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Disciplines for apprentices

We offer apprenticeships in 12 different disciplines. Which disciplines we need will vary from year to year. See the list below to find the discipline you are interested in and read more about what kind of background you need and what type of work tasks you will have.

Automation technician

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Do you like challenges, are you comfortable with IT, good with your hands and creative? Then automation might be right for you!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) electrical discipline or Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical industrial discipline, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) and Upper secondary level 3 (VG3) in Automation; followed by 18 months as apprentice in a company.

Work tasks: 
The work of an automation technician consists of maintaining, troubleshooting, repairing, replacing, installing, checking and adjusting electronic, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic metering, guidance and regulation systems.

The automation technician has a particular responsibility for designing systems with consideration for health, safety and the environment. The work must be performed in accordance with statutes, regulations and rules issued by the Norwegian Directorate for Product and Electrical Safety, the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority and other public supervisory bodies.

Automation technicians must cooperate with other technical disciplines that are responsible for operation and maintenance of process and production facilities. The automation technician corrects errors, optimises and assists in designing automation systems so that they fit the user’s needs. That is why it is important that automation technicians understand and take user needs into consideration.

A good fit for those who are:
Patient, precise and orderly in their work. Tackles unexpected incidents and solves problems. The work also demands a high degree of resourcefulness.

Telecom worker

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Are you interested in new technology? Are you independent and service-minded? Then telecommunications installation might be the place for you!

Education and technical requirements:
Completed and passed:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Electrical discipline (ELELE1)
Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Computers and electronics (ELDEL2), followed by 24 months as apprentice in a company

Work tasks
Development and operation of e.g.:

  • telecom cable installations, copper, fibre and hybrid cables
  • telephone exchanges
  • alarm and security systems

Installation and operation of:

  • broadband services, digital and analogue services in public and private telecommunications networks
  • local computer networks (such as LAN, WLAN and WIFI)
  • alarm, security and control systems

A good fit for those who are:
A telecom worker should be interested in development and new technology. You must be able to take the initiative, be able to see the bigger picture and have the ability to cooperate across multiple disciplines. You should have normal colour vision, and the ability and willingness to work at great heights. You should be service-minded and be able to listen to the customer’s wishes and needs.

Electrical engineer

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Are you interested in electrical engineering and electronics? Do you enjoy detail-oriented work and are you precise? Then electrical engineering might be a good fit for you!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Electrical discipline, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Electrical energy followed by 30 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

Work tasks:
Electricians carry out work tasks in different types of live systems in small and large buildings, in industrial plants or on board rigs and vessels.

Working with electricity is very dangerous, and therefore demands accuracy and a good overview of the system. This area is highly regulated by statutes and regulations, and electricians must therefore be able to follow safety routines designed to prevent accidents. That is why training in the electrician discipline places great emphasis on knowledge of safety statutes and rules.

A good fit for those who are:
Independent, but are able to work with others. You must have good colour vision in order to use relevant codes and labelling systems. You must be accurate and enjoy working with details. 

Power supply discipline

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If you like challenges, if you are precise and independent, then the power supply discipline may be of interest!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 VG1 Electrical discipline (ELELE1), Upper secondary level 2 VG2 Electrical energy (ELE2-01), Upper secondary level 3 VG3 Power supply discipline (EOP3-02)

Power supply operators work within the sector that ensures energy supply to both the industrial, private and public sectors.

Work tasks:
Power supply operators manage key parts of the power grid and perform operations and maintenance tasks on low and high voltage systems within power generation.

Power supply operators must be able to:

  • monitor, operate and maintain energy systems
  • use instruments, data screens and signals in the energy plant control room in connection with production and distribution of electrical energy
  • follow regulations for work on electrical installations

Personal qualities:
The profession requires a high degree of accuracy and independence. Because many types of connection work are performed using a colour code system, you should have good colour vision. You must be in good physical shape and be able to work at great heights.

Industrial mechanic

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Do you like to tinker and fix things? Are you handy? If so, maybe industrial mechanic is the way to go!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical industrial production or Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Electrical discipline, which is supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Industrial technology. This is followed by 24 months as apprentice in a company.

Work tasks:
Work tasks will vary from place to place and between sectors, depending on production, machinery/equipment, work distribution and organisation form. The industrial mechanic assembles and disassembles mechanical equipment, checks, initiates and tests functionality. This includes pumps, engines, actuating cylinders, valves, pipes with pipe elements and controls.

The industrial mechanic troubleshoots, performs connection and disconnection of electrical engines and plans and performs maintenance of machines. The industrial mechanic handles machines used for milling, turning, drilling, and uses various tools such as emery belts, grinders, band saws and cold saws, and works on details according to drawings and relevant requirements. The industrial mechanic must be able to work independently, but also have the ability to see the big picture and to cooperate across disciplines.

A good fit for those who are:
Practical and enjoy physical labour. You must enjoy making and repairing things using various tools.

Chemical processing discipline

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Are you inquisitive about advanced technology and production processes? If so, you might be interested in the chemical and processing discipline!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical and industrial production, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Chemical processing disciple, followed by 24 months as apprentice in a company.

Work tasks:
The most important task of the technical operator is to monitor, control and regulate production in the company. One usually sits in a control room where everything is controlled by computers. The technical operator checks using computers and field inspections to ensure that production is going properly.

No one can see what takes place inside the systems, which is why it is so important to monitor the computer screens 24/7. The operator should also be able to perform simple maintenance tasks. Production in the process industry runs round the clock, and is based on shift work.

A good fit for those who are:
Interested in chemistry and science, and like to use computers in their work. You should have a good eye for errors and nonconformities.

Office and administration discipline

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Do you like to work with computers? Are you service-minded and do you have an orderly mind? Perhaps the office and administration discipline is right for you!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1), Service and transport, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Sales, service and security, followed by 24 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

Work tasks:
Office workers have many different jobs. Daily tasks can include reserving conference rooms, canteen services, graphics, using technical and electronic aids and assisting others in their use. Organising and participating in meetings, assembling major reports, dealing with inquiries via telephone, fax, email and personal contact.

An office worker also takes part in filing work, maintains an overview over employees and updates the department’s distribution lists. The office worker also has tasks within administrative and financial areas.

A good fit for those who are:
Interested in computers, who like dealing with people and are service-minded. You must also be very organised. Good language skills are an advantage.

Cookery discipline

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Are you creative? Do you like to work with food? Then cookery might be the right path for you!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Restaurant and food processing, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Cookery and waiting, followed by 24 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

Work tasks:
Working as a cook means a hectic, varied working day. You must have extensive and in-depth knowledge about how to handle raw materials from requisitioning to finished product. You must offer the company’s customers a wide selection of hot food, cold food, desserts and baked goods. And simultaneously exercise nutritional and financial understanding, and the ability to live up to the esthetical standards in the discipline.

Cooks must have good insight into kitchen organisation, and thorough knowledge about the functions of other departments. Overall comprehension of the company as a service institution is crucial for further development of both the trade and the sector.

A good fit for those who are:
Enjoy cooking, are flexible, can adapt quickly, have good cooperation skills, are creative and can handle stress.

Crane and lifting operations discipline

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Do you have a steady hand? Don’t mind working at heights? Apply for the crane and lifting operations discipline!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical and industrial production or Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Electrical discipline, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Industrial technology, followed by 24 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

To ensure necessary theoretical expertise, apprentices spend the first three months of their apprenticeship at crane school. This is followed by work experience offshore.

Work tasks:
Crane operation, lifting operations, rigging and maintenance of cranes. Cranes have a wide area of application in most sectors, where products that cannot be lifted manually are handled with cranes.

Crane and lifting operations are risky, and place great demands on the operators to prevent serious accidents. The crane and lifting operations discipline deals both with operating various types of cranes and rigging work on deck. Personnel often work in an independent work setting that requires good knowledge and skills in the discipline and good understanding of health, safety and the environment (HSE).

A good fit for those who are:
Enjoy varied and independent tasks. You must like working at heights, using your eyes and ears to predict possible hazards. If you are organised and accurate, and if you like physical activity, this is an exciting job

Laboratory discipline

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Are you interested in new technology? Do you like natural science? If so, the laboratory discipline may be right for you!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical industrial production, or Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Specialisation in general studies with or without industrial design, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Laboratory subjects, followed by 24 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

Work tasks:
Daily work in the laboratory consists of planning, taking samples, analysis and reporting. Planning is some of the most important work. This enables one to ensure safety, maintain good quality assurance and stay within the economic framework.

Water samples from the facility are analysed daily using various instruments. Many of the analyses are licensed analyses from the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority. Other analyses determine the quality of gas or condensate. The rest of the analyses are used to monitor the process. 

There is also some maintenance of laboratory instruments that must be done to maintain and ensure accurate results.

A good fit for those who are:
Are interested in natural sciences, like to work with advanced technological equipment, are accurate and can work independently. 

Logistics discipline

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Are you organised, accurate and like to work with computers and data? Logistics might interest you!

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Service and transport or Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical and industrial production with supplement to Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Transport and logistics, followed by 24 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

Work tasks: 
A technical logistics operator shall have an overview over the company’s total flow of materials, from purchasing to delivery. The technical operator must have knowledge about the company’s raw materials, production technology and product. A technical logistics operator must have knowledge and skills in the mechanics of materials and internal transport. You work within one of the following areas: purchasing, sales and administration, shipping, packaging or stock holding. In Equinor, we have apprentices in logistics in large working stocks.

A good fit for those who are:
Are interested in varied work, both physical work and computer work. You must be organised and accurate, and you must also be interested in driving both regular vehicles and forklifts.

Welding

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Do you have a steady hand, and are you accurate in your work? You might want to check out the welding discipline!  

Education:
Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Technical industrial production or Upper secondary level 1 (VG1) Electrical discipline, supplemented with Upper secondary level 2 (VG2) Industrial technology, followed by 24 months’ apprenticeship in a company.

Work tasks:
The work tasks will vary depending on production, machinery/equipment, work distribution and organisation form. The work consists of welding detailed pieces into larger components or structures such as buildings, bridges, ships or oil installations.

Welders perform welding work in accordance with work descriptions, procedures, drawings and standard sheets. Welders must be able to work independently and plan how to carry out work assignments.

The welding discipline is regulated by a number of certificates in various areas of expertise. Welders must possess several skills in order to perform professional welding work in different areas. You learn about materials so you can evaluate various welding methods, manual and automatic welding machines, as well as adjustment and daily maintenance of such equipment. You learn to inspect your own work, both visually and using ultrasound, penetration testing, magnetic particle testing and x-ray.

A good fit for those who are:
Quality-conscious, accurate and patient