Engineering Machinist Apprenticeship Level 3

Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations
Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations


Machinists in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and precision work, machining components from specialist materials using conventional and/or CNC machine tools such as centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines, electro discharge machines, single and multi- axis CNC machine tools centres.

Apprentices will be required to attend college 1 day per week at our Luckyn Lane Campus to undertake both practical and theoretical training..

Skills covered within this apprenticeship may include:

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical contribution to either the design, development, quality assurance, manufacture, installation, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

  • Employed in a trade/industry related to the apprenticeship.
  • Age restrictions: 16+ 
  • GCSE Maths Grade C/4 or Functional Skill in Maths Level 2
  • GCSE English Language Grade C/4 or Functional Skill in English Level 2
  • Working in a job role such as a Machinist

Course Structure

  • Practical Training Period – 45 months
  • Assessment Period – 3 months



  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)

Some of the elements that you will complete as part of your apprenticeship include:

  • read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce machined components
  • determine the most efficient and effective approach to machine the component using a range of tools, machining process and Techniques
  • select and set up the correct tooling and work holding devices
  • set and adjust the machine operating parameters to produce the work pieces to the required specification. This will involve setting feeds and speeds for roughing and finishing operations
  • select and use a range of measuring and testing equipment to check components are to the required quality and accuracy
  • produce complex and specialist components as a one off test and trial work piece and/or producing components in small or large batches
  • contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures

Assessment & Feedback

Apprenticeship Standard

Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).

What Next...

Apprentices that successfully complete this apprenticeship would be able to continue in to higher education.

At the end of your apprenticeship, the college will work with you and your employer to help you to progress to next level of training or gain full-time employment.