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Advanced Engineering Apprentice – CNC Machinist/Programmer - September 2019 Start Date

Long established and run by a strong, experienced management team to operate within the rail industry, Birmingham Specialities has built its reputation on both quality of service and technical expertise.

As an apprentice will be highly trained to work in the world of manufacturing, the initial training will be broad based leading to a first appointment as a CNC Machinist

This position will be best suited to applicants with good practical skills and an interest in engineering based projects.

As a trained CNC Machinist you will be responsible for producing a wide and diverse range of products produced from a variety of materials to include metals, composites and plastics.– Components will be used in a broad market sector to include Rail , Switchgear / Electrical, Construction and Automotive

Training will be provided by EEF and a process of mentoring from highly skilled Operators / Programmers

Trained Machinists will -:

  • Interpret Customer supplied component drawings supplied as hard copy or computer generated images
  • Work with 2D and 3D computer aided design and manufacturing software (CAD/ CAM) to create tool machine cutting programmes
  • Create most cost effective manufacturing route
  • Select optimum cutting speeds and feeds and correct tools for each stage of manufacture
  • Produce components in line with customer requirements
  • Checking the component dimensions using a range of measuring equipment to include digital micrometers , height gauges, verniers ,co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM) and in process gauging
  • Conduct routine machine maintenance
  • Understand various machine capabilities and be proficient in the use of all departmental machines to include lathes, drillers, surface grinders and vertical milling machines – of which the majority will be CNC controlled

From the second year of your apprenticeship, when you are back in company you will be involved in the following activities:

  • Tapping
  • Grinding
  • Brushing
  • Drilling
  • Foundation skills
  • Trouble shooting
  • Shadowing other members on machining


Training to be provided

  • Engineering Basic Skills training – off the job full time at EEF technology Training Centre
  • NVQ level 3
  • A Technical Certificate (EAL Diploma Level 3)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, learning and thinking skills award


Qualifications Required

5 GCSE's, or equivalent, Maths, English and Science grade C (4) or above


Things to consider


Birmingham Specialities work within the rail industry so the environment can be noisy and dirty, however all safety equipment and training will be provided

Birmingham Specialities offer the following perks:

  • Paid Overtime
  • Free Parking
  • Contributory Pension
  • Social events
  • Walking distance to EEF
  • Located next to Whitton Train station