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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Candidates can complete other bespoke training courses as required, or consider completing a vocational qualification (i.e. NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations, Performing Manufacturing Operations or similar qualification).

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal qualification expectations to join this course, however, candidates are expected to be machine operators working in an engineering workshop. Ideally, candidates should already be working on Milling machinery and have a basic understanding of general machine operations including speeds, feeds, guarding, work setting and placement.

What does this programme involve?

The course involves assessment of occupational practices and procedures attributed to the area of study. Each candidate will be assessed on both their underpinning knowledge and practical ability to demonstrate required engineering operations involving the appropriate equipment. This is a short course that can be completed either on or off site as required to suit the customer. Successful completion of the course is via assessment of practices taught, and will lead to a College certificate of general competence. The course is taught through a series of practical demonstrations of various machine operations During the course, various skills will be taught, including:
- Health and Safety requirements and legislation, including PPE requirements and emergency shutdown procedures
- Basic machine operation and functions
- Guarding and protection of rotating parts
- The general calculation of machine tool speeds for various cutting tool technology, and material and the calculation of feed rates for various materials
- Appropriate use of automatic (power) feed
- Selection of appropriate tooling for selected manufacturing tasks
- Safe setting of vices, clamps, and special jigs / fixtures
- General maintenance of machinery, tools and equipment

Any of the above can be tailored to suit individual requirements of the customer.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The course is taught through a series of practical demonstrations of various machine operations.

What else do I need to know?

This bespoke training course is designed primarily for those wishing to attain a certificate in the basic competences of Milling, and Milling machine operations. The course is suitable for operators of machines who wish to gain a qualification to verify their competence in basic machine safety. It is also an attractive option for employers who would like employees to complete ongoing staff development, or a refresher.

Candidates should bring suitable PPE akin to the nature of the machining activity, pen, pencil and a ring binder. PPE can be provided to candidates who are unable to provide their own.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
BMILA Employer Flexible 09:00 – 16:30 1 £114.00 £114.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Course Notice

Unfortunately this course is now full. Please select another date, if available, or click here to submit an enquiry. By doing so our admissions team can contact you if a place becomes available.