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Apprentice Engineer - Wickman setter Flowflex Components Ltd

The wickman sections purpose is to machine brass rod using wickman multi spindle machines, into finished components, using drilling, turning, recessing, marking and threading tools. Typical operations carried out by the wickman section are:

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Closing date: 11 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    The job will be days-based hours of 8:00am to 16:00pm at Flowflex, day and times to be arranged for attending College.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    48 months

  • Possible start date

    06 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    09 Jun 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

•Preparation of a machine for changeover, washing down, tidying the area, removing tooling and returning it to location.
•Organising the tooling for a new job, removing from location, setting up and tool grinding as required.
•Installing drilling and turning tooling into the machine.
•Setting strokes, feeds and speeds for individual units and attachments.
•Setting up threading attachments for internal and external threads.
•Setting up recessing units.
•CNC programming.
•Ensuring a machine is set up to produce a finished part, that is within the sizes and tolerances specified by the engineeringdrawing for that part.
•Use of gauges and measuring equipment to achieve the above.
•Complete and comply with all documentation required by our internal procedures and quality standards.
•Free hand grinding of Taps and Drills.
•Thread Chaser grinding and set up using the relevant Jigs and tools.
•Basic fault finding on all machines.
•Basic maintenance tasks, replacing drive belts and motors etc.
•Repairs, regrinds and replacement of damaged tooling.
•Provide assistance and guidance to the Operators running the machines.
•When a sufficient level of training has been achieved, be able to run a shift.
•Train others to a high standard.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We are looking for a dynamic, forward-thinking and safety conscious individual to join the Wickman department and complement the team.

An awareness of the importance of completing Setting tasks in good time, without compromising the quality of work, is essential, especially as we are a high volume producer working to tight deadlines under pressure.
The job will require the apprentice to work well with a team of people, but ultimately be able to function on their own once training is completed.

Personal qualities

The candidate must have a passion for Engineering and be able to absorb and have an interest in the technology and skills relating to multiple Engineering disciplines.

Desired qualifications

GCSE Maths & English 4/C or above.

Future prospects

We are committed to the continual development of our technical staff, so it would be expected that a successful candidate, post apprenticeship, would continue with training focused on gaining an in-depth knowledge of the machinery and working towards possibly fulfilling a Supervisory role, if one becomes available and the candidate has the aptitude and desire for this.
Progression to a HNC or Degree course would be considered in the future, based on merit and the requirements of the company.

Things to consider

Please consider how you will get to and from work each day.

About the employer

Founded in 1954, Flowflex remains a family business with manufacturing facilities in Buxton, Derbyshire. Our business is founded on an ethos that champions integrity, transparency, support and exceptional quality, ensuring we excel in everything we produce.

As a leading British Manufacturer, we supply our products all around the world, providing outstanding quality of manufacture alongside the technical support required by many of our customers.

Our fittings, valves and components have been installed in many of the world’s most prestigious projects and continue to provide the reliability our customers rely upon.


Flowflex Components Ltd


Samuel Blaser Works Unit 9

Dew Pond Lane


SK17 7LR

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by University Of Derby


Apprenticeships Team +448000740099

Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through Buxton & Leek College

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 11 Aug 2022