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Engineering Technician - Toolmaking Apprentice S W Tooling Ltd

SW Tooling Ltd are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice to join their highly skilled team as Engineering Technician - Toolmaking Apprentice. You will be involved in highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work in manufacturing.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday - 8am to 4pm

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    42 months

  • Possible start date

    26 Sep 2021

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Toolmakers are predominantly involved in the highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work of manufacturing and maintaining the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies. These products, assemblies and systems affect all of our daily lives, whether it be for travel such as (cars, planes, boats and rail) energy, defence, food, clothing, packaging and health including medical equipment, devices and implants such as joint replacements. This requires the application of a broad range of activities including the interpretation of Engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer-controlled machine tools and measuring equipment.

Technicians must comply with applicable legislation and organisational safety requirements and be expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team, working with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying ways to improve the business.

They will be expected to test and adjust the systems they have built or maintained ensuring tooling, jigs, fixtures and assemblies meet the required specification. This requires the application of a broad range of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across a range of engineering disciplines.

Specific Specialist Knowledge:

  • understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculations in a Toolmaking environment
  • understand the structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used for the manufacture and repair of tooling, Moulds, Dies and jigs and fixtures
  • understand the safe operation, correct selection and the application of a range of hand tools used for toolmaking and die maintenance, including grinders, drills, stones etc.
  • understand the safe operation and operating principles of a range of complex and often state of the art workshop machinery (such as CNC lathes, milling, grinding and erosion machining centres, drilling and welding equipment)
  • understand how to set up and operate the machinery/equipment efficiently and effectively
  • understand the principles of how the relevant tools, dies, jigs and fixtures being manufactured/maintained function, the operating sequences, the purpose of individual components/systems and how they interact
  • Understand the application of pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical and electronic systems as applied to various moulding, injection, pressing and similar associated

Specific Specialist Skills:

  • read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce and/or maintain tool and die components, assemblies and systems
  • apply methods and techniques to produce, assemble, disassemble repair and/or maintain tools, dies, jigs and fixtures as applicable to the employer requirements
  • manufacture components (such as tooling, dies, jigs and fixtures)
  • undertake testing to confirm correct operation, and of the effectiveness of repairs and maintenance activities carried out
  • undertake equipment/asset care and/or Preventative Planned Maintenance processes and procedures
  • Carry out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities covering the following technologies as applicable to the tool, die, jig and fixture environment:
    • Maintaining mechanical equipment
    • Maintaining fluid & pneumatic power equipment
    • Maintaining electrical & electronic equipment
    • Maintaining process control equipment
  • contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work in an organised and methodical manner
  • Hand tool skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic and motivated with a good work ethic
  • Punctual
  • Attention to detail
  • Great attention to detail
  • A proactive approach to work

Desired qualifications

Ideally, candidates will have a minimum of GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English. Maths is particularly important for this role.

Future prospects

There may be the potential for permanent employment or progression to a higher-level apprenticeship for the right candidate, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. 

About the employer

SW Tooling Ltd are a team of highly skilled toolmakers and engineers equipped with the latest CNC mills, lathes and EDM wirers, based at Langage Business Park in Plympton, Devon. They specialise in one offs and small batches, repair and replacement components, tooling, jigs & fixtures, dies and other special parts. They also undertake development projects.

Their customers belong to a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, heavy industrial, food processing, machine building, industrial automation & controls and all types of manufacturing.

They use the latest CAD/CAM software so they can transfer you designs straight to their machines or they can work with you to develop bespoke parts and processes for prototypes or custom machines and tooling.


S W Tooling Ltd


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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by City College Plymouth

Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship - Toolmaker Pathway - delivered by City College Plymouth.

  • 3.5 years long
  • 1 day per week at College, term time only, plus 4 block release weeks during October and February half term in year 1 & 2
  • Assessor visits to the workplace to gather evidence on your competency and how you are progressing in your role 

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Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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