Apprentice CNC Machinist/ Engineering Technician PRIOR SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS LIMITED

A fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic individual looking at getting into engineering and CNC machining. Working with a dedicated and experienced team of technicians/engineers producing high-precision components for a company established for more than 100 years. Attend college and gain an apprenticeship recognised by relevant.

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Company Pension Scheme Medicash Health Plan Fuel Allowance

  • Working week

    Working alternate shifts. Earlies: Mon to Thurs, 6 am to 2 pm. Friday 6 am to 1 pm Lates: Mon to Thurs, 1:45 pm to 10 pm. Friday 12:45pm to 6:45pm (all breaks paid)

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    08 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    25 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To operate all machines in the Machine Shop as required. To be part of a team of people working together to meet the production plan to the highest possible standard of quality and efficiency in accordance with the company’s Health & Safety policies

Primary Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that health & safety and environmental precautions are followed and standards of cleanliness and tidiness are maintained
  • To work to the company standards and procedures
  • To set up new products on the CNC machines, writing programs, recording information as required, ensure output and quality targets are achieved, and optimising production performance
  • Operating machines as required to maximise production output.
  • Check and maintain tooling in the machine shop, informing the machine shop manager of any requirements
  • Rectify any problems with parts or processes as they arise
  • Use personal protective equipment as requested by the company
  • Ensure output and quality targets are achieved, optimising process performance to meet this
  • Cross train to be able to set up and run machines in the machine shop
  • Willing to train others in the setting up and running of machines and processes in the machine shop
  • To carry out regular maintenance and cleaning of the machines as required
  • To work within and encourage others to follow the company’s policies for attendance, lateness, and break times
  • To look for and actively progress opportunities for continuous improvement within the production environment, especially in the machine shop
  • To carry out any other duties deemed necessary by the management team

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • To translate information and drawings provided into effective CAM programs
  • To attend company training courses as further development in the role
  • Train in the use of the CMM machine and associated measuring techniques

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

The apprentice will gain a level 3 Engineering Technician Machinist pathway qualification.

  •  Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge) After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Machining Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Machine Shop Senior Technician

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Conscientious


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Design and Technology (Grade 4/C or above) Desired

About the employer

Description Tell us about the organisation- max 500 characters Prior Scientific has been manufacturing precision optical and electromechanical equipment and instrumentation for over 100 years. We are a leader in the development of precision motion, automation, and optical systems, subsystems, and components. Prior Scientific has manufacturing bases in the UK and USA, both ISO 9001: 2015 certified, and additional regional offices in Germany, Japan, and China supporting its products worldwide.




Units 3/ 4 Fielding Ind Est

Wilbraham Road


CB21 5ET

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Training provider




01223 418778

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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