Apprentice Mechanical Engineering Technician PCML

PCML is one of the fastest-growing precision engineering & manufacturing companies in the UK supplying a variety of industries including Biotech Design & Manufacturing, High-Tech Industrial Solutions & Life Science Products manufacturing. Be a part of a company which will support growth and development in CNC Machinist with PCML.

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Closing date: 17 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Overtime is available at a 1.5x basic rate. Enrolment onto the company health scheme - Healthshield (following successful probation)

  • Working week

    Workplace hours are: Monday - Thursday 07:30 - 16:30 Fridays 07:30 - 13:30 20-minute paid break (Monday - Friday) 30-minute lunch break (Monday - Thursday)

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As an apprentice, you will be joining a work-based programme that delivers a package of on-the-job training and an occupationally relevant qualification. Working alongside college delivered units, you will develop the skills, knowledge and experience to become a qualified CNC Machinist within precision engineering.

Reports to: Production Manager

Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will receive quality coaching and mentoring from our skilled engineers in the following areas:

  • Manual Machining - milling and turning
  • CNC Machine operation and setting - milling and turning
  • Assembly
  • EDM - Electronic Discharge Machining
  • Finishing specialisms i.e., deburring, lapping, rumbling, straight graining, ENP (Electro-nickel plating), bead blasting
  • Production Engineering (CAD/CAM)

Daily Tasks:

  • Be responsible for the completion of daily work given
  • Ensure maximum productivity is achieved
  • Ensure that all produced parts are to a high standard every time by using colleagues, equipment and processes that are at your disposal
  • Inspect material and end products to ensure that all quality expectations are being met
  • Ensure general unit housekeeping (6S) is maintained.
  • Ensure company standards including quality and H&S are maintained at all times.

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

The practical training period is the time dedicated to the development of the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours for your Apprenticeship which includes the following components:

  • Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours (KSB’s)
  • Functional Skills maths and English Level 2 (exemptions apply)

The apprentice would be assigned an assessor through the College, who would typically come out to visit in the workplace to assess workplace competence.

During the first year of the apprenticeship, you will spend 3 days in-college during term time and 2 days spent in the Workplace. Into years 2 to 3 years, you will attend college 1 day per week and 4 days spent in the Workplace. Towards the end of the practical training period of apprenticeship the training will be all in the Workplace, preparing for the End Point Assessment. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • A fully qualified CNC Machinist

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

About the employer

PCML Group precision engineer, manufacture and assemble custom-built parts and components used in the development of biotech, scientific and high-tech industrial products.




The Stable

Hall Farm

Church Road


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Training provider




01223 418778

Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

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