Apprentice CNC Setter/Operator/Programmer Portchester Engineering Co

This is an exciting opportunity in a dynamic working environment learning how to program, set and operate a range of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery. You will learn how programme using both dedicated conversational and 3D CAM programming

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Closing date: 23 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Mon-Thu 7.30am – 4.30pm / Fri 7.30am – 1.30pm

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • Learn to use set and operate multi axis Mazalc mill / turn centres
  • Learn about a range of machining strategies to increase accuracy and productivity
  • Use dedicated Mazatrol conversational programming language
  • Create and manipulate 3D models to programme CNC machined parts using Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software
  • Program a range of multi-axis machines
  • Program combination Mill/Turning machinery
  • Learn to set a range of cutting tools including unique modified cutters
  • Learn to self-inspect complex parts using mechanical inspection equipment

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You will have a good level of dexterity
  • An interest in contributing towards manufacturing mechanical assemblies is desirable
  • You will have good hand to eye co-ordination and hand skills
  • Your logical approach to problem solving will enable you to perform to make a good contribution to all aspects of the job
  • You need to be able to learn through instruction and experience

Personal qualities

  • Your motivation and drive are the assets that will be best appreciated. 
  • You will need good communication skills, as you will develop into a role where the ability to communicate on a technical level with peers and management is crucial
  • You will need to be open minded and willing to develop your knowledge and skills to support your future development

Qualifications required

  • 3 GCSE's at grade C (4) or above (or equivalents) including maths, science and ITC are essential. Additionally GCSE English at grade C (4) or above is desirable
  • Additionally a science or engineering qualification are highly desirable
  • Any CAD/CAM experience/qualifications will be looked upon favorably

Future prospects

• Portchester Engineering have an established robust apprenticeship programme that has produced a skilled and motivated workforce, they are committed to continuing this programme to secure their long-term success. • The company want to develop their apprentices with a view to building an experienced and qualified workforce with development routes within the business for the right candidates in the future

Things to consider

Benefits • 20 days paid holiday and 8 statutory bank holidays • Progression routes within the company for the right candidate • Free on-site car parking • Overtime available subject to requirements Other information • This apprenticeship will be one of the new improved Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Standards • The company is located in Portchester, you will need to be able get there reliably • The company will support your personal and professional development • You will be trained, supported and monitored throughout the process • The company operates on an ethical basis respecting peoples beliefs

About the employer

Portchester have an enthusiastic engineering team using a range of modern CNC Milling /Turning machines. They have interesting and diverse work base combined with a supportive team focused on delivering quality apprenticeships, this is a great opportunity


Portchester Engineering Co


19 Windmill Grove


PO16 9HP

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Training provider

Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship you will be required to attend PETA’s training centres for off-the-job training.  The majority of development training will be completed with your employer at your place of work.

You will be employed whilst you are completing your apprenticeship this will include 18 months of day release training at PETA Ltd where you will complete your Level 2 Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) qualification. This will include:

  • Preparing and using lathes for turning operations
  • Preparing and using milling machines
  • Preparing and proving CNC machine tool programs
  • Preparing and using CNC milling machines
  • Preparing and using CNC turning machines
  • Producing mechanical engineering drawings using CAD System
  • Conducting business improvement activities

You will also complete the Level 2 Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Technical Knowledge)

You will be expected to pass through a Gateway onto the development programme which will include the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) delivered in the workplace by your PETA assessor. You will be day released for two years to complete a Technical certificate (Level 3) as part of your advanced apprenticeship framework. This will be the Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge).

You will also achieve Functional Skills in Maths and English at level 2 (if you have not already achieved C+ or a Grade 4+ in these disciplines).

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering and manufacturing > Engineering Technician

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by PETA Limited

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Closing date: 23 Sep 2017