Apprentice CNC Machine (Setter/Operator)

Solartron Metrology (Ametek)

Apprenticeship summary:

PETA Training are proud to be working with Solartron Metrology, looking to source an exceptional Machining Apprentice for their organisation.  You will be learning how to set and operate a range of manual and CNC milling, turning and  grinding equipment manufacturing components adjusting parameters to maintain the high levels of accuracy required.

Solartron Metrology are world leading sensor manufacturers specialising in the innovation, design and manufacture of precision sensors. They are part of the AMETEK Group with annual sales of approximately $5 billion and 17K colleagues in 30 countries.



  • You will learn about the different manufacturing processes on site before becoming part of the machining team
  • Your role will focus on learning how use all of the machinery in the manufacturing area
  • This will include learning how to set and operate the manual mills, lathes and grinding equipment on site.
  • You will also learn how to set and operate the CNC Mills and Sliding Head lathes
  • The role will include setting up work holding devices, selecting appropriate cutting tools and adjusting parameters to ensure parts are manufactured effective
  • You will gain an insight into the problems experienced by the production team
  • Once competent you will be able to consider and anticipate possible problems
  • Part of your future problem-solving activities will include devising machining strategies, selecting appropriate cutting tools and editing programmes to resolve issues     
Other information
  • Solartron are located in Bognor Regis, you must be able to get yourself here reliably
  • You will be expected to work flexibly as part of a highly skilled team.


  • Have good numeracy skills
  • Be able to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner, with a good standard of written and spoken English
  • Good hand skills
Personal qualities
  • Be able to work well both as part of a team and as an individual
  • Flexible and willing to work overtime if necessary
  • You will be enthusiastic, with a good work ethic, willingness to learn and ability to work on your own initiative
  • Good attention to detail
Qualifications required
  • GCSE grades C (4) or above in Maths and English


  • 25 days paid holiday and 8 statutory days holiday
  • Progression routes within the company for the right candidate
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Overtime available as and when when required by company
Future prospects
  • Solartron are looking to reward and support your development. They want you to realise your full potential, as the company see the apprenticeship programme as being a key part of their succession planning aiming to develop a skilled and knowledgeable team.
Training to be provided
  • Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s Havant training centre for off-the-job training.  The majority of skills development training will be completed with your employer at your place of work.
  • You will work towards the following qualifications:
  • You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 13 months of day release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) qualification. This will include:
  • Working safely
  • Interpreting technical information
  • Working efficiently and effectively
  • Preparing and using Manual Turning Machines
  • Preparing and using Manual Milling Machines
  • Preparing and using CNC Milling Machines
  • Preparing and using CNC Turning Machines
  • The apprenticeship duration will be 15 months overall including End Point assessment
  • You will also achieve Functional Skills in Math’s and English at level 1 (if you have not already achieved C+ or a Grade 4+ in these disciplines) 


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