The candidate will work towards operating CNC machines in an efficient manner to help achieve the financial targets of the business within the constraints of ethical trading & good engineering practice.

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

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Closing date: 19 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    You will work Monday to Friday. Your start and finish times including your shift pattern will be determined by the employing company.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Under supervision, produce a high quality product and learn basic engineering skills:

  • Set up, adjust, edit and operate CNC machines (including turning and milling machines) ensuring quality workmanship at all times
  • Working under supervision to operate Sliding Head machines
  • Working on own initiative to perform complex and precision machining operations and machine parts to specifications
  • Using measuring equipment to calculate dimensions and tolerances and test completed products
  • Review and understand basic engineering drawings, programmes and design information and understand operations needed to fabricate products
  • Ensure that the correct tooling and materials are used for the task

To maintain and improve productivity:

  • Work in line with company procedures and machine capability to ensure production deadlines are met
  • Work to production quality standards and support continuous improvement activities
  • Check and inspect materials prior to machining to ensure they conform to quality standards, identifying and reporting on any faults to a Team leader
  • Inspect components produced, making adjustments where required in order to meet quality requirements. Report any issues affecting the component quality, quantity and production deadline to a team leader
  • Maintain set-up sheets as required and in line with company procedure: Complete machining documentation for all stages of the work required including standard operating procedures
  • Work in all departments throughout the business as directed and when instructed, work in all areas of the production department and as necessary in other areas of the business to gain a sound understanding of how the company functions and operates ensuring at all times instructions are adhered to
  • Ensure work area is kept clean and tidy at all times by keeping machine and all associated tools and equipment in a clean and tidy manner

Work within a safe environment:

  • By ensuring all company procedures and Health & Safety legislation are followed at all times
  • Understand and operate safe systems of working including being able to risk assess jobs
  • Conduct safety checks of machines, associated equipment and surrounding area
  • Wearing the appropriate protective clothing and equipment at all times

The training you will be getting

You will study on a Level 3 Machining Technician Standard. On completion of this, you will gain a qualification in Engineering at Advanced Level 3 such as:

  • EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge)
    Level: 3
  • City and Guilds Machining technician (1273)

During the first year of the apprenticeship, your learning will take place at the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre based at Catcliffe, Rotherham, for an initial block of study on a full-time basis. After this, you will attend the Training Centre for one day a week for knowledge study.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Completion of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications which are acknowledged and respected by employers across the world.
  • These can open the door to many more opportunities, such as Engineering Management and Project Engineering positions across a range of sectors worldwide.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential

About the employer

Eldon Engineering Company Limited was established in 1975 to provide a sub-contract machining service to national and local industries. Close to the motorway networks (M1 & M18) with easy access the country’s infrastructure and main shipping routes, Eldon are equipped with the very best technologically advanced machines for Turning Milling and Drilling. Eldon’s engineering division, offer a complete service of production from raw material to finished product in quantities from one off specials to many thousands, meeting the highest quality standards demanded by industry. As well as their sub-contract service Eldon manufacture and market a range of Quick Release Couplings and fittings for a wide range of industries with the ability to design and manufacture to customers specifications. These capabilities and an emphasis on reliability and service have resulted in the regular supply to high profile such as ICI, British Coal, British Aerospace, British Steel and Rolls Royce.




28 Don Road


S9 2UB

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


AMRC Training Centre Recruitment Team

Apprenticeship standard

Machining technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Please follow the link to apply on the University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Centre website and complete an application form. Once this has been received, it will be reviewed, and you will receive an email response with the next steps of the application process. Please note the AMRC Training Centre reserves the right to close company vacancies, should they get filled, ahead of the published closing date.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Jul 2024