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Apprentice Precision Engineer

Interested in precision engineering? Launch your career in the aerospace sector at a growing, ISO 9001 accredited subcontractor. You’ll study in a top facility in Oxfordshire then continue to learn from our experienced machinists in High Wycombe. No shift work, no nights.

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Vacancy location J&J Building, Hillbottom Rd, Sands Ind Est, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 4HJ
Training location OAS, Culham Science Park, OX14 3DB
Working week 39 hours: 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Thursday, 7am to 12pm Friday hours
Wage Weekly: £369, rising to £405 in the second year, £446 in the third year and £491 in the final year
Expected duration 48 months
Closing date 31 May 2023
Start date 19 June 2023

What you’ll do and learn:

  • Read drawings and understand dimensioning and tolerances.
  • Set and program CNC milling machines and turning centres for production of precision-made components to drawings.
  • Use of manual mill and lathe and other hand-operated equipment. 
  • Maintain a clean and well-organised work area and keep equipment and tooling in a good working condition.
  • Maintain quality and accuracy of the machined product by carrying out checks and inspection by using the full range of available measuring instruments.
  • Produce components within the agreed standard time and suggest improved alternative methods of manufacture.

Skills required: Computer literate, good communication skills

Personal qualities: Willingness to learn in both formal and job settings is necessary. A solutions-orientated outlook and a positive approach to problem solving is also necessary. Focused on continuous improvement.

Qualifications required:
English and Maths GCSE at grade A* to C or equivalent is required. Other Science or Resistant Materials GCSEs advantageous.

Reality Check: Health and safety is paramount and the employee manual must be adhered to at all times.

Please ensure you answer the following questions with your application:

Question 1 Have you shown an interest in engineering or manufacturing in the past? Give an example of a personal project or some research you’ve done.

Question 2 Why do you think that you are suited to a career in engineering?

Preliminary summer placement available before the apprenticeship starts – please ask us. Possibility of a full-time position after completion of the apprenticeship.

Solstrand is a sub-contract engineering company, based in High Wycombe, specialising in the production of precision components. These range from one-off prototypes to small batch production in the thousands of pieces. We have experience in the following areas:

Customers: · Aerospace Parts · Medical Equipment · Metal Seals · Soil Testing Equipment · Electrical Turned Parts · Gears · Shafts for Gear Boxes · Food and Confectionery Machine Parts Processes: · Turning, milling, drilling, grinding · Fabrication · Brazing, silver soldering, soft soldering · Bonding · Assembly · Polishing, deburring, cleaning. Research and Development with drawings, together with assembly work is undertaken if required.