Occupational Profile

Machinists are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centres.

They will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 minimum or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.

Duration

36 – 48 months

Qualifications and Studies

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machining
End Point Assessment

When an Employer believes an apprentice is ready for this stage, the apprentice is put forward for the  end point assessment. This includes:

End Point Assessment Elements

  • Occupational Competence
  • Professional Competence (EngTech)

End Point Assessment Grading

  • Fail
  • Pass