CNC Machinist (Mill/Turn) - Portsmouth Aviation

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Job Summary

Location: Portsmouth PO3 5PF
Salary per week: £238.88
Working hours: Monday to Thursday 7.30 am – 4.00 pm, Friday 7.30 am – 12.30 pm
Applications in by: 12/08/2018
Interview Date: 16/08/2018
Job Code: ED29140

An Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to start or develop your career with a salaried job and free training.

This is an opportunity to learn all aspects of the CNC machining process. This will include identifying work holding methods, programming, setting and operating. You will inspect components to engineering drawings ensuring they meet quality requirements

We provide design, manufacturing and precision engineering services to a variety of sectors worldwide. Investment and innovation has seen us double our turnover in the last seven years allowing us to have an extensive CNC machining and welding/fabrication facility extending over almost 10,000 square meters on our purpose-built site

Click to learn more about Portsmouth Aviation Ltd

Duties will include:

  • Learn how to check materials to ensure that sufficient raw materials are available and correct using drawings and technical specifications
  • Follow engineering drawings and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Use the latest techniques, including applying innovative work holding arrangements utilising specialist tooling
  • Learn a range of machining strategies to increase accuracy and productivity
  • Learn how to plan how to complete turning operations, programming (or loading) data into CNC Lathes utilise driven tooling to reduce machining times
  • Learn how to plan how to complete milling operations, programming (or loading) data into CNC Mills using fixtures and vices
  • Learn to adjust a range of machining parameters to maximise machining outcomes
  • Produce products with a high degree of accuracy and finish, ensuring Portsmouth Aviation’s quality standards are achieved. 
  • You will also learn how to use conventional mechanical measuring equipment including Vernier’s, Micrometers and slips
  • You will be learning how to use specialist inspection and test equipment

Other information:

  • The company are looking to recruit the right caliber individual for this role and see personal attributes as a key part of securing the personnel they want.
  • The company is located on the Portsmouth Industrial Estate, you will need to be able to get yourself here reliably. (There is a train station nearby).

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 in years 2, 3 and 4 will be completed with your employer at your place of work.

You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 6 months of block release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) qualification.

This will include:

  • Preparing and using Manual Turning Machines
  • Preparing and using Manual Milling Machines
  • Preparing and using CNC Milling Machines
  • Preparing and using CNC Turning Machines
  • Using fitting and assembly Techniques.
  • Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings using a CAD System
  • Conducting business improvement activities
  • This will also complete the Level 2 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Technical Knowledge).
  • You will be expected to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) delivered in the workplace by your PETA assessor. You will be day released for two years to complete a Technical certificate (Level 3) as part of your advanced apprenticeship framework. This will be the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge).
  • You will also achieve Functional Skills in Maths and English at level 2 (if you have not already achieved C+ or a Grade 4+ in these disciplines).

Skills required:

  • You will have a good level of dexterity and hand skills
  • Demonstrate an interest in manufacturing mechanical components is highly desirable
  • You will have good hand to eye co-ordination
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • You need to be able to learn through instruction and experience

Personal qualities:

  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated. 
  • You will need good communication skills as you will develop into a role where the ability to communicate on a technical level with peers and management is a crucial skill
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development

Qualifications required:

  • 3 GCSE's at grade C or above (or equivalents) to include Maths and English are essential
  • Additionally a science or engineering qualification is highly desirable

Any engineering experience or qualifications will be looked upon favourably


  • 25 days paid holiday plus statutory holidays
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Staff rest room
  • Overtime available
  • Enrolment onto the company pension scheme (after qualifying period)
  • Company Wellness programme (medical checks, exercise classes, etc.)

Future Prospects:

  • Portsmouth Aviation has an established and robust apprenticeship programme that is committed to producing a skilled and motivated workforce.
  • Portsmouth Aviation want to develop their apprentices with a view to building a diverse, experienced and qualified workforce with progression routes available within the business for the right candidates.

Applications in by: 12/08/2018
Interview Date: 16/08/2018
Job Code: ED29140

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