As an engineering technician, you will work in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing companies. Machinists in the advanced manufacturing engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centres. They will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used.
When using CNC equipment they will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations they will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and make adjustments to the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification.
This new Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard replaces a number of the old SASE Advanced Apprenticeship Frameworks in Engineering and at Warrington & Vale Royal College, you will be offered the following pathway: level 3 Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.
Apprenticeships allow you to learn the right skills, gain great work experience and earn a wage. As an apprentice engineering technician you will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to undertake a technical support technician role by attending tutored sessions at Warrington and Vale Royal College and gaining valuable industrial experience with your employer.
During this course you will initially learn foundation skills and knowledge in a workshop environment including preparing and using CNC machines, using lathes for turning operations, preparing and using milling machines and conducting business improvement techniques.
You will then move onto the advanced stage where you will study a level 3 technical knowledge certificate including units:- engineering maths, advanced milling techniques, advanced turning techniques, advanced CNC techniques and properties and applications of engineering materials.
You will be assigned an Apprentice Coach who will guide you through the apprenticeship programme and assist you in studying a work based learning qualification to develop your skills and knowledge in the workplace alongside you employer which can be tailored to candidate and employer requirements.
Please see below the typical qualifications you will study:
On completion of the on-programme qualifications the candidate will undertake an end point assessment to test their skills, knowledge and behaviours to achieve the apprenticeship standard and have access to professional engineering recognition.
This course is through part-time study typically in year 1 two days release and in years 2 & 3 one day release.
You could progress on to a Higher Level 4 Engineering Apprenticeship.
You will be allocated an apprenticeship progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path.
We also have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.
We are one of the top performing further education college for apprenticeships. More than 9 out of 10 of our apprentices continue in employment or receive a promotion once they have finished their apprenticeship. We also have a dedicated matching service where we match your skills to a suitable employer, and our experienced team will work with you to guide you through your apprenticeship.
Entry requirements to this apprenticeship programme are GCSE grades 9-4, or Functional Skills level 2 in English and maths. We will consider those who need to re-sit either an English or maths qualification, however, those that need to re-sit both will not meet the entry requirements for this apprenticeship programme.
If you are required to re-sit either English or maths, you will be invited to undertake an initial assessment and if deemed suitable be willing to achieve Level 2 English or maths qualification before the end of the apprenticeship programme as part of your study.