Knight Farm Machinery Limited

Apprentice Engineering Machinist - Advanced (Level 3)

Knight Farm Machinery Limited (Employer)

Peterborough Regional College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £172.00
40.0 hours per week TBC - 8:00am to 4:30pm (with 45 minutes of breaks)
4 years (duration)
30 August 2021(start date)
Engineering Technician (apprenticeship standard)
25 June 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

The apprentice will be working with an experienced machinist operating a 3 axis CNC milling machine and a CNC lathe. You will be producing a variety of components for fabrication & assembly. Also work with fabrication & assembly staff to gain an appreciation of the production process.


The machinist will be working in the material preparation department with the experienced machinist and the saw operator. They will have the opportunity to work in other areas of the business working with sophisticated machinery and the latest 3D CAD software.

Machinist responsibilities:

  • Reading and interpreting engineering drawings
  • Programming CNC machines
  • Material stock control
  • Material preparation – cutting, drilling and tapping

Other responsibilities/opportunities:

Working with fabrication staff producing stock components and both production and bespoke fabrications.

Working on the assembly of self-propelled vehicles, crop sprayers and cultivators – involving hydraulics, pneumatics, and electronics.

Working with the engineering staff in supporting the manufacturing facility. This will involve drawing updates, stock control and system improvements.

Future Prospects

At the end of the training period the apprentice can expect to take significant responsibility for the day to day work within the machine shop. If successful in this role, the apprentice will have the opportunity to progress into a production supervisory role with greater responsibility for coordinating the department.

Reality Check

We’re based in a rural location so the apprentice will need to be able to travel to and from us.

Skills Required

The apprentice must possess good English and Mathematics ability in order to communicate smoothly in an engineering environment.

Qualities Required

The apprentice must work well in a team and be keen to learn. Be able to use Initiative and urgency would be prized. Good time keeping is also essential.

Qualifications Required

Minimum 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and a Science.

Training Provided

Attendance at college will be required.

  • Level 2 Diploma Foundation Competence Qualification
  • Level 3 Diploma Development Competence Qualification
  • Level 3 Diploma Development Technical Knowledge Qualification
  • A Machinist Technician Engineering Level 3 Qualification Graded at: Pass, Merit or Distinction
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