Duration: 42 – 48 months
GCSE Grade C/4 or above (or able to achieve these grades) in Maths and English
Or progression from Level 1 Study Programme or Level 2 Apprenticeship in Engineering
Machinists in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector 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. When using CNC equipment they will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations they will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and make adjustments to the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification.
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
- contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures
Apprentices will be required to attend KITS full-time for an initial period of 4-6 months to complete the Level 2 Foundation Competence element.
In addition, Apprentices will attend 1 day per week for 3 academic years to undertake the Foundation and Development Knowledge elements.
Those Apprentices who have not achieve Level 2 Maths and/or English, will also need to attend classes until this level is attained.
There is a minimum requirement of 20% off-the-job training throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship and this is achieved through attendance at the above, practical training, shadowing/mentoring and learning support/time spent during working hours completing assessments/assignments.
- Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics.
2. Work effectively in teams.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Focus on quality and problem solving.
- Continuous personal development
- Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
- Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
- Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machining
- Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
- Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking End Point Assessment
End Point Assessment:
Upon successful completion of the above Qualifications/Core Skills, Apprentices will prepare for the End Point Assessment Process which covers the following:
- Portfolio of evidence including a minimum of 3 examples of competent performance evidence (4 or 5 examples recommended)
- An Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
- Professional competence (IMechE) assessment
- Employer Endorsement
For further information, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeship website: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/engineering-technician/
Level 4 Apprenticeship
HNC / HND in Engineering Qualifications