What will the apprentice be doing?
A mechanical machinist apprentice will use novel and technology-enabled processes to contribute to the manufacture of mechanical parts and assemblies. This supports a broad range of engineering requirements on both large and small precise sizes using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) and conventional machining techniques.
A Department funded level 3 machinist apprentice will undertake 4 years paid training, supervised by the Research Council. If successful in this opportunity, we will offer a position within one of two department-exclusive apprenticeships. This will consist of the following roles:
Manufacturing Facilities- Apprentice Engineering Machinist
As a member of the Manufacturing Facilities Group, the apprenticeship will be in a team that provides manufacturing bespoke solutions to the wider body of the scientific community here at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and for our global partners. As a workshop based role, full training will be provided in all aspects of manufacture within the groups capabilities, starting at manual machining, progressing to CNC and EDM (Electro Discharge Machining). You will work from engineering drawings and engage with the end users of the scientific projects directly. Additional training outside of the apprenticeship units will be provided to support all the requirements within the Manufacturing Facilities Group.
The Manufacturing Facilities Group also encompasses Dimensional Metrology, Additive Manufacture, Outside Procurement of manufactured components and a Detector Build Facility. At times during the apprenticeship you will have some exposure to these functions.
RAL Space Precision Development Facility- Apprentice Engineering Machinist
RAL Space has around 350 staff and carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. RAL Space has had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operates at the forefront of UK space research.
The Precision Development Facility manufacture components for an outstanding diversity of fields, including some which are currently travelling through space on a comet, or part of highly complex instrumentation required for the next generation of Earth observation instruments. The novel processes and the intricacy of the work performed can be likened to techniques deployed in fine watchmaking. Typically, components are a few cm in size, with machined features accurate to a few µm in a modern environment, on highly advanced machinery. The apprenticeship will take on a progressive journey that will introduce you to interpreting and understanding technical drawings and the safe use and operation of a myriad of machines that will enable you to produce parts to specification.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
You will undertake a four year Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship, following pathway 9. Machinist on a day release basis at a local college.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Once completed, the apprentices will be able to apply for roles and there may be an opportunity to continue their learning and career development
Reality CheckYou will be required to attend and complete the required nationally recognised training courses. This will involve attendance at local educational establishments on a day release basis.
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Initiative, Ability to follow instructions, Able to work independently, Able to work as part of a team
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 4 (Grade C) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 4 (Grade C) or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade Level 4 (Grade C) or above) Essential