Join as an apprentice mechanical engineer, honing skills in machining. Gain hands-on experience in various machining areas, assembly, and inspection. Learn to machine components using conventional and CNC tools, culminating in a HNC in Mechanical Engineering in a 4-year apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    7 available

What you will do in your working day

  •  Conduct safety checks and performance monitoring for machining, associated equipment and surrounding work area.
  •  Receive, read and interpret engineering data and documentation, engineering drawings and technical data. Contribute to or plan the days machining schedule.
  • Check and inspect materials to be machined to ensure that they conform to quality standards. Identify and report any issues or faults such as incorrect grades, dimensions and thicknesses.
  •  Plan and prepare sequence for the machining activities. Ensure that the correct tooling, work holding, and materials are used. This applies to conventional complex or CNC complex machining tasks.
  • Set up, operate, adjust or edit conventional or CNC machining equipment settings and programmes for the machine tool being used.
  •  Machine high-quality complex components using a broad range of processes. For example, internal or external thread cutting, slots and pockets, internal or external under cutting. Also profile forms, tapered and eccentric diameters, bored holes, and tee slots.
  • Inspect components produced. Adjust the machining equipment or programme and tooling to ensure components meet quality requirements.
  • Identify, communicate and report issues affecting machining component quality, quantity and deadlines.
  • Complete machining documentation at all stages of the work activity. For example, standard operational procedures, control documentation and contribution to audits.
  • Maintain and restore the machining work area, performing housekeeping and waste management as appropriate. Ensure tools, unused materials and equipment are returned to a safe, clean and approved condition on completion of machining work.
  • Keep stakeholders for example, customers, colleagues and line managers informed about machining work.
  • Perform scheduled daily inspection and machine shut down or safe isolation.
  • Support continuous improvement activity to address business problems.

The training you will be getting

  • The training for this apprenticeship will be conducted through Burnley College.
  • The apprentice will receive a HNC in Mechanical Engineering following the completion of their 4-year apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

There will be progression routes available following the completion of the 4 year apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or above) Essential

About the employer

Fort Vale Engineering Limited is the world leader in the design and manufacture of manways, safety valves and loading and discharge systems for the transportation, transfer and storage of bulk liquids and liquefied gas. Fort Vale owns self-sufficient manufacturing facilities, having total control over all manufacturing processes from foundry to testing. From initial research and development to the final product, Fort Vale can supply quality equipment, both standard and bespoke, to meet with each client’s requirements.




Calder Vale Park Simonstone Lane Simonstone


BB12 7ND

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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


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

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