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Nasmyth Doughty ltd are looking to recruit 2 x CNC Machinists to join their well-established company. We are looking for enthusiastic, bright and eager apprentices to join an exciting busy and growing business to learn many sides of engineering.

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Closing date: 22 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 06:00 - 14:30 Friday 06:00- 13:30 x2 15 min break and 30 min lunch

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

CNC Machinist Job Responsibilities:

Produces machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine; maintaining quality and safety standards; keeping records; maintaining equipment and supplies.

CNC Apprentice Machinist Job Description:

1. Plans machining by studying work orders, engineering plans, materials, specifications, orthographic drawings, reference planes, locations of surfaces, and machining parameters; interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances.
2. Programs mills and lathes by entering instructions, including zero and reference points; setting tool registers, offsets, calculating requirements, including basic math, geometry, and trigonometry; proving part programs.
3. Sets-up mills and lathes by installing and adjusting three- and four-jaw chucks, tools, attachments, collets, stops, and stock pushers; indicating vices;
4. Verifies settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample workpieces; adhering to company process and systems.
5. Maintains specifications by observing drilling, grooving, and cutting, including turning, facing, knurling and thread chasing operations; taking measurements; detecting malfunctions; troubleshooting processes; adjusting and reprogramming controls; sharpening and replacing worn tools; adhering to quality assurance procedures and processes.
6. Maintains safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.
7. Maintains equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions;
8. Maintains continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
9. Documents actions by completing production and quality logs.
10. Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.
11. The role will also involve inspection of parts, so you will be familiar with a range in inspection equipment.

You will also have the ability to use handheld measuring equipment plus experience with CMM machines and shadowgraphs.

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

Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship standard, including Functional Skills if required.

This programme includes the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Diploma Machinist Development Competence L3 and the Pearson Btec Level 3 Diploma in Machining Development Knowledge and the Machining (Foundation Knowledge) Diploma L2.

This programme is delivered via a day release model which means that every week, you will spend one day (term time only) at our engineering innovation centre in NG17.

You will work with expert assessors to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours within the profession.

You will experience a blended learning model.

You will gather learning evidence, journals and off-the-job records using your e-portfolio.

At the end of the planned learning period, it will be agreed that you are ready to enter 'Gateway' and for your End Point Assessment to be arranged.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

The employer is committed to providing further training that supports you in your role. This may include higher level apprenticeship programmes that contain a HNC.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential

About the employer

Nasmyth Doughty operates from our purpose-built factory in Nottingham, a wealth of highly skilled engineers, our expansive range of capabilities are focussed on fast responses. Since our foundation in 1925, we have evolved and established our position as a key manufacturer to the aerospace, OEMs of the aviation, oil & gas, sensor, medical and transport markets. Heavily investing in the latest state-of-the art CNC machines, Doughty has become a leading supply of quality components to a global market.




Sherbrook Enterprise

100 Sherbrook Road, Daybrook



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Training provider




01623 900468

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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