CNC Specialist Apprenticeship L2

CNC Specialist Apprenticeship L2

CNC Specialist Apprenticeship L2


A CNC Specialist produces components for products using CNC machines. This includes setting up, operating and maintaining CNC machines and saws to cut, plane, shape and sand all types of wood and man-made wood components. They have an interest in computers and machines. They need to be able to work using their own initiative and motivate themselves. CNC Specialists work in environments where an ability to work to targets in terms of output and quality standards is essential. These can be wide ranging from small workshops to large scale factories. This programme is designed to give an excellent grounding for anyone who wants a career working with CNC machines.


In order to ensure sufficient flexibility to meet the needs of the industry whilst maintaining the rigour of every single apprenticeship within it, Furniture CNC Specialists will be able to undertake all the mandatory requirements and three of the optional requirements.



Measure and Mark Out Measure and mark out materials to specification within the acceptable tolerances following standard operating procedures.
Tooling Select, prepare and maintain CNC/NC tooling.
Operate CNC/NC Machinery and Equipment Operate CNC/NC machinery and equipment to meet company requirements. Prepare tools and equipment including tooling technology and calibration of measuring equipment.
CNC/NC  Processing Understand the principles of CNC/NC processing. This includes the capabilities of machinery used, how the machinery operates, principles of machinery and the manufacturing processes used in your organisation.
Mechatronics System Principles and Fault Finding Understand mechatronics systems principles and fault finding. This includes diagnosing simple faults, understanding total production maintenance, engineered systems, and the basic principles of pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical actuation systems.



Methods of Measurement Inspect and use measuring equipment, keep tools and equipment clear of debris and dirt.
Jigs and Templates Use and maintain jigs and templates for furniture production.  Jigs are used to ensure repeatability and accuracy in the production of furniture. These can be hand held or mounted on workbenches.
Sanding  Sand materials for preparation prior to assembly, post-assembly and de-nibbing. Understand grit sizes and the process of sanding. This includes the use of wide belt sander, overhead narrow belt sander, disc sander, bobbin sander, linisher and profile sander.
 Edge Banding Carry out the edge-banding process following standard operating procedures. This includes colour matching, timber and PVC lippings, calibration and finishing techniques.
 Planing Prepare, set up and operate planes. This includes surface planer and thicknesser (can be a combined machine) and four sided planer and moulder (for planed all round).
 Joints Prepare, set up and operate CNC/NC machinery  to produce jointed wood and wood­ based products. This includes chisel morticer, chain morticer, slot morticer, dovetailer, vertical spindle moulder, stair router, single-end tenoner, double-end tenoner, round-end tenoner, dowler and router.
 Assembly Assemble components of furniture following standard operating procedures.. Understand the sequence or assembly and why this is important


Minimum of 1 year, up to 2 years

Maths / English

Apprentices without appropriate English and Maths must achieve these before taking the end-point assessment

End Point Assessment

EPA is the final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for. EPA is separate to any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during the on‑programme stage of the apprenticeship.  These can include observation, test, portfolio review, professional discussion.  EPA is carried out by an independent organization from Didac

Delivery Location

National Delivery within the workplace


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Didac Limited,
Woodwise Academy,
Crews Hole Road,

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