Mechanical Engineering (Machinist) Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

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About this apprenticeship

This Engineering Technician (Machinist) apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in mechanical engineering.  As a mechanical engineering apprentice you will develop your engineering skills, knowledge and practical experience by working with machine tools, centre lathes and milling machines. 

Engineering Technicians in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Maritime Defence and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work. Machinist apprentices in the advanced manufacturing engineering area will manufacture products using specialist tools and high-quality materials.  

What you will learn
  • Technical contributions to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Safe systems of working
Learning style

As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. 

An assessor will visit the you once a month at your place of work to discuss your progress. The assessor will liaise with you and your line manger to ensure that this is a convenient time.

Entry requirements

A full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. As this is an advanced apprenticeship, all applicants will require GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent), or can demonstrate through the assessment process that they will be able to achieve this. By completing a workplace audit the Apprenticeship Coordinator will be able to establish whether you are covering the right level of tasks in the workplace to support the criteria necessary for the on-site evidence.

Note - You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
11/09/18 3 years Main
What next?

Successful completion of this apprenticeship could help you progress into a range of engineering technician roles.

Additional information

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

Employer Information

Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.