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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 4

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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, and single and multi-axis CNC machine tools centres.

They will be expected to be able to 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.

The apprenticeship typically lasts 42-48 months but timescales may vary depending on the apprentice's occupational role and/or their prior relevant qualifications/experience and Assessment of Prior Learning and Knowledge (APL/K) opportunities.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have four GCSEs at grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science. Altermatively, they should be working at that level. 

Course Content

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 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Machining (Development Competence) 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

How will I be assessed?

The apprentice will need the following specific  specialist knowledge:

  • understand the mathematical techniques, formula and calculation involved in the machining processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers and 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

They will also need the following 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 processes 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 produce components in small or large batches
  • contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Apprentices will be expected to comply with their company's standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) dress code. Any shortfalls in safety equipment will be addressed during the first week of the course.

What can I do after this course?

Completion of this apprenticeship standard will be recognised by the relevant professional institutions as the evidence required for Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration through a professional review.

For those deemed capable and ready, there is the chance to progress to higher levels of education and training.

 

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Declan Clarke-Hancock

Declan Clarke-Hancock

Naval engineering officer’s exciting voyage began at The Roundhouse College

Taking an engineering course at Derby College Group marked the beginning of a whole new voyage of discovery for naval engineer Declan Clarke-Hancock.  
 
After leaving Littleover Community School, Declan enrolled on the full-time performing engineering operations level 2 course at The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college.  
 
Now aged 25, he is a third electro-technical officer (ETO) on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess and is seeing the world while doing an engineering job he loves.  
 
Getting to where he is now hasn’t always been plain sailing though. The Derbyshire firm where Declan took a level 3 electrical apprenticeship  closed just as he qualified. Unsure of what to do next, he was looking for a local job as an electrician when he  spotted a cadetship opportunity with Princess Cruises.  
 
After attending maritime college in Southampton, as well as training for months at sea, Declan then had to pass difficult Maritime and Coastguard Agency exams before taking up his current role.  
 
Declan started as an ETO in May 2019 and is responsible for the 110,000-ton ship’s electrical and electronics, including looking after her 35 elevators, watertight doors and lifeboats.  
 
Declan said: “Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed. Without that I wouldn’t have got where I am now so I’m very thankful. I’d like to come back to college and talk to engineering students about my experiences. I want to show them where studying engineering at the Roundhouse can lead – and  that they don’t necessarily have to stay in Derby or the East Midlands when they qualify. The right qualifications can take them anywhere.”  
 
Declan has already had many memorable travel experiences through his job. Highlights include kayaking and dog sled riding in an Alaskan glacier, watching England play football in the World Cup in St Petersburg and visiting New York.

Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed.

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