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Engineering technician level 3 apprentice- Machinist Pathway Cranfield University

The role requires an open mind for future development in all areas. It is anticipated that this role will support a variety of work in different environments. By the end you should have developed sufficient skills to join a professional body and become a registered Technician, making a valued and significant contribution to the University.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    8.30 am – 5.00 pm Mon – Thurs 8.30 am – 4.30 pm Friday and 1 hour per day for lunch

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    4 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Apr 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

You will provide technical and manufacturing support in the Mechanical Workshop to CDS which includes the manufacture and construction of components and equipment for research, teaching, student projects and external customers from drawings, sketches and precise verbal instructions.

The focus of this job is discovery and development of aptitude and capabilities through formal study and learning on the job from senior/more experienced colleagues, through exposure to a range of activities.

Main Duties:

To complete a Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship programme of technical training to be conducted with an external training provider, within the Technical Support Services department and various groups within CDS to enable the job holder to become proficient in the application and use of a wide range of machine tools that are required for the manufacture and construction of components and equipment for research, teaching, student projects and external customers from drawings, sketches and precise verbal instructions.

This will involve learning how to:

  • Conventional and CNC turn/mill
  • Surface grind
  • Drill.
  • Weld, fabricate, braze, solder and other jointing processes. • complete sheet basic sheet metalwork including e.g. shearing, folding
  • Fit and assemble components using hand tools and marking out equipment
  • To learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques using proprietary software packages.

Full job description can be given upon request

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Working within a team environment
  • Familiar with software packages particularly Microsoft
  • Able to plan and organise to meet deadlines
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills Good grammar, spelling, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able and willing to follow instructions and learn new skills
  • Aptitude for practical science or engineering skills

Personal qualities

  • Ability to demonstrate the Cranfield University values: Ambition, Impact, Respect and Community
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others
  • Flexibility and reliability Highly motivated

Desired qualifications

5 GCSE’s Grade A*-C or 9-4 including maths, English and science (or equivalent level qualifications or relevant experience.

Future prospects

It is expected that on successful completion of the apprenticeship, the successful candidate will progress to a junior technician role.

Things to consider


  • Be willing to undertake security clearance as required for the post
  • The role will involve tasks where the post holder may need to stand for long periods of time or carry out repeated movements
  • Benefits, pay and pension (

New College Swindon

  • All applicants will need to complete an entry maths test and pass the minimum mark to be put forward
  • All applicants will attend a pre-screen meeting with New College and complete the necessary registration paperwork
  • By submitting your application, you are confirming that you are happy for New College Swindon to share this information with the employer as part of the process

About the employer

At Shrivenham, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, we provide you with cutting edge facilities to increase your potential to the highest level possible.

Our range of learning facilities include:

  • Simulation and Synthetic Environment Laboratory
  • Decision Analysis and Risk Management Laboratory
  • Forensic Institute Analytical Laboratory
  • Materials Characterisation Facility
  • Radiation facilities
  • Defence Test and Evaluation Centre
  • Explosive facilities
  • Ballistics Test ranges
  • Unmanned Autonomous Systems Laboratory
  • Intelligent Propulsion and Emissions Laboratory   

The Barrington Library:

The library supports all students and staff members by providing books, journals and online content in support of all subjects taught and researched at Cranfield Defence and Security, including:

  • A core collection of more than 165,000 hard-copy books and 40,000 research and technical reports
  • A comprehensive range of subject databases, 14,000 eBooks and more than 36,000 full-text electronic journals
  • An effective inter-library loan service for obtaining any documents you need, to which we do not have immediate access - details of all these may be accessed via the Barrington Digital Library
  • Full training for all students on how to make best use of the library resources, including advice on referencing and how to keep up to date in your academic discipline
  • Thesis workshops, online training, one-to-one assistance and study skills guidance via the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Dedicated Library Information Specialist for each course to provide you with full support in using the library throughout your time at Shrivenham, and help is always available online via the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service
  • Access to theses, staff papers and classified material (subject to the requirements of your chosen course) via the Library Reports Section - no other UK university can provide this
  • Excellent contacts with Dstl, Qinetiq, Ministry of Defence libraries and overseas military establishments, meaning hard-to-find material can often be sourced
  • Support of the University’s Careers Service by hosting both a careers information area and private meeting space for students to have careers guidance interviews
  • Takeaway copies and reference materials on all aspects of careers development such as the Cranfield CV guide, as well as guidance on the recruitment process, including application forms, psychometric tests and interviews
  • A suite of IT resources which will support your learning throughout your studies whether on or off campus

Additional support is also offered to those with disabilities, including adjustments to services and providing assistive support technology where appropriate.


Cranfield University





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Additional location information

Cranfield Defence and Security Shrivenham Wilts SN6 8LA


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by New College


Karl Norris

Level 3 Engineering Technician Standard

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • EAL Level 3 AME- Technical Support Technician (Development Competence)

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2022