CNC Machining Apprentice

  • Spencer Carter Ltd
  • Falmouth, Cornwall
  • £Competitive

Be willing to complete in house training on CNC lathes, manual turning, computer programming, machining.

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
  • Hours
    39.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    51 months

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Machining technician (ST1305)
  • Employer
    Spencer Carter Ltd


  • The apprentice will learn to set and operate CNC lathes and to understand in-house drawings produced by Spencer Carter.
  • The candidate will report to workshop foreman.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Truro and Penwith College on 01872 305500 (Ref ID: 246520)

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  • Understanding of engineering drawings

  • Communication

  • mathematical sense and problem solving

  • GCSE Maths and English Level 4 (C) or above


· Awareness of health and safety regulations, relevance to the occupation and the Machinist's responsibilities. Health and Safety at Work Act; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH); Working in Confined Spaces; Lone Working; Provision of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER); Electrical Safety and Compliance; Noise Regulation; Slips Trips and Falls; Display Screen Equipment; The Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), Manual Handling, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), risk assessments and method statements and the implications of not adhering to guidelines and procedures.

· Awareness of hazardous waste regulations; Recyclable materials and waste disposal procedures and the implications of not complying with regulations and procedures.

· Awareness of environment and sustainability regulations, relevance to the occupation and the Machining Technician's responsibilities. Environmental Protection Act; Sustainability; Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE); Energy monitoring; Data logging to optimise energy performance; The Climate Change Agreements; Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).

· Engineering representations, drawings, graphical information and specifications.

· Engineering mathematical and scientific principles: calculations, conversions.

· Planning techniques, time management, workflow, work scheduling, work plans, documents and work categorisation systems.

· Engineering materials and their structure, properties and characteristics; impact on use, how and why engineering materials can fail.

· Awareness of engineering standards and regulations: British Standards (BS); International Organisation for Standardisation standards (ISO); European Norm (EN); Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

· Tooling and work-holding devices: purpose and operation of devices for carrying out complex machining tasks.

· Engineering machining processes tools and equipment: Milling; Turning; Grinding; Electro Discharge Machine (EDM); Gear Cutting.

· Machining operations and techniques to produce complex components.

· Quality assurance: principles, practices and record keeping.

· Fault finding, diagnostic methods and techniques for identifying engineering and manufacturing problems. Escalation techniques.

· Use and application of measurement, calibration and testing equipment.

· Communication techniques: verbal. Machining industry terminology.

· Documentation - electronic and paper.

· Housekeeping and maintenance practices and techniques: planned, preventative and predictive methods, frequency, and reactive activities.

· How organisations vary regarding their work, culture, values and production processes in the Machining industry.

· Inspection processes and procedures; documentation and escalation.

· Technological development and innovation in the machining sector; Industry 4.0; digitalisation.

· Continuous improvement principles and practices: Lean; Six Sigma; Kaizen.

· Equality, diversity, and inclusion requirements in the workplace.

· Stock and services considerations. Availability, stock lead times. Correct handling. Stock value. Faulty stock and returns process.


· Comply with statutory health and safety regulations and procedures.

· Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures: safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials and efficient use of resources.

· Prepare and set up conventional or CNC machines.

· Operate and adjust conventional or CNC machines.

· Apply risk assessment and hazard identification processes and procedures in the work area.

· Monitor, obtain and check stock and supplies, and complete stock returns.

· Record information - paper based or electronic. For example, energy usage, job sheets, risk assessments, equipment service records, test results, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, asset management records, work sheets, checklists, waste environmental records and any legal reporting requirements.

· Read and interpret information. For example, data and documentation used to produce machined components.

· Apply engineering, mathematical and scientific principles.

· Plan and organise own work and resources.

· Follow and apply inspection, quality assurance procedures and processes.

· Select machining process.

· Select and setup tooling and work holding devices.

· Set and adjust machine operating parameters. For example, setting feeds and speeds for roughing and finishing operations, downloading and editing programmes when using a CNC machine tool.

· Apply machining operations and techniques to produce complex components with features. For example, parallel; stepped; angular diameters and faces; grooves; slots; recesses and undercuts; radii and chamfers; internal and external forms and profiles; reamed; bored; drilled and electro eroded holes; internal and external screw threads.

· Measure and check components.

· Select and check condition of tools and equipment. Identify issues, resolve and take action as needed.

· Identify and action issues in the manufacturing process.

· Apply fault-finding and diagnostic testing procedures to identify faults. Diagnose and resolve issues. Escalate issues.

· Maintain the work area and return any resources and consumables.

· Communicate with others verbally. For example, colleagues and stakeholders.

· Follow machine shut down, safe isolation, handover, start up or warm up procedures. Escalate issues.

· Apply continuous improvement techniques. Devise suggestions for improvement.

· Apply ethical principles.

· Apply team working principles.


· Prioritise health and safety.

· Act ethically.

· Take responsibility for work.

· Team-focus to meet work goals, for example, work effectively with others, resolves issues in discussion with others.

· Committed to continued professional development (CPD) to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice.

· Support an equality, diverse and inclusive culture.

  • An interest in engineering
  • Reliable timekeeping
  • Team player
  • Ability to use own initiative

  • On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is a possibility of a future job role.

  • Hourly Wage: dependent on age/ experience - reviewed every 2-3 months
  • Working Days: Mon - Fri
  • Working Times: 7:30 to 4:30 (12:30 Friday)
  • No shiftwork or weekends

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