Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Apprentice


Essex, RM3 8UH

Closes in 2 days (Friday 26 July)

Posted on 5 June 2024


The apprentice will be working within a small team doing day to day tasks to manufacture products to specifications using techniques such as CNC and conventional machining, bench fitting, fabrication and inspection processes. The successful applicants will be expected to adhere to Health and Safety regulations at all times.

Annual wage
£14,703 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Machining technician (level 3)
Monday to Thursday: 08:00 - 17:00 with a 30 minute break. Friday: 08:00 - 13:00.

39 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 9 September


4 Years

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • The apprentice will be working towards the Level 3 Machining Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Qualifications include: EAL Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (Development Competence), EAL Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence) and EAL Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • This is a 4 year apprenticeship with college attendance required once per week.  The first year is at Braintree campus and years 2 to 4 are at Colchester campus
  • Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

Where you’ll work

1 Ashton Road





An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Machining technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • 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, loading, proving and validating programs 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.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths and English (grade A*-C/9-4)

    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • 5 GCSE's, including Maths, English and Science (grade A*-C/9-4)
    • Mechanical Engineering (grade Pass)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    This is a very hands-on role, working on the shop floor and will involve standing/being on your feet for sustained periods. Staff benefits include: Benenden Healthcare – employee contribution scheme. Employee Assistance Programme. Holidays, initially 23 days plus bank holidays (increases to 26 days in the fifth year of employment). Family Friendlier working hours (some flexibility possible on start / finish times and shorter working day on Fridays). Life Assurance (four times salary). Pension Scheme (If eligible - Company Contribution 3%). Whirlpool Discount Scheme. On-site parking. Employee recognition scheme. Employee referral scheme.

    About this company

    With over 40 years’ experience, XCEL Aerospace is a leader in delivering manufacturing excellence within the global aerospace market. Our strong reputation as a world class supplier of manufactured aerospace components supports thousands of flight hours every year. We support customers to reduce supply chain risk by providing high quality components and assembly parts, on time, in full and at competitive prices. We support our customers to perform and grow, and together we deliver excellence. As a highly driven and motivated business, we understand and value the importance of trust and integrity when nurturing relationships with our customers. Our commitment to maintaining our knowledge-rich, excellence-focused culture is part of our goal to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with you. We drive high standards in service quality which elevates us above other key players in our industry. We currently employ 54 team members at our site in Romford. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    The expected career progression after this apprenticeship could include:

    • CNC Miller/Setter/Operator
    • CNC Turner/Setter/Operator
    • Highly skilled Miller/Turner
    • Deputy Cell Leader
    • Cell Leader
    • Manufacturing Engineer

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Colchester Institute - Apprenticeships Team


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000255310.

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    Closes in 2 days (Friday 26 July)

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