Mechanical – 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:

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. You will also learn how to read drawings, measure and mark out, how to use hand tools and about drilling. You will also be taught how to fault find and how to dismantle and reassemble Mechanical and Fluid Power systems.

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 Directors of their own company. Mechanical fitters can go on to be engineers or project managers working in the manufacturing, oil, gas and petro-chemical industries. Their skill level often makes them the first choice for management positions.

Entry Requirements:

3 GCSEs, A-C including Maths, English & ICT.

Additional Study:

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

Location and Assess Or Frequency:

1st year of the apprenticeship will be off-the-job and based within NETA’s training Centre. The remaining duration of the programme will be based on-site within the workplace and you will be visited by a Competent Assessor.


42-48 months.

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