areas.

These include:

  • Technician IOM3 Professional Membership (TIMMM)
  • Engineering Technician IOM3 Professional Membership (EngTech)

This pathway also offers the participant an opportunity to work in a variety of settings, supporting a wide range of engineering projects.

The experience & qualifications gained from this apprenticeship will prove invaluable to the successful candidate.


Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you may be offered a more permanent job with BAM Nuttall. If not, your qualification will open doors elsewhere in a related field. Or you might decide to move on to a higher-level apprenticeship.