Engineering - Machining Technician Apprentice LONE STAR LEEDS LIMITED

Due to continued growth, well-established LoneStar are delighted to present this fantastic opportunity to join their Leeds engineering manufacturing site. Over a 4-year period, you'll be training and working with highly trained people to develop your skills and knowledge in engineering machining (CNC and Conventional) setting and programming.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This will be reviewed annually and, based on performance, apprentices will receive incremental increases towards skilled rate upon completion and apprenticeship certification.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday, 07.30 - 16.00. Friday, 07.30 -12.30.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

The apprentice will be trained to become a member of our highly skilled team of engineers consisting of skilled millers, turners, fitters & grinders, and inspectors for potential future progression within the company.

  • Operating and setting of machine tools
  • Continuous support to the production department with improving efficiency and working towards lean manufacture within their cell
  • Report defects to their team leader / line manager and support the quality department when investigating root causes
  • Reporting any faulty equipment to team leader / line manager
  • Maintain equipment
  • Maintaining cleanliness and tidiness of all areas within the section they are working in and walkway around it
  • Retrain where needed to develop the business
  • Cooperate with the organisation, undertaking any other given role within their capabilities
  • Ability to use standard engineering equipment
  • Ability to operate and run various CNC machines using FANUC controls
  • Ability to understand G Codes
  • Ability to read engineering drawings
  • Ability to understand customer requirements
  • Knowledge of the Vantage/Epicor system
  • Practically minded

The training you will be getting

  • You will work towards the Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard, which includes Functional Skills at level 2 if not already achieved grades 4/C or above in maths and English

Year One through Year 3 -

  • Day release at Appris, Bradford: EAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Machining

Year One through Year Four-

  • Workplace Training and Mentoring towards achieving the Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours (KSBs)
  • Internal training, development and mentoring with highly skilled engineers in a variety of machining (CNC) areas and other engineering related duties and requirements
  • In your 4th Year, you will continue to work towards your occupational competency in engineering and prepare for independent end-point assessments

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Successful apprentices can look forward to building on existing skills through further learning and development. This can lead to promotion within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Passion for engineering


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade C/4 or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4 or equivalent) Essential

Things to consider

This company is located in South Leeds, so please ensure you can arrange suitable transport for the start and finish times of the job. It also includes off-the-job training at Appris in Bradford, so please make allowances for the travel.

About the employer

LoneStar Leeds is the unique integration of two world class brands, LoneStar LWD and LoneStar Grange, both with long histories dating back to the 1940’s The two companies were merged in 2013 to form LoneStar Leeds Ltd however their individual knowledge and expertise have been maintained by virtue of having two separate divisions, Precision Components and Sealing Technologies. From standard, off the shelf items to full turnkey manufacture of products and assemblies, LoneStar Leeds offers a wide range of products and services including CNC machining and its own in-house coating and plating facility, ensuring high quality components are consistently delivered on time.




Unit 2

Kitson Road


LS10 1NT

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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



01274 668149

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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