Apprentice Miller Setter/Operator ALAN DICK ENGINEERING LTD

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Miller Setter/ Operator based in Morecombe. This rewarding career requires a broad skill set -math, mechanical design, interpreting technical drawings and programs, eye for detail - to properly transform a metal casting into a valuable working machined part.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday- Friday, 7:30am-4pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

We have a large capacity for machining all ferrous and non-ferrous metals including:
3-axis Milling: Up to 8000mm length, 1800mm height and 1200 in width. Max. weight of 1750kg
Turning: Up to 450mm Diameter and 1000mm length

Setting up and programming using Heidenhain, Protrak and Bridgeport controls. Machining small and medium sized fabrications using various 3 axis machines 

  • Working to engineering drawings
  • Problem solving
  • Dressing and finishing
  • Marking and identifying materials
  • Checking that finished products comply with specifications

The training you will be getting

  • L2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing (Foundation Competence).
  • L2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge).
  • L3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competencies) Machining.
  • L3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge).

The training for this role will be delivered in Blackburn on block release so please do bear this in-mind when you apply.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Engineers work in high-tech, dynamic environments using state of the art equipment. They are inventors, designers and problem solvers, people who make a difference to the way we live. As trained professionals, engineers are well paid and highly respected. Many get top jobs and even run their own companies. If you enjoy working as part of a team, like solving problems and have a practical flair, you will find engineering has a lot to offer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working, Accuracy


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 (C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 (C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent ICT (Grade 4 (C)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 (C)) Desired

Things to consider

Please do not contact the company directly. Please note; we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a suitable number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply ASAP if you wish to be considered for this role.

About the employer

Established in 1975 and based in Heysham, Lancashire, Alan Dick Engineering Ltd provides a wide-ranging sub-contract engineering, machining and fabrication service to the industry. Over the years, ADE has gained a high reputation for the quality of service by working closely with its customers. By providing both machining and fabrication services, ADE has become a One Stop Engineering Shop, allowing us to provide both practical and cost-effective solutions to meet your specific requirements. We specialise in bespoke, quick turnaround work, servicing all sectors including the nuclear, offshore, marine, food, construction and chemical industries.








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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


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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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