Apprentice Machining Technician D P ENGINEERING LTD

We have an exciting opportunity for the right applicant to earn as you learn in a state of the art machining facility in Cornwall supplying high quality precision parts to the aerospace and oil & gas sectors. You will be mentored by experienced machinist’s and learn the business from the shopfloor up. Our company ethos is to promote from within, so we have people that understand the business at all levels. If you are looking for a well-paid long-term career, then please apply.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 05 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Holiday - 28 days including bank holidays annual leave. Free onsite car parking. Free uniform. Company pension scheme. Staff bonus scheme.

  • Working week

    Working Days: Monday to Thursday Working Times: 7.00am to 5.30pm with 30 minute lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    51 Months

  • Possible start date

    21 Oct 2024

  • Date posted

    14 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Building on our successful apprenticeship scheme we have an exciting opportunity for a versatile and flexible person to learn and develop in all aspects of CNC operations. We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven individual who is willing to learn and develop new skills with the following attributes:

  • Display the ability to fit into the DPE team.
  • You must have a positive and helpful attitude.
  • You must have the ability to listen and follow instructions.
  • You must have basic problem-solving skills.
  • You must be an excellent communicator.
  • Previous manufacturing or engineering experience would be useful but not essential.

Throughout the training we will cover the following both in-house and external training courses:

  • Health and Safety at work
  • Health and Safety regulations on machinery and work equipment
  • Machine controls and operation
  • Material identification
  • Basic settings and operating and techniques.
  • Reading and understanding technical drawings
  • Using Measuring equipment
  • Tool identification and selection
  • Manual Handling

To be successful in this role, excellent communications skills are required along with the ability to strive for 100% accuracy and customer satisfaction, you must also be hard working, reliable and diligent in all aspects of your role, a good understanding of mathematics is also required.

The training you will be getting

  • Awareness of health and safety regulations, relevance to the occupation and the Machinist's responsibilities. Health and Safety at Work Act; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH); Working in Confined Spaces; Lone Working; Provision of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER); Electrical Safety and Compliance; Noise Regulation; Slips Trips and Falls; Display Screen Equipment; The Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), Manual Handling, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), risk assessments and method statements and the implications of not adhering to guidelines and procedures.
  • Awareness of hazardous waste regulations; Recyclable materials and waste disposal procedures and the implications of not complying with regulations and procedures.
  • Awareness of environment and sustainability regulations, relevance to the occupation and the Machining Technician's responsibilities. Environmental Protection Act; Sustainability; Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE); Energy monitoring; Data logging to optimise energy performance; The Climate Change Agreements; Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).
  • Engineering representations, drawings, graphical information and specifications.
  • Engineering mathematical and scientific principles: calculations, conversions.
  • Planning techniques, time management, workflow, work scheduling, work plans, documents and work categorisation systems.
  • Engineering materials and their structure, properties and characteristics; impact on use, how and why engineering materials can fail.
  • Awareness of engineering standards and regulations: British Standards (BS); International Organisation for Standardisation standards (ISO); European Norm (EN); Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Tooling and work-holding devices: purpose and operation of devices for carrying out complex machining tasks.
  • Engineering machining processes tools and equipment: Milling; Turning; Grinding; Electro Discharge Machine (EDM); Gear Cutting.
  • Machining operations and techniques to produce complex components.
  • Quality assurance: principles, practices and record keeping.
  • Fault finding, diagnostic methods and techniques for identifying engineering and manufacturing problems. Escalation techniques.
  • Use and application of measurement, calibration and testing equipment.
  • Communication techniques: verbal. Machining industry terminology.
  • Documentation - electronic and paper.
  • Housekeeping and maintenance practices and techniques: planned, preventative and predictive methods, frequency, and reactive activities.
  • How organisations vary regarding their work, culture, values and production processes in the Machining industry.
  • Inspection processes and procedures; documentation and escalation.
  • Technological development and innovation in the machining sector; Industry 4.0; digitalisation.
  • Continuous improvement principles and practices: Lean; Six Sigma; Kaizen.
  • Equality, diversity, and inclusion requirements in the workplace.
  • Stock and services considerations. Availability, stock lead times. Correct handling. Stock value. Faulty stock and returns process.


  • Comply with statutory health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Comply with environmental, ethical and sustainability regulations and procedures: safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials and efficient use of resources.
  • Prepare and set up conventional or CNC machines.
  • Operate and adjust conventional or CNC machines.
  • Apply risk assessment and hazard identification processes and procedures in the work area.
  • Monitor, obtain and check stock and supplies, and complete stock returns.
  • Record information - paper based or electronic. For example, energy usage, job sheets, risk assessments, equipment service records, test results, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, asset management records, work sheets, checklists, waste environmental records and any legal reporting requirements.
  • Read and interpret information. For example, data and documentation used to produce machined components.
  • Apply engineering, mathematical and scientific principles.
  • Plan and organise own work and resources.
  • Follow and apply inspection, quality assurance procedures and processes.
  • Select machining process.
  • Select and setup tooling and work holding devices.
  • Set and adjust machine operating parameters. For example, setting feeds and speeds for roughing and finishing operations, downloading and editing programmes when using a CNC machine tool.
  • Apply machining operations and techniques to produce complex components with features. For example, parallel; stepped; angular diameters and faces; grooves; slots; recesses and undercuts; radii and chamfers; internal and external forms and profiles; reamed; bored; drilled and electro eroded holes; internal and external screw threads.
  • Measure and check components.
  • Select and check condition of tools and equipment. Identify issues, resolve and take action as needed.
  • Identify and action issues in the manufacturing process.
  • Apply fault-finding and diagnostic testing procedures to identify faults. Diagnose and resolve issues. Escalate issues.
  • Maintain the work area and return any resources and consumables.
  • Communicate with others verbally. For example, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Follow machine shut down, safe isolation, handover, start up or warm up procedures. Escalate issues.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques. Devise suggestions for improvement.
  • Apply ethical principles.
  • Apply team working principles.


  • Prioritise health and safety.
  • Act ethically.
  • Take responsibility for work.
  • Team-focus to meet work goals, for example, work effectively with others, resolves issues in discussion with others.
  • Committed to continued professional development (CPD) to maintain and enhance competence in their own area of practice.
  • Support an equality, diverse and inclusive culture.

For the machining technician, The qualification(s) required is:

  • EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge) or
  • Pearson BTEC L3 diploma in Advanced manufacturing engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge) or
  • City and Guilds Machining technician (1273)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is a possibility of a future job role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent maths (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

Working Days: Monday to Thursday Working Times: 7am to 5.30pm with 30 minute lunch break Holiday - 28 days including bank holidays annual leave. Free onsite car parking. Free uniform. Company pension scheme. Staff bonus scheme.

About the employer

D P Engineering Ltd (D P Eng.) is a precision subcontract engineering company establish in 1952 by David Paull and is providing high quality parts to many differing industry sectors such oil and gas, aerospace, pneumatic, marine, nuclear, medical, defence and leisure and tourism. The company is equipped to service all industry large or small scale where high quality machined products are sought and prides itself of the bespoke state of the art engineering service it offers.




Treleigh Industrial Estate



TR16 4AX

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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

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, you must register with GetMyFirstJob and then follow the instructions to complete your application.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 05 Jun 2024