Mechanical Engineering Apprentice


Rochdale, OL11 2PF

Closes on Monday 26 August

Posted on 6 June 2024


Farrel Ltd is offering an exciting opportunity to join their team as a Machining Apprentice. This is a great opportunity to develop new skills and build a career. The successful applicant will become a competent member of the Machining Team. A machinist apprentice can set up tools such as milling machines, grinders, lathes, and drilling machines.

Annual wage
£12,313.60 a year

Minimum wage rates (opens in new tab)

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 – 8.30 am to 4.00 pm Friday - 8.30 am to 3.00 pm

37 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 1 September


3 Years 6 Months

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

  • Training will be on-site at Rochdale Training for the first year of your Apprenticeship.
  • Machining Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard
  •  L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge)
  • City and Guilds Machining technician 

Where you’ll work

27 Queensway



OL11 2PF


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 & English (grade Grade 6 & Above)

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


    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Number skills
    • Creative
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    Training will be on-site at Rochdale Training for the first year of your Apprenticeship.

    About this company

    Farrel Limited are a part of the HF Mixing Group, which develops and produces machines for the plastics and rubber industry. Farrel Limited have been based on Queensway, Rochdale for more than 100 years and employ in excess of 150 people, many of which are from the local area. In recent years, the site has benefited from considerable investment from the parent company and has made significant improvements to the building, machinery & technology. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • Candidates who show the right attitudes and behaviors will be supported to progress and study to NVQ L4 or higher

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Nathan Finn

    01706 631 417

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000255981.

    Apply now

    Closes on Monday 26 August

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