This EAL assessment route covers the skills and knowledge that prove the competences required for a broad range of basic turning activities. It will prepare you for entry to the engineering or manufacturing sectors, creating a progression between education and employment. It will also provide a basis for the development of additional skills and occupational competences in the working environment.
You need a GCSE profile of grade D or above.
You will be required to prepare for the turning 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 are expected to produce components that combine a number of different features, such as parallel, stepped and tapered diameters, drilled, bored and reamed holes, internal and external threads, and special forms/profiles.
During, and on completion of, the turning 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 turning 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 turning activities, you will be expected to remove all cutting tools and workholding devices, and to leave the machine and work area in a safe and tidy condition.
You will be assessed on your ability to work independently. Each assignment is assessed and has pass criteria.
You are expected to complete knowledge questions related to the turning as part of the assessment.
You need overalls and steel toe-capped boots.
There are no additional costs.
You could also consider an NVQ Level 2 in Preparing and Using Milling Machines for Milling Operations.
You can advance your career in semi-skilled machining roles.
At the age of 16, Grace Draper decided to apply for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce rather than go on to do A-levels. She’s not looked back since.
She has excelled while gaining on-the-job experience with the company and during her training at Derby College, where she has achieved Distinction standards. Now she is set to take her qualifications further with a foundation degree at the College, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
Such has been Grace’s success that she was highly commended in the Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship category of our 2014 Peak Awards. Judges described her as a ‘model learner’ and praised her collaborative work on projects, where she demonstrated the team skills and personal attributes which are vital in today’s engineering industry.
An apprenticeship at Rolls- Royce is the best of both worlds. We get to work in all sorts of areas of the company, earning while we’re learning. Having completed my first two years of the apprenticeship, I’m looking forward to starting the foundation degree.