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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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Tyrone Smith

Tyrone Smith

Derby College higher apprentice Tyrone promoted to plant engineer

Derby College higher apprentice Tyrone Smith is making great progress in his maintenance engineering career.
 
He was recently promoted to plant engineer with his employer, Derby-based bearings manufacturer Exalto UK, after joining the firm five years ago initially as a Maintenance Engineering apprentice.
 
 
Now aged 22, Tyrone said: “The plan after school was to to train as a plumber in the army, but for medical reasons I couldn’t join up so instead I enrolled on the full-time level 2 Plumbing at Derby College.
 
 
“While on that course we were advised to find a plumbing apprenticeship. I applied to a few places and after passing several interview stages, was taken on by Exalto UK which manufactures bearings for the pump and marine industries.
 
 
“I completed the Maintenance Operation Engineering Technician level 3 apprenticeship, attending the Roundhouse on day release.
 
 
“Derby College taught me the fundamental things I needed to know as the bearing industry is completely different to plumbing. Obviously as I spent more time in the job, my knowledge grew, but college helped me, especially at the beginning when it was all new.”
 
 
In his role as plant engineer, Tyrone is responsible for checking all work going through the workshop and liaising with the production co-ordinator to ensure that the required tooling is ready and that all machinery is working correctly. He is also involved in training Exalto’s new employees.
 
 
Tyrone is now busy studying for a foundation degree before taking a top up BEng degree in Manufacturing Engineering at the Roundhouse.
 
 
He added: “There is a lot of theory to learn on this course, and, going from a level 3 to a level 4 is not just a step up, it’s quite a jump. Fortunately, the support is always there from our tutors if and when we need it.”
 
 
Exalto UK has been working with Derby College for five years. In addition to Tyrone, it currently employs two other apprentices and, says the company, will most likely take on another apprentice in 2022.
 
 
Mike Cosgrove, business manager at Exalto UK added: “Working with Derby College to train our apprentices has enabled us to improve the skill levels within the company, allowing us to gain higher value business from many new customers.”

Derby College taught me the fundamental things I needed to know as the bearing industry is completely different to plumbing. Obviously as I spent more time in the job, my knowledge grew, but college helped me, especially at the beginning when it was all new.

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