Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Standard

A four year programme to NVQ Level 3.

Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Standard 

Role Profile
 
Machinists in the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering sector are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex 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. They will be expected to be able set up, operate, adjust and edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used. When using CNC equipment, machinists will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations, apprentices will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and make adjustments to the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification.

Specific Specialist Knowledge and Skills

Specific Specialist Knowledge:

  • The ability to understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculation involved in the machining processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers, and material removal
  • Apprentices must understand the practical and theoretical uses of the machines used, and their applications.
  • An understanding of the work-holding devices, cutting tools, and setting up procedures, in adequate depth to provide a sound basis for carrying out the activities, correcting faults and ensuring the work output is to the required specification

Specific Specialist Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce machined components
  • The apprentice will be able to determine the most efficient and effective approach to machine the component using a range of tools, machining process and techniques
  • Ability to select and set up the correct tooling and work holding devices
  • The apprentice will be required to 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
  • Ability to understand the range of measuring and testing equipment to check components are to the required quality and accuracy
  • The apprentice will be able to produce complex and specialist components as a one off test and trial work piece and/or producing components in small or large batches
  • The apprentice will contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures
Mandatory Qualifications
 
After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Machining (Foundation Knowledge)
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) - Machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge)​

 

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