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Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship : Machining pathway SOUTHERN PRECISION LIMITED

To undergo training in the use of CNC machine tools to produce component parts to tight tolerances. Development will also include the use of CAD/CAM software and inspection using CMM machines.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 5.00pm 1/2Hr Lunch Friday, 8.00am to 2.00pm 1/4Hr Lunch

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Mar 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The successful candidate receive full on the job and college taught training and learn how to undergo the following responsibilities over the length of the apprenticeship.

Duties will include:

  • Programming, setting and operating CNC Machining and Turning Centres.
  • Being able to read and understand engineering drawings including geometric tolerances
  • Be able to change & adjust Machine offsets to maintain drawing tolerances
  • Able to prove out new programs safely
  • Able to work without constant supervision
  • 4  Axis turning and milling experience an advantage

Daily Job Tasks:

  • Strictly adhere to client job specification and ensure good quality work
  • Measure all parts accurately
  • Keep workbench and work area clean and tidy in line with 5S principles
  • Troubleshoot machine problems to determine actual faults

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • A good knowledge of basic machine programming (Fanuc, Mazatrol and Okuma) would be ideal but not essential
  • Basic understanding of Engineering machinery

Personal qualities

  • Good communication, verbal and written
  • Good timekeeping

Desired qualifications

Maths and English GCSE grade 9-4 (ideally 5 and above)

Future prospects

Development into a fully skilled precision engineer

Further development possible

Things to consider

  • You will need to complete pre-screening paperwork and have a chat with New College to discuss any experience, interest in the apprenticeship and how it is delivered
  • You will need to complete and pass a maths test to ensure you are able to cope with the level of maths involved 
  • By submitting your application, you confirm that you are happy for New College Swindon to share your information with the employer as part of the application process

About the employer

Established in 2000, Southern Precision has gained a well-earned reputation for producing the highest quality precision engineering components and assemblies, from a variety of materials that demand a thorough engineering discipline, from initial samples to repeat production.
We specialise in CNC batch production to customer’s drawings and specifications, and dedicate ourselves to constant customer support and advice from initial design to batch production, quality and consistency are paramount to our production             

Southern Precision consists of a team of time served engineers specialising in the field of CNC machining, with decades of experience, there are few applications our team will not achieve solutions to. 

If you have a requirement for precision engineering, precision machining, assembly and component manufacture, Southern Precision are well placed to provide outstanding levels of service and production. 




12 Victory

West Wilts Trading Estate


BA13 4JL

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by New College


Kirsty Bain 07595 201 840

  • Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

What is delivered?

  • All apprentices will be required to achieve as a minimum- Level 2 Foundation competence qualification (Practical units broad based skills)
  • Level 3 Development Competence qualification (Practical work- based units)
  • Level 2 Foundation knowledge Technical certificate
  • Level 3 Development technical knowledge qualification (Theory based units broad based knowledge)
  • Apprentice without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this prior to taking EPA 

To undertake the EPA the following needs to be completed:  

  • The employer specified Level 2 Foundation competence
  • Level 2 foundation knowledge qualification and a
  • Satisfactory achievement Level 3 Development knowledge qualification as applicable to the pathway requirements
  • Satisfactory completion of employer specific Level 3 Development Competence qualification
  • Satisfactory progress towards the employer required behaviours


  • Portfolio Based Occupational Competence Interview (Viva)
  • A nominated professional Institution (PEI) undertakes the independent assessment to determine if the apprentice has met the EngTech requirements as defined by the UK-SPEC

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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