Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Level 3

Master modern machining skills and techniques

Who is it for?

Machining is a technology led part of the manufacturing industry. You will learn to programme and operate a range of computer-controlled mills and lathes. You could be producing components for Formula 1, avionics, defence, research and development projects.

You need to be aged 16 and over with preferably 4 GCSEs at grade C / 4 or higher including Maths and English.

What will I learn?

Whilst undertaking this apprenticeship you will gain a wealth of knowledge and skills undertaking a key role within your company. In addition you will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering - Machinist (Development Competence)
  • English Functional Skills Level 2 (If required)
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2 (If required)

When can I start?

Right now! Our apprenticeships team work with local employers to make apprenticeships available throughout the year. New vacancies are added to the PETA website every week and it’s really easy to apply - so why wait?

Course Overview

Core Knowledge

  • Understanding the importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
  • Understanding of general engineering/manufacturing mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations used by engineering technicians
  • Understanding the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used in the sector
  • Understanding the typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment
  • Understanding approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Understanding the importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications for the organisation if this is not adhered to
  • Understanding and interpreting relevant engineering/manufacturing data and documentation in order to complete their job role
  • Understanding the different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact.
  • Understanding why it is important for an organisation to continually review their processes and procedures

Core Skills

  • Obtaining, checking and using the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • Working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
  • Planning and, where applicable, obtaining all the resources required to undertake the work activity
  • Undertaking the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
  • Carrying out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
  • Dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
  • Completing any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
  • Restoring the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location

Core Behaviours

  • Personal responsibility resilience and ethics.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Focus on quality and problem solving.
  • Continuous personal development.

Specific Specialist Knowledge

  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculation involved in the machining processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers, material removal
  • Understand the practical and theoretical uses of the machines used, and their applications.
  • Understand the work-holding devices, cutting tools, and setting up procedures, in adequate depth to provide a sound basis for carrying out the activities, correcting faults and ensuring the work output is to the required specification

Specific Specialist Skills

  • Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce machined components
  • Determine the most efficient and effective approach to machine the component using a range of tools, machining process and techniques
  • Select and set up the correct tooling and work holding devices
  • Set and adjust the machine operating parameters to produce the work pieces to the required specification. This will involve setting feeds and speeds for roughing and finishing operations
  • Select and use a range of measuring and testing equipment to check components are to the required quality and accuracy
  • Produce complex and specialist components as a one off test and trial work piece and/or producing components in small or large batches
Additional Information

During your apprenticeship you will receive:

  • An induction to the programme to make you feel welcome and to help you understand how the apprenticeship works
  • Block or Day release training at our Training Centre to help build your knowledge and skills
  • Training in the workplace to help you learn the job role and to become a valued member of the team
  • Regular progress reviews to help with your development and to ensure you remain on track to successfully complete your apprenticeship

The vast majority of your learning will be undertaken whilst you are working. In order to successfully achieve the apprenticeship 20% of the teaching, learning and development will be undertaken through off-the-job training which takes place at our PETA Engineering Training Centre in Havant.