Apprentice CNC Machinist (Responsive Engineering)

Responsive Engineering Group Ltd

General Description

Responsive Engineering are looking for apprentices to start their engineering journey in September 2022.

Main Duties

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • 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
  • Learn to read engineering drawings
  • Learn to set and operate CNC machines (including setting the cutting speeds and choosing the correct tooling)
  • Learn to program CNC machines using different controls
  • Learn to carry out changes to programmes
  • Learn to problem solve machine issues
  • Learn about housekeeping and daily maintenance checks in the work area
  • Ensure all working practices and procedures are followed at all times
  • Understand and complete all work-related documentation accurately and on time
  • Undertake any other duties in line with capabilities
  • Maintenance and safe working practices and use of PPE

Requirements & Prospects

Desired Skills
  • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
  • Hard working
  • Reliable
  • Willing to learn
  • Motivated
Personal Qualities
  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Candidates must be hardworking, committed, and motivated
  • Reliable and punctual with the ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • A pro-active approach to learning and work is essential
  • Good problem-solving skills
Desired Qualifications

The candidate must have GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English Language

Future Prospects

Full time position on completion of the Apprenticeship

About the Employer

In 2000 Responsive Engineering Group is formed under Express Group. Responsive Engineering Group brought together businesses already existing within Express Group – Weldex, Press-Ex, Streamline and a new company, Kingsway Precision.

Just 3 years later, in 2003 Responsive Engineering Group demerges from Express Group, taking Weldex, Pressex (formerly Press-Ex), Streamline and Kingsway Precision with them. These four businesses allowed Responsive to offer an unusually diverse amount of services including welding, fabrication, cutting, assembly, testing and pressing.

In April 2008 Responsive Engineering Group acquires Exact Engineering from Express Group, and in August of the same year Responsive merges Exact Engineering with Kingsway Precision. This furthers Responsive’s machining and engineering capabilities.

November 2012 sees Responsive Engineering Group acquired by Reece Group, a widely successful and family run business established as Soil Machine Dynamics in the early 1980’s. This leads to Responsive merging with an existing Reece Group company, Pearson Engineering Services, to form Responsive Engineering.

In 2014 Responsive Engineering moves to Armstrong works in Newcastle, a 33,300m² facility that has been a central part of British engineering for over 160 years. The historic Armstrong Works has been dubbed ‘Vickers Tank Factory’ and the ‘workshop of the world’ by many, due to its involvement in the production of ships, trains, and of course, tanks – a range of which can still be seen on display within the factory today.

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Armstrong Works

Scotswood Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne

NE15 6UX

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Weekly Wage

£ Competitive salary

Expected Duration

48 months

Possible Start Date

6 Sep, 2022

Working Week

37 hours per week (Monday – Thursday 07.30 – 16.00 & Friday 07.30 – 12.30)



Apprenticeship Level

Level 3

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Closing date: 1 May, 2022

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