Machine Operator Apprentice Petersen Stainless Rigging Ltd

Petersen Stainless Rigging are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual to join their team as a Machine Operator Apprentice. The successful candidate will work towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm with 0.5 hour for lunch, resulting in a 37.5 hour week (Flexibility to work shifts where required) 1st 6 months - £3.90 2nd 6 months - £ 4.72 Year 2 - £5.79 Year 3 - £6.56 Year 4 - £7.72

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    29 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    24 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available


  • Attend and participate in all required training.
  • Works safely to prevent on-the-job injuries
  • Assisting and helping other members of staff when required
  • Adhere to the companies policies & procedures and all Health & Safety regulations at all times



  • Ensure equipment is operating correctly by utilising monitors and gauges on the equipment.
  • The equipment must be adjusted and cleaned during the manufacturing process by the machine operator to make sure the parts remain within specifications.
  • The machine operator loads the material into the machine in order to maintain production levels.


Inspection Duties:

  • Ensure each part is made within designated specifications.
  • The inspection will be done for quality assurances purposes and recorded for the quality inspectors to review periodically.
  • Most machine operators are not required to inspect every part but are directed to test and inspect a designated number of parts.
  • During the inspection process, if a part is not within specification, where possible the machine operator will make adjustments to get the parts back into the designated limits, where this is not possible this must be reported to a Team Leader/Supervisor.
  • Report all non-conformances as per agreed procedure



  • Follow all agreed procedures; this includes updating system(s) and documentation where applicable.
  • Follow the drawing without deviations unless signed off by higher management


Preventive Maintenance:

  • Ensure that equipment is maintained on the recommended maintenance schedule, this will include cleaning, checking fluids or greasing the equipment as directed by the maintenance department. (Check fluids coolant/white water weekly and Interlock daily (where applicable)
  • The machine operator will not be responsible for calibrating the tools utilized in the production process, but will be required to ensure those tools have been calibrated at regularly schedules times.  Damages must be reported


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Able to work well under pressure and prioritise a heavy workload
  • Good numerical skills. 
  • Must have proficiency with various software applications programs including Outlook, Microsoft Word and Excel and the Internet.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule

Personal qualities

  • Good planning, organizing, problem-solving  and troubleshooting skills
  • Able to multi-task
  • Good attention to detail
  • Willing to learn and expand the role
  • Strong team player
  • Demonstrate drive and enthusiasm and be self-motivated
  • Exhibit professional behaviour

Qualifications required

The right candidate should have GCSE's (Equivalent Qualification) at grades C or above in English Language and Maths.

Future prospects

The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering is a great route for anyone wanting to pursue a career in Engineering, this programme gives apprentices a first step on the career ladder and an opportunity to progress to further qualifications and skills.

Things to consider

This vacancy is to start immediately therefore you must be available to start before applying. The closing date, interview date and start date are subject to change. This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. Individuals are able to undertake an apprenticeship at a higher level than a qualification they currently hold, including any previously completed apprenticeships. Individuals can also undertake an apprenticeship at the same level, or lower level than a qualification they already hold as long as the new apprenticeship allows for new skills to be acquired and the content of the training is materially different from any previous qualification or apprenticeship. For example, if you already have a Level 4 qualification you still may be able to complete an apprenticeship at any level providing you meet the eligibility criteria and are learning substantive new skills.Please note; if you have been progressed, you will be contacted to complete a telephone interview. Please expect to receive a call from us. Applicants must go through this telephone procedure for your application to be progressed. Please be aware that as Northern Skills Group provide a matching recruitment service, we will also consider you for roles which pay the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage. Minimum wage The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Design and manufacture of lifting equipment, cable termination and tensioning equipment and ancillary components for the marine, oil and gas, offshore, construction, defence and aerospace industries.


Petersen Stainless Rigging Ltd


Cowen Road


NE21 5TW

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Training provider

  • Level 3 qualification in Mechanical Engineering
  • Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (where required)
  • Day release class

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider

Northern Skills Group

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Northern Skills Group

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017