Level 3 Machining technician

Overview of the role

Setting up machines prior to production as well as monitoring and correcting them as needed.

Course Details


Occupational Level: 3


42 months

Details of standard

Occupation summary

This occupation is found in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) sector. AME includes Aerospace, Automotive, Maritime Defence, Nuclear and Construction sectors. Machining technicians produce complex and precision machined products that are typically used in machinery. For example, aeroplanes and vehicles. They can also produce bespoke components or products for domestic appliances or medical equipment. They use a variety of machines to carry out their work. For example, centre lathes, vertical and horizontal milling machines, horizontal and cylindrical grinding machines. Electro discharge machines, single and multi-axis Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine tools centres. Gear cutting and Gear Grinding machines. The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex and precision work by machining components. Components are machined from metal or specialist materials using conventional or CNC machine tools. Machining Technicians interpret information and plan their activities. They also set up, operate, adjust or edit machine tool settings. When using CNC equipment, they can produce, prove or edit programmes. They inspect components and machinery, report issues and support continuous improvement activities. They typically work in a manufacturing environment. Depending on the organisation, they may be required to work at height or work shifts.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other Machining Technicians. They also interact with various stakeholders. They typically report to an engineering or manufacturing team leader. Typically, this would be as part of a defined or cross functional team. They may also interact with customers, suppliers, colleagues, quality auditors and regulators. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their work. They also must work efficiently and be productive in the work they undertake. They must work both individually and as part of a larger team. They must work within the relevant health, safety and environmental regulations. This includes the use of appropriate protective clothing and equipment. They are responsible for the correct use and housekeeping of machinery, tools and equipment. All work must be completed in a safe and efficient manner as directed by supervisory staff.


Typical job titles include:

Centre lathe turner Cnc centre lathe turner Cnc edm machinist technician Cnc gear cutter Cnc gear cutter and grinder Cnc horizontal borer Cnc machinist Cnc machinist (miller turner or grinder) Cnc machinist programmer Cnc vertical borer Conventional vertical borer Edm machinist technician Gear cutter Gear cutter and grinder Horizontal borer Machining technician Machinist Manual machinist (miller turner or grinder) Precision engineer

  • Duty 1 Conduct safety checks and performance monitoring for machining, associated equipment and surrounding work area.
  • Duty 2 Receive, read and interpret engineering data and documentation, engineering drawings and technical data. Contribute to or plan the days machining schedule.
  • Duty 3 Check and inspect materials to be machined to ensure that they conform to quality standards. Identify and report any issues or faults such as incorrect grades, dimensions and thicknesses.
  • Duty 4 Plan and prepare sequence for the machining activities. Ensure that the correct tooling, work holding, and materials are used. This applies to conventional complex or CNC complex machining tasks.
  • Duty 5 Set up, operate, adjust or edit conventional or CNC machining equipment settings and programmes for the machine tool being used.
  • Duty 6 Machine high-quality complex components using a broad range of processes. For example, internal or external thread cutting, slots and pockets, internal or external under cutting. Also profile forms, tapered and eccentric diameters, bored holes, and tee slots.
  • Duty 7 Inspect components produced. Adjust the machining equipment or programme and tooling to ensure components meet quality requirements.
  • Duty 8 Identify, communicate and report issues affecting machining component quality, quantity and deadlines.
  • Duty 9 Complete machining documentation at all stages of the work activity. For example, standard operational procedures, control documentation and contribution to audits.
  • Duty 10 Maintain and restore the machining work area, performing housekeeping and waste management as appropriate. Ensure tools, unused materials and equipment are returned to a safe, clean and approved condition on completion of machining work.
  • Duty 11 Keep stakeholders for example, customers, colleagues and line managers informed about machining work.
  • Duty 12 Perform scheduled daily inspection and machine shut down or safe isolation.
  • Duty 13 Support continuous improvement activity to address business problems.
ST1305, machining technician level 3

This summary page outlines the information that you and your employer need to know about your end-point assessment (EPA). You and your employer should also read the end-point assessment plan for the full details including roles and responsibilities, assessment method requirements and re-sits and re-takes.

What is an end-point assessment and why it happens

An EPA is an assessment at the end of the apprenticeship. It assesses your competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) on the occupational standard. You will have been trained on them during your training, both on and off the job. The EPA is your chance to show an independent assessor you can do the occupation you have been trained for. Your employer will only recommend you start the EPA when you have finished your training and both your employer and you think you are ready. Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should provide you with support on what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA. 

The typical length of the on-programme (training) part of this apprenticeship is 42 months. The end-point assessment period will typically last 3 months.

The grades available for this apprenticeship are:

Practical demonstration with questions

  • fail
  • pass

Interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Knowledge test

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

At the end of the apprenticeship, and having passed the EPA, you will be awarded with your apprenticeship certificate.


The gateway is the point when all on-programme training and any mandatory qualification requirements have been met. When you have completed your training and your employer says you are competent in your occupation, you enter the gateway. The EPAO will check any mandatory qualifications are complete. They will tell you how to submit any necessary documents (for example, a portfolio). After the EPAO confirms that you have met all the requirements, the EPA starts.  


When you reach the gateway, you need to complete the following: 

  • have achieved English and mathematics qualifications (including those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement) as specified by the apprenticeship funding rules. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.
  • passed any other mandated qualifications listed in the occupational standard. For the machining technician, The qualification(s) required is: EAL L3 Extended diploma in Machining (Development Knowledge) or Pearson BTEC L3 diploma in Advanced manufacturing engineering (Machining) (Development Technical Knowledge) or City and Guilds Machining technician (1273)
  • for the interview underpinned by a portfolio of evidence you must submit: portfolio of evidence
  • for the practical assessment with questions the EPAO must discuss with the employer the suitable machine(s) type and components produced by the apprentice in the workplace in the normal course of the role. The EPAO will then use this information to select an appropriate assessment task from a bank of tasks that have been developed in consultation with employers. The apprentice and employer are not to be told the machine type and component to be produced in advance of the assessment

Where geometric tolerances are appropriate to the specific features these will be set by the EPAO in accordance with the practical demonstration task

Portfolio of evidence requirement

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship. It should only contain evidence related to the KSBs that will be assessed by this assessment method. It will typically contain 8 discrete pieces of evidence drawn from at least 3 separate job packs or reports. Evidence must be mapped against the KSBs. Evidence may be used to demonstrate more than one KSB; a qualitative as opposed to quantitative approach is suggested.


Evidence sources may include:

  • workplace documentation and records, for example:
  • workplace policies and procedures
  • witness statements
  • annotated photographs
  • video clips (maximum total duration 10 minutes); the apprentice must be in view and identifiable

This is not a definitive list; other evidence sources can be included.

The portfolio of evidence should not include reflective accounts or any methods of self-assessment. Any employer contributions should focus on direct observation of performance (for example, witness statements) rather than opinions. The evidence provided should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the portfolio of evidence should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The EPAO should not assess the portfolio of evidence directly as it underpins the interview. Independent assessors should review the portfolio of evidence to prepare questions for the interview assessment method. They are not required to provide feedback after this review.

What’s Included

Expert instruction from Industry served Instructors

Easy to follow video resources

E-Portfolio for instruction, support, and progress management

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