Apprentice Machining Technician


Greater Manchester, M13 9PL

Closes in 3 days (Friday 26 July)

Posted on 13 June 2024


The Technical Apprenticeship Programme will provide you with the ability to become the best version of yourself, taking your career with full support to the next level. As a Machining Technician at The University of Manchester, you will work in modern workshops with state-of-art equipment and highly skilled colleagues.

Annual wage
£22,214 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 Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm (variable times to suit workplace requirements). 1 hour for lunch.

35 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 9 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

  • In addition to your level 3 apprenticeship qualification, We offer a unique programme filled to the brim with hands-on training and a range of industry-leading qualifications
  • BTEC Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

All training provided, including producing components, CAD drawings, sheet metal, hand fitting, CNC programming, all whilst embedding knowledge through a level 3 Machine Technician qualification providing you with the skills, experience, and qualifications to develop professional etiquette and performance in a highly competitive sector. 

You will spend a mixture of time working alongside a block and day release course to gain the technical skills required to carry out your duties as a Machining Technician. We will provide you with all the necessary tools and equipment, uniform, and robust training to make this the apprenticeship of your choice. 

Where you’ll work

Oxford Road


Greater Manchester

M13 9PL


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:

    • English (grade 4)
    • Mathematics (grade 4)

    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Science (grade 4)

    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
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Strong work-ethic
    • Desire to progress

    Other requirements

    We are strongly committed to promoting equality, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility and encourage all applicants to apply. Our university is positive about flexible working, blended working arrangements may be considered.

    About this company

    One of the world’s leading universities built on research and teaching practices, coupled with one of the most respected apprenticeship programmes in the UK. Our programme builds its success’s year-on-year and continues to develop, matching the needs of the university and our community. We are proud of our strong reputation, supporting each of our apprentices with individualised training, specialised projects, and targeted development to build a future career at the cutting edge of technology. (opens in new tab)

    Disability Confident

    Disability Confident

    A fair proportion of interviews for this apprenticeship will be offered to applicants with a disability or long-term health condition. This includes non-visible disabilities and conditions.

    You can choose to be considered for an interview under the Disability Confident scheme. You’ll need to meet the essential requirements to be considered for an interview.

    After this apprenticeship

    Upon completion of the apprenticeship in 4 years’ time, you will have a portfolio of key machining skills and a wealth of varied, relevant experience.

    Most apprentices are successful in securing a role with the university or choose to continue their academic studies. Opportunities to progress onto a higher apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship exist for high-performing candidates upon completion of their first apprenticeship with us. Whilst we cannot guarantee a permanent position at the University of Manchester, we endeavour to match apprentices with appropriate vacancies and support them through the entire application process.

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000257812.

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