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Machining Technician (ST1305)

Machining Technicians in the Aerospace, Automotive, Maritime Defence, Nuclear and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector are involved in producing complexed and precision machining products

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Location: Workplace
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 4
Interview Required?: Y

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Course Information for Students

Machining Technicians in the Aerospace, Automotive, Maritime Defence, Nuclear and wider Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector are involved in producing complexed and precision machining products. As a minimum, learners must be able to:

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical contribution to interpret information and plan activities
  • Safely inspect components and machinery, report issues and support continuous improvement activities.
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development

Machining Technicians must take responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake within the limits of their personal authority. They need to be able to demonstrate great interpersonal skills, in order to interact with various stakeholders, whilst being confident in their job role and the wider business strategy and development. This will enable them to support their long-term career development.


Machining can include products and systems that involve mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical and fluid power components/systems. 

In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.

The apprenticeship will approach to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of chosen machining disciplines such as, computer numerical control (CNC), advanced turning, advanced milling, precision grinding, gear cutting and electro-discharge machining. Wider underpinning topics cover health and safety, communications, materials and mathematics, as well as computer aided design (CAD) and topics enhancing technologies or sustainability. 


Within this apprenticeship, learners will work towards the EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge). 

The apprenticeship takes a hands-on approach, delivered both within the workplace and on-site. You will be taught practical skills in the purpose-built workshops, as well as theory-based sessions within the classroom. You will be supported in the workplace by an Assessor who will conduct regular progress reviews, assess your work-based portfolio, and support you in preparation for your end point assessment.

PPE must be worn at all times whilst on site. This will be provided to you at no additional cost. 

All of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their organisational requirements.


There will be an end point assessment during the final phase of the Apprenticeship where the apprentice will need to demonstrate to the employer how they have achieved full occupational  competence against, skills, knowledge and behaviours, set out in the Standard On successful completion of the End Point assessment and employer endorsement phase (final sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.

Further study opportunities include progression onto relevant higher apprenticeships at Level 4,5 or 6.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Apprenticeships are funded by an employer and/or the government. 

Course Information for Employers

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email or call 01332 387421

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2023 11:47 am