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Apprenticeships

EEL hires electrical and mechanical engineering apprentices.

Apprentices learn how to operate, repair and service our geotechnical and geophysical marine site investigation equipment.

Our equipment is hired out to clients all over the world for marine site investigations. We are involved in projects ranging from site surveys for wind farms and other renewables to civil engineering projects and hazardous site investigations. These projects cover everything from ultra-high resolution geophysical surveys to soft sediment sampling for biological, chemical and environmental investigations.

At the end of their training successful apprentices have the opportunity to become a permanent member of our team. They join our field crew, who travel regularly operating and maintaining our equipment.

Apprentices are based at our warehouse in Beccles, with one day a week at college. We are a small team, so it is essential that you have an adaptable personality and are hardworking and keen to learn.

You can see our current apprentice vacancies and apply online here.

You can also read about the experiences of some current and previous EEL apprentices below.

For further details please contact Katie Allen: katie.allen@eel.world

Toby: Apprentice Technician, Level 3 Engineering Technician, Mechatronics

Started September 2021

Before joining EEL, I was working as an electrical apprentice. However, I wanted a fresh start and a new company that offered more variation. This is exactly what I gained from joining EEL.

Since joining EEL, most of my time has been spent in the warehouse. I have been responsible for setting up and testing our various seismic systems. I have also been working on the cone penetration test (CPT) systems, which has helped improve my technical and electrical skills. As well as setting systems up and completing pre-hire maintenance checks, I have also spent a lot of time completing maintenance jobs to ensure the equipment is ready for hire.

The apprenticeship has benefited me as I now have expertise working with hydraulics, mechanical systems and electrical systems. This has helped me develop skills as an engineer in multiple disciplines. I have also been able to work on field projects and successfully completed a seismic job.

In the future, I would like to gain more experience working with compressors and on electrical construction projects. Overall, I am enjoying my time at EEL and I am keen to learn more and progress within the company.

June 2023 – Toby has now completed his apprenticeship and joined the field crew as a field technician.

James, Apprentice Technician

Started July 2022

Since starting my apprenticeship at EEL, I have gained a lot of knowledge about the industry and the equipment the company supplies. I have learnt how different seismic systems need to be set up and correctly tested before being sent out into the field, why they are used, and the basic theory behind how the data is collected and processed.

So far, the apprenticeship has benefitted me in many ways. I have started to gain new skills that I need to progress in the engineering world while spending time in the warehouse, and the qualification I am working towards at college is teaching me theory and understanding.

During the college holidays I was able to assist with a geophysical job and get some field experience.

As I complete more of my apprenticeship, I hope I get to branch out and learn more about the other equipment we have at EEL, such as the cone penetration test (CPT) systems, and have the opportunity to complete a seismic survey offshore.

Phill, Lead Offshore Geophysical and Geotechnical Technician

Started September 2019

I joined EEL in 2019 as an apprentice technician, studying mechatronics level 3. During my time at college, I was based at the warehouse in Beccles where I learnt to maintain and run our fleet of hire equipment. I also enjoyed improving my welding skills, which I still use now as a qualified mechatronics technician, now working as a geophysical and geotechnical offshore technician. I have experience working on a large variety of geotechnical and geophysical equipment and have completed jobs all around the world, including in Norway, Scotland, Taiwan, Spain and Africa.

The skills I have learnt at EEL and in the field have also helped me outside of work with my hobbies, such as repairing cars (which also saves me money). It’s not just the technical skills. Traveling alone and working abroad has taught me key life skills and how to look after myself.

The apprenticeship has allowed me to earn money while learning and gave me a gateway into an industry that otherwise would have been difficult to enter. When I was working on my level 2 certificate in welding I didn’t really enjoy just going to college, but on the apprenticeship, I got to be in work learning, which I preferred.

Overall, I have enjoyed my time at EEL. I recently got promoted to lead offshore technician and I couldn’t have made it here without the apprenticeship.