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Engineering Technician (Machinist) – Apprenticeship (Standard)

As an Engineering Technician Machinist Apprentice, you’ll be working with existing machinists as they carry out highly skilled and complex precision work, including the setting-up, operating, and adjusting of equipment settings.

You’ll gain valuable experience in machining components from specialist materials; using conventional and 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.

Years One and Two:
You’ll spend three days a week developing your knowledge and practical skills in areas such as milling, turning, bench fitting, business improvement, maths and science, working in an engineering environment, and undertaking engineering techniques.
– Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
– Level 2 Award for Foundation Phase Gateway Assessment

Years Three and Four:
– Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machinist
– Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering – (Development Knowledge)

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Anytime from Aug 2022 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AB183 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 4 Years
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Course details


You’ll be assessed via a combination of end-point assessment and on-programme assessment.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to achieve Level 2 English and Maths prior to completing your apprenticeship.


Upon successful completion of this course, you can advance to a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship or Higher Education and enrol on a related HNC or FdSc programme.

Facilities and resources

This programme will be taught at the Engineering Centre of Excellence, which is a specialist training and assessment facility for engineering and manufacturing students. The centre contains high-tech CAD facilities, 3D printing, electronics design and assembly, a fabrication and welding workshop, CNC and manual machining, and a bench fitting workshop.

You will have access to specialist workshops, laboratories, and high-quality CAD applications installed on industry-standard computer systems.

The Mechanical work is supported by a number of professional resources, including a machine shop, welding and sheet metal workshops, and a well-equipped science laboratory with a range of industrial testing equipment.

The Electrical, Electronic, and Digital Technology studies are supported by computer-assisted learning and virtual instrumentation in two classrooms, and a practical workshop where soldering of surface mount devices (SMD), through hole plated (THP) technologies, assembly, and circuit testing can take place.

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Starting Date : 01/08/2022
Course Code : AB183 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

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