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During the first part of your training as a precision machining apprentice you will learn basic machining and hand fitting skills by through a series of supervised machining tasks, in which you will manufacture of a number of useful engineering tools.
You will attend a variety of lectures which will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques that you will be using. It will also give you more information about the materials, manufacturing equipment and processes that you will be following throughout your career.
Apprentices work on a variety of machines within the academy including:
In the second part of your training you will undertake a series of machining tasks. These are designed to prepare and expose you to the full spectrum of our plant and facilities and the work that you will undertake within the organisation.
Once on site, you will have the opportunity to complete more advanced machining tasks, involving more complex holding and machining work.
"When I was in school I really enjoyed hands on practical work. I had heard about apprenticeships but wasn't too sure what career path I wanted to follow. I then came across the apprenticeship for Precision Machining at AWE and I was very intrigued about what the apprenticeship had to offer, and the fact it was with a highly recognised and large diverse company made it all the more interesting. I started my apprenticeship in August 2013. Throughout my apprenticeship I have gained skills I never thought I would be able to achieve, both personally and career wise. I am grateful for the support from staff at AWE by helping my self-confidence grow considerably. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience about the company, and how the business runs. AWE has a lot of career prospects and opportunities, this has given me a lot of faith in the company and I thank AWE for giving me a great starting point in my career and a major opportunity of a long and successful career."- Chris, Precision Machining Apprentice