Amazing opportunity to join this high-tech engineering company primarily working in aerospace. Using the latest technology, in this wide-ranging apprenticeship you will learn to programme, set and operate computer-controlled machine tools to produce high precision complex components.

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Closing date: 28 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Year 1 under 18 £7.70 per hour (£281 pw) – Year 1 over 18 £8.30 per hour (£303)

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday 08:00 - 16:30 (30-minutes break) Friday 08:00 - 12:30 (no break)

    Total hours per week: 36.5

  • Expected duration

    45 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    31 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As a CNC machinist with Atlantic, you will:

  • Learn to programme, set and operate computer-controlled machine tools
  • Using fixtures/chucks/work-holding devices
  • Machining different types of materials and their properties
  • Setting and checking cutting tools
  • Measurement of components (metrology)
  • Reading drawings and working in both metric and imperial
  • Understanding machine tool feeds and speeds
  • Using cutting fluids in machining and working safely in engineering

The training you will be getting

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved the following mandatory qualification:

  • EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)  

Workplace qualification:

  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering NVQ (Level 3 Diploma)  

The final apprenticeship completion certificate will be issued on achievement of the above qualification and successful completion of end point assessment.

This will include on-site training at Atlantic Precision and at Farnborough College.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

To become a fully trained and qualified CNC Machinist Technician with Atlantic Precision.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths (Grade 4/5 C and above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science, ICT (Grade 4/5 C and above) Desired

Things to consider

An interest in how things work and how they are made. You must have a flexible attitude, the ability to get on with others and most importantly, be keen to learn. You will be committed and motivated to complete college and NVQ assignments. Enthusiasm, ability to see projects through to completion. Ambitious, self-motivated and inquisitive. Conscientious and diligent and able to work on own initiative. As with all apprenticeships, this requires a long-term commitment – there will be assignments and logbook entries to complete. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a top company, whilst you work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

About the employer

Atlantic Precision Engineering is a well-established company with over 50 years background and experience of providing a precision manufacturing service to the aerospace and most major industrial sectors.







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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


Pauline Jones

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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