Mechanical Machinist

Mechanical Machinist – Level 3

If a mechanical component has to be manufactured accurately with a good surface finish to fit or move with another component, such as the components in a car engine, gearbox or aeroplane engine then someone who has trained as a machinist will have made or manufactured it. CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining may also form part of your course.

What Will Be Covered:

You will receive comprehensive off the job training across a range of trade disciplines.

Training will be practical using industrial equipment, tools and machinery found in the workplace.

You will initially learn to set and operate manual machines e.g. lathes and milling machines to cut materials such as steel, brass, aluminium and plastics. Working from engineering drawings you will produce machined parts accurate to 0.01mm. Once competent on manual machines you will learn the skills required to programme and set Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines.

Career Opportunities

A skilled competent machinist is a valuable asset to a company, is paid well and can work anywhere in the world, working for small family businesses or multi-national companies. Machinists often move on to be Production Engineers, estimating, planning, progressing, inspecting work, developing production methods or designing tooling and jigs. Machinists can also move into sales or management positions often becoming Managing Director’s of their own company.

Entry requirements:

3 GCSE’s A-C including Maths, English & ICT

Additional study:

If you do not hold the relevant GCSE’s you will need to complete the Function Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. You will also cover topics relating to Employer Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning, Thinking and Skills.

Location and Assessor Frequency:

1st year of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job and based within the training Centre at NETA training. The remaining duration of the programme will be based on-site within the workplace and will be visited by a Competent Assessor on a timescale that is relevant to the Learner.


42-48 months

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