Machining Technician Apprentice (Level 3 Engineering) SPS Technologies Limited

Want to join one of the world’s largest manufacturers of critical fastening systems for aerospace & defence applications? Here's a fantastic opportunity to become a Machining Technician Apprentice with SPS Technologies based in Leicester, operating multi axis machines to produce manufactured aerospace components. Apply now for a Summer 2024 start!

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Fantastic salaries offered. Salary dependent on age, between £15,175 - £22,605 in Year 1. After Year 1, all salaries will increase. 25 Days +8 Bank Holidays, Pension, Annual Pay Review, Quarterly Cash Bonus, Sport & Social Club, Discount Codes & more

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 8am-4:30pm and Friday 7:30am-1:30pm

    Total hours per week: 38

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    21 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Work in accordance with health and safety regulations
  • Maintain complex plant and machinery
  • Support planned maintenance engineering programmes
  • Work closely with mentors and team members
  • Diagnose faults in line with processes

Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, you will be able to demonstrate the following as a multi Axis CNC machinist. (3,4 & 5 Axis):

  • Capable of running and setting Heidenhain, Mazak and Fanuc controls
  • Have an excellent understanding of ISO & Mazatrol programming
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of machine processes
  • Experience working to tight tolerances
  • Able to read and interpret engineering drawings and self-inspect parts
  • Measuring tools used Vernier’s, Callipers, Micrometres, Gauges etc.
  • Able to prove out and aid in Technical Machining Related Issues

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 3 Diploma (EAL) in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
  • Additional training to take place at Loughborough College to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in accordance to this apprenticeship. 

Apprentices will attend Loughborough College 1 day per week (term time only). The rest of the time is spent with the employer. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential opportunity for a permanent role within the company following successful completion of the apprenticeship.

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, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths, English and Science (Grade C / 4 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

Additional training to take place at Loughborough College to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in accordance to this apprenticeship. Please ensure you are able to travel before applying. Loughborough College reserves the right to withdraw this vacancy before the end date, following consultation with the employer.

About the employer

SPS Technologies has been established since 1936, its product offering and investment strategy is focused on technically sophisticated components and materials that are necessary and vital to key end-user markets such as aerospace, transportation, power generation, racing, farm and construction equipment and general industrial. Quality control programs of all SPS businesses reflect the demanding requirements of SPS' aerospace heritage. All product lines benefit from the culture of quality that has a long history at SPS. Because of this culture and our strong product design capability, many of SPS' products are manufactured for safety-critical applications.


SPS Technologies Limited


Troon industrial Area

191 Barkby Road



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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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