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Apprentice Engineering Technician (CNC Machinist) SPS AEROSTRUCTURES LIMITED

New Engineering Apprenticeship opportunities have become available for two individuals to train in a Technician role in operating multi axis machines to produce manufactured aerospace components.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    22 days holiday per annum plus 8 bank holidays. Annual performance increase. 4 Quarterly Bonus Payouts % based on company performance. Car Scheme. Cycle to Work Scheme. Free Parking

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday: 7am - 4pm. Friday: 7am - 12 noon.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    05 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful Apprentices will learn on the job to complete the following as part of their duties:

  • Work in accordance with health and safety regulations
  • Maintain complex plant and machinery
  • Support planned maintenance engineering programmes
  • Work closely with mentors and team members
  • Diagnose faults in line with processes

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, you will be able to demonstrate the following as a multi Axis CNC machinist. (3,4 & 5 Axis):

  • Capable of running and setting Heidenhain, Mazak and Fanuc controls
  • Have an excellent understanding of ISO & Mazatrol programming
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of machine processes
  • Experience working to tight tolerances
  • Able to read and interpret engineering drawings and self-inspect parts
  • Measuring tools used Vernier’s, Callipers, Micrometres, Gauges etc.
  • Able to prove out and aid in Technical Machining Related Issues

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?


  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Engineering Technician (Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Pathway)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

Delivery Method

Currently delivered two days per week (Term Time Only) at Loughborough College, first and second year of learning. One day per week (Term Time Only) at Loughborough College third year of learning.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

CNC Machinist / CNC Miller / CNC Turner / Moving onto an Engineering Degree

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths, English and Science (Grade Level 4/Grade C or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Additional training to take place at Loughborough College to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviours to accordance to this Apprenticeship. Please ensure you are able to travel before applying. Loughborough College reserves the right to withdraw this vacancy before the end date, following consultation with the employer.

About the employer

PCC Aerostructures is a vertically integrated Tier II supplier of build-to-print metallic and composite parts, kits, and assemblies to the global aerospace industry. Our unique size, reach, experience, culture, and capability enable: • Management of large complex packages • Mitigation of natural disaster and capacity risk • Higher efficiencies and productivity • Consistent quality and delivery excellence • Significant and ongoing investment PCC Aerostructures is one of three divisions under the PCC Airframe Products segment and a lead integrator of the full airframe value stream.




Willow Drive Sherwood Business Park


NG15 0DP

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Training provider



Hayley Cousins

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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