Norbar Torque Tools Limited

Apprentice CNC Machinist - Advanced (Level 3)

Norbar Torque Tools Limited (Employer)

Engineering Trust Training Limited (Training Provider)

Annual wage £16,187.13
38.5 hours per week Monday-Friday Hours to be confirmed
42 months (duration)
1 August 2022(start date)
Engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
22 July 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Part of the Snap-on Group, Norbar Torque Tools Limited is the world leading specialist in torque and engage solely in the design, development and production of torque tightening and measuring equipment. Norbar are looking for an Apprentice CNC Machinist to join their team in Banbury, Oxford


What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To set and operate a number of manual and CNC machine tools, including Gear cutting machinery (both Hobbing and Shaping), vertical and horizontal machining Centres, Lathes and multi-axis, multi functional machines and Grinding machines to produce parts to the required standard and within prescribed times.  
  • You will also be required to program (where applicable) the aforementioned as and when required.  
  • The apprentice will need to have an understanding and appreciation of time constraints and the effect of overrunning from both a commercial and planning aspect.
  • To understand and interpret Engineering drawings including GD&T and to use a range of standard and special measuring equipment as well as working closely with QC to achieve high ‘First off’ pass rates and to liaise with QC to resolve issues and eliminate repeat failures.
  • To have an understanding of both cutting tool (including Grinding Wheels) and component materials and their effect on productivity.
  •  The importance of correct tool selection, an understanding of cutting tool conditions including rigidity, speeds, feeds, lubrication and their application and effect.  
  • Also, to understand tool failure and to recognise causes and take appropriate action to rectify.
  • To understand and apply safe and appropriate work holding methods and techniques to satisfy component requirements, including manual and automatic chucks, vices, direct clamping (to machine tables) and special jigs and fixtures.
  • All of the above to be carried out whilst observing all appropriate H&S regulations.
  • To perform general engineering departmental duties when required, including modifications, preparation of sales literature and artwork, operating and assembly instructions etc.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Engineering Technician - Toolmaker Apprenticeship Standard.

  • Company Training Plan & Assessment.
  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Foundation Competencies (full time at college for year 1)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Development Knowledge (1 day per week for 2 years at college)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering - Technical Support Technician - Development Competence (workplace)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - Maths (If required)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills - English (If required)
  • End Point Assessment at the end of the apprenticeship
  • Typical Duration 42 months

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Norbar actively develops employees for the long term future of the business, which may lead to a variety of roles including more technical roles. Towards the end of year 4, Norbar will consider CNC Machinists opportunities either on Days, Night, or Weekend shifts.




Reality Check

Under 18 (36.5 hour week) - £15,346.24, over 18+ (38.5 hour week) - £16,187.13 First year - College full time. From year 2 onwards hours will be 7:30 am to 4.30 pm (Monday to Thursday) and 7:30 am - 12.00 pm (Friday). Under 18's will work 8.00 am to 4.30 pm (Monday to Thursday) and 7.30 am to 12.00 pm (Friday)

Skills Required

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Keen interest in Engineering

Qualifications Required

GCSE or equivalent Min of Five GCSE's inc Eng, Sci, Maths (Grade 5-9 (C-A*)) Essential
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