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Precision Machining (Level 3) apprenticeships


Precision machining is the manufacturing of components on various machines. Such as  Computer Numeric Control (CNC), lathes and mills. You have the opportunity to machine a variety of materials, such as conventional metals, energetic and fissile material, plastics and graphite to a high specification.

What does a typical day look like?

During the first part of your training as a precision machining apprentice you will learn basic machining and hand fitting skills through a series of supervised machining tasks, in which you will manufacture 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:
• Centre lathes
• Vertical and horizontal milling machines
• Surface grinders
• Pillar drills
• Computer numerical controlled (CNC) lathes
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.

Comparable skills/interests:

Precision Machining may appeal to you if you enjoy:
• Understanding how mechanical assemblies work
• Problem solving activities
• Being hands on
• Applying engineering principles into real life scenarios

Fundamental skills required for the role:

  • A practical aptitude for engineering or technology
  • PC literate
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Health and safety aware
  • Effective at following instructions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods
  • Passion for your chosen profession (see comparable skills/interests)

Entry Requirements:

Preferably GCSE in Math and English at Grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Qualifications achieved during the apprenticeship:

  • NVQ – Level 3 Diploma in in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Technical certificate)
  • Level 2 English, Maths & ICT (Functional Skills) – If required
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Process Safety Awareness Certificate

Duration of apprenticeship: 3-4 Years

Starting salary:  £10,500