Machining technician apprenticeship

Setting up, monitoring and correcting machines prior to production

Working in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) sector, which includes aerospace, automotive, maritime defence, nuclear and construction sectors, as a machining technician you’ll produce complex and precision machined products that are typically used in machinery, such as aeroplanes and vehicles. You’ll machine components from metal or specialist materials using centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines for example. You’ll learn to interpret information and plan activities, as well as setting up, operating, adjusting or editing the machine tool settings. All your work must be completed in a safe and efficient manner as directed by your supervisors, as you could find yourself required to work at height or work shifts. Other job titles can include centre lathe turner, precision engineer or CNC machinist.


Duration: 42 months

Relevant school subjects: DT, engineering

Entry requirements for the machining technician apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum


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