This is a 16-week evening course which offers you the opportunity to understand machine shop H&S requirements around the machining industry. You will learn practical milling skills and knowledge at Level 2 and gain a nationally recognised NVQ unit accreditation from the EAL awarding body.
This EAL assessment route covers skills and knowledge to prove the competences required for a broad range of basic milling activities. This will prepare you for entry to the engineering or manufacturing sectors, creating a progression between education and employment. It also provides a basis for the development of additional skills and occupational competences in the working environment.
You need GCSEs in Maths and English at grade D or above.
The milling operations may be carried out on horizontal, vertical or universal milling machines. You will be expected to prepare for the machining activities by obtaining all the necessary information, documentation, tools and equipment required, and to plan how you intend to carry out the required milling activities and the sequence of operations you will use.
You will be required to prepare for the milling activities by mounting, positioning and correctly setting a range of workholding devices, to mount the workpiece and cutting tools, and to set and use cutting feeds/speeds and techniques appropriate to the type of material, tooling, workpiece rigidity and operations being performed.
You will be expected to produce components that combine a number of different features, such as flat faces, parallel faces, faces square to each other, angular faces, steps, open and enclosed slots, drilled, bored and reamed holes, internal threads, and special forms/profiles.
During, and on completion of, the milling operations, you will be expected to check the quality of the workpiece, using measuring equipment appropriate to the aspects being checked and the tolerances to be achieved.
You will need to be able to recognise milling defects, to take appropriate action to remedy any faults that occur and to ensure that the finished workpiece is within the drawing requirements.
On completion of the machining activities, you will need to remove cutters and workholding devices, and to leave the milling machine and work area in a safe and tidy condition.
You will need to comply with health and safety requirements and organisational policy and procedures for the milling activities undertaken. You also need to take account of any potential difficulties or problems that may arise with the milling activities, and to seek appropriate help and advice in determining and implementing a suitable solution.
You will work under a high level of supervision, while taking responsibility for your own actions and for the quality and accuracy of the work that you carry out.
You need overalls and steel toe-capped boots.
There are no additional costs.
You could also consider the NVQ Level 2 in Preparing and Using Lathes for Turning Operations.
You can advance your career in semi-skilled machining roles.
Student welder Rosie Dales is forging ahead in the male-dominated world of fabrication thanks to Derby College. Rosie, 24, is set to take a Level 3 NVQ in Fabrication and Welding. She is also adding skills to a previous Level 2 qualification which she did not gain through an earlier provider. Rosie, who was born deaf and is a skilled lipreader, uses a hearing aid to boost what sound she can hear. She praised the teaching focus of her Derby College tutor and said her fellow students were "deaf aware", which was helpful. After working unpaid for two weeks, Rosie landed an apprenticeship with her grandfather's firm, Dales Fabrications, in Ilkeston. She found that she loved the work and the company is now funding her college training.
Rosie said: "I'm really enjoying the college work. The tutor is focussed on the students and I'm making good progress.
"I think it's going well. I'm taking small steps at a time. After I qualify I might go on to a higher qualification and see where that takes me. We'll see."