As part of the manufacturing unit, the candidate will operate CNC machinery to produce parts to high specifications and oversee the full cycle of production from interpretation of technical drawings to the final quality check. The role will be pivotal in enhancing the organisation's operational efficiency and output quality.

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

    Monday - Friday. Your start and finish times, including your shift pattern will be determined by the employing company.

    Total hours per week: 39

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    16 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Role and responsibilities:

  • Programme, set up and operate CNC machines, lathes and millers
  • Read and interpret technical drawings and design models to create parts within tolerance
  • Adjust machine settings and offsets to complete tasks accurately, according to specifications, and in a timely fashion
  • Perform routine machine maintenance and troubleshoot issues to ensure high performance and reliability
  • Conduct quality control tests during and after production to ensure products meet strict standards
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment according to company protocols
  • Collaborate with other team members to optimise production processes

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, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Grade C or 4) Essential

About the employer

Coltech Precision Engineering was established in 2010 to supply an affordable engineering solution to Sheffield and the surrounding areas. Since then, careful investment in the latest machining technologies and a committed work ethos has seen the company expand and we are now able to offer the same excellent service throughout the UK. What we do We offer an unparalleled combination of quality and affordability. By partnering with machine manufacturers such as Star UK and Nakamura, we are able to offer an exceptional level of automatic and 'lights out' manufacturing capabilities. Our Staff As well as our experienced employees, we have a proven track record of developing apprentices, many of whom have come from some of the most prestigious engineering training facilities in the UK including the AMRC - the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.




Goliath Works 395 Petre Street


S4 8LN

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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