Typical job roles

Machinist manufacture precision components on a lathe or milling machine. A skilled Machinist has the ability to follow drawings and accurately replicate component parts that will keep a production plant running or which are sold to customers. Traditional machining utilises a manual lathe or milling machine, which usually requires continuous operator attention.

CNC machining refers to the automated machining process of shaping material, such as metal, wood or plastic, using a computer numeric control (CNC) machine. In contrast to a manual machine, CNC machining allows for multiple cutting actions to be completed automatically.


Typical Tasks

  • Obtains job card or work order
  • Carrying out user checks on machinery
  • Loading and clamping tools and materials into machine
  • Operating machinery safely
  • Unloading and inspecting finished components to ensure required specification
  • Cleaning down machinery and disposing of waste materials

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Math’s for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard


Typical duration

42-48 months


Career/progression opportunities

Lead Machinist, Production Supervisor, Production Manager.


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