I Knibb & Son

Machine Shop Apprentice - Higher (Level 4)

I Knibb & Son (Employer)

Truro and Penwith College (Training Provider)

Weekly wage £253.50
39.0 hours per week The working week is Monday to Thursday
45 months (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
Engineering Manufacturing Technician (apprenticeship standard)
5 May 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

The successful candidate would be working alongside well established industry specialist to learn and develop skills in multiple types of heavy machinery working a 4 day week Monday to Thursday.


The successful candidate would be working to become a specialist on a whole range of machinery including: manual and automatic lathes, radial drills, milling machines, and other bespoke production equipment. Once proficient with these industrial tools successful candidate would work with CNC machinery for larger scale projects.

Future Prospects

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is a possibility of a future job role.

Skills Required

  • Basic understanding of Health and safety in the workplace
  • Clear ability to see tasks completed to a high standard and accuracy

Qualities Required

  • Keen to learn
  • Motivated
  • Passionate
  • Team player

Qualifications Required

  • GSCE Grade C (Grade 4) or above in maths and English


  • Own transport required due to location

Training Provided

Who is the course for?

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. They must be able to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering drawings, technical data and computer-generated programmes. They will be expected to be able set up, operate and adjust/edit equipment settings as applicable to the machine tool being used. When using CNC equipment, they will be expected to be able to produce, prove and/or edit programmes. During and on completion of the machining operations they will be expected to measure and check the components being produced and adjust the equipment/programme to ensure components meet the required specification. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Programme content Knowledge

  • Understand mathematical techniques, formula and calculation involved in the machining processes such as speeds and feeds, calculating angles/tapers, material removal
  • Understand the practical and theoretical uses of the machines used, and their applications
  • Understand 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


  • 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


  • Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics
  • Comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, always work diligently, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges
  • Comply with any organisational policies/codes of conduct in relation to ethical compliance
  • Work effectively in teams. Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their actions on other people and the business
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Focus on quality and problem solving
  • Continuous personal development. Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice
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