This Intermediate Level Apprenticeship is a route to becoming a trained operator within the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is one of the largest industries out there – nearly everything we use, eat, drink, or travel in has been manufactured. As an apprentice, you could focus on either the engineering or manufacturing aspect of production.
You could work as a Metal Working and Machine operative, bending, punching, notching, shearing and cropping sheet metal fabrications, or as a CNC operator, operating Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines involved in batch production.
Other job roles include being a Process operator who treats metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium or other metal to provide protective or decorative surfaces or to build up worn surfaces; Manufacturing Process operator who sets and operates machines during production, plans and sets up the sequence of operations according to drawings, layouts and other instructions; and Materials handler, who ensures part-machined or assembled products are delivered at the right time and place for further machining or assembly operations.