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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 16

Hours: 3.00

Start: 10/09/2018

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 941.00*

Concessions: 470.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

You need GCSEs in Maths and English at grade D or above.

Course Content

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.



How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need overalls and steel toe-capped boots.

There are no additional costs.

What can I do after this course?


Further Study

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.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Hitomi Furguson

Hitomi Furguson

Engineering is a building block for Hitomi’s future

Teenager Hitomi Ferguson is following in her father’s footsteps as she gains crucial engineering skills through Derby College.
The 18-year-old from Ilkeston is working on Derby College’s Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2 course at the Roundhouse –  having previously completed a course in engineering and technology at the Ilkeston site.
She particularly loves the hands on work of welding, and In the long term hopes to gain an apprenticeship as the building block to her future career.
Hitomi was brought up in Sweden and only came to Derbyshire at GCSE age when her dad’s Rolls-Royce engineering job brought him to the UK.

The Roundhouse is brilliant – it has everything you need. In the long term I’m hoping to get onto an apprenticeship which hopefully could lead to the start of a good career.
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