Apprentice Machine Setter/Operator

Since starting out in 1945 as a traditional family business, Airedale Springs have combined their expertise with advancing technology to become an industry leader in the design and manufacture of springs, pressings and wire forms. This is fantastic opportunity to join an established local business and industry leader as an Apprentice Machine Setter/Operator, learning new skills, building confidence, while earning a salary too.


The role is to work closely with the Production Manager to deliver quality products for clients in line with company strategy ensuring quality, safety, production and financial targets are met.

Duties will include:

  • Assisting in the setup of CNC and bench machinery for manufacture of springs, wire forms and pressings;
  • Liaising with material stores to ensure availability of material for the machines
  • Maintaining machinery and equipment;
  • Working with Machine Setters and the Production Manager to implement and improve quality procedures and processes and monitoring achievement of quality standards;
  • Implementation and adherence to the Company Health and Safety policy will be required ensuring safe systems of work are adhered to, good standards of housekeeping maintained and appropriate PPE worn;
  • Carrying out other appropriate duties when required according to business needs.

GCSE grades C or above in Maths and English AS levels (or equivalent)

Acceptance is subject to college initial assessment, and interview.

Skills Required

  • Excellent team player
  • Effective communicator
  • Organised, methodical worker
  • Ability to plan and work to deadlines under pressure
  • Motivated and forward thinking
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Computer literate with knowledge of computer numerical controlled systems
  • Personable, willing and enthusiastic

Personal Qualities

  • You will need to be 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.
  • Degree of maturity required
  • Confident and well-presented
  • Good personal hygiene

Offering Code:

Framework title: Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship

Length of Programme: 42 months

Mode of delivery: Day Release

Course content:


Functional Skills qualifications:

Level 2 Functional Skill in English

Level 2 Functional Skill in Maths

Level 2 Functional Skill in ICT


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