Apprentice CNC Machinist 57-1411 SIMPSON PATTERNS LTD

Simpson Patterns Ltd are looking for an apprentice CNC machinist to complete a Level 3 Machining Technician apprenticeship. The candidate will be trained to program and operate a variety of 5 axis machines to produce composite tooling and patterns from soft materials such as modelboard, plastics and different woods. Duties include: performing routine machine maintenance checks and completing check sheet records.

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

    12 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Principal Accountabilities

  • To be a trainee 5 Axis CNC Machinist, with internal training provided. To become competent in;
    • working knowledge of Fanuc control systems for programming purposes
    • working in a relatively high tolerance environment to automotive / Aerospace standards
    • Offline programming such as Autodesk Powermill
    • Operating CMS or BIESSE 5 axis machines
  • To advocate the organisation in a positive and professional manner at all times
  • To undertake any other duties as may be required within the scope of the post and participate as and when necessary, in organisational wide initiatives and projects

Role & responsibilities

  • To operate CNC machines
  • Prove out programmes at the machine
  • To set CNC machines for production runs in both manned and unmanned periods
  • Working in a manner which is safe for everyone in the machine shop
  • Assist planning to maximise utilisation of machines and manpower
  • To work on own initiative and understand the manufacturing process
  • Keep a clean and manageable working area
  • To work to tight tolerances and check own work
  • To work, following training, to customer drawings and specifications
  • To work with minimum supervision
  • Report any tooling requirements (including improvements) to the Technical Manager
  • Collaborating with line management and engineering support in any initiative to continuously improve the performance of the machine shop
  • Performing routine machine maintenance checks and completing check sheet records
  • Perform elements of self-inspection, filling out inspection records as required.

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:

  • EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

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

Simpson Patterns Ltd, was established more than three generations ago in Sheffield to make patterns for the city's foundries. Our success comes from dedication to customer service and a commitment to the highest production standards. The company has evolved to now offer an increased range of services to clients both nationally and internationally using new technologies and modern materials, but the dedication and company ethos still remains the same. Our vision is to fully help our clients shape their next solution offering a complete service. To design, model, prototype & manufacture outstanding solutions to specific engineering requirements.






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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