Machining Apprentice

Eclipse Valves & Fittings
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Machining Apprentice

About the Employer

Mō Te Kaitukumahi 

Eclipse Valves & Fittings specialise in the manufacture and supply of high pressure valves and regulators for CNG(Compressed Natural Gas.) Eclipse products are the result of the wealth of experience in high pressure valve design that its key management bring to the company. The team at Eclipse has over 60 years combined experience in the design and manufacture of products for CNG, fluid delivery and gas handling systems.

Eclipse are part of a wider group of companies, including Q-Subs who design and manufacture submersible vessels and submarines and Bison Compression who manufacture CNG compressors. All the group companies are based at one site in Clevedon.


About the Opportunity

Mō Te Huarahi  

In this entry level role you will be trained to run CNC Lathes and Milling Machines producing high quality parts from a variety of materials such as steel, stainless, aluminium, brass and plastics.

To start you will gain familiarisation of parts, how they fit into things, introduction to assembly of the products themselves and why dimensions and smooth finishes are so important - to provide the why of what Eclipse do.  Then you’ll move onto running the machines – setting the machines and tools, manual machining work with lathes and mills, fitting and assembly following engineering drawings.  Over time you will also learn to programme the CNC machines.


About You          



Attention to detail is the key requirement for this role and you will need a real passion for getting into CNC Machining, you will also need -

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good problem solving skills
  • An outstanding work ethic
  • To be reliable
  • To be keen to learn and continuously improve
  • NCEA Level two in Maths and English
  • To be a team player who is self-motivated
  • A Restricted Drivers Licence is fine to start, with a plan to take your Full Licence as this will be required to assist with certain jobs



Ngā Hāora  

Hours will be discussed with you by Eclipse at interview stage.  In general the standard hours are 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.



Te Tohu  

New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) (Level 4) with strand in Fitting and Machining

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply relevant Health and Safety legislation and knowledge of the workplace safety culture in order to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial mechanical engineering environment.
  • Produce and interpret engineering sketches and simple component drawings and/or specifications with knowledge of limits, fits and geometrical tolerancing used in engineering.
  • Apply knowledge of trade calculations and units of measurement to perform a range of mechanical engineering tasks.
  • Apply knowledge of the composition and characteristics of engineering materials to select and optimise their use through job planning and sequencing tasks.
  • Determine available and appropriate manufacturing and engineering processes, tools and equipment, and an overview of alternative engineering process to suit a range of mechanical engineering tasks.
  • Interpret basic engineering job operations, planning and sequencing for job costing and pricing, with consideration to efficiency and economical processing options.
  • Apply knowledge of relevant engineering principles and practices using problem-solving skills for fault finding and root cause analysis, to perform engineering tasks efficiently and effectively while working to specifications and industry standards.
  • Correctly use and maintain tools and equipment, monitoring their condition for safe and effective operation to ensure accuracy, minimise damage to work, and to prevent accidents.
  • Interpret knowledge of calibrating measuring equipment, and methods of non-destructive testing to carry out self-inspection of work.
  • Select and inspect simple lifting appliances and slings, to safely secure a load and carry out lifting procedures.
  • Apply knowledge of effective and efficient manufacturing models, the processes and principles, of quality systems, in the production of components and/or for the provision of services in a commercial mechanical engineering environment, to deliver in full, on time and to specification.
  • Practice effective communication with awareness of other cultures and languages, to confirm and clarify instructions, communicate health and safety matters, and understand workplace documentation, within a mechanical engineering team and the wider workplace.
  • Self-manage on-going learning, seeking advice or guidance when required while maintaining acceptable standards across the mechanical engineering industry.

Graduates of the Fitting and Machining strand will also be able to:

  • Build and install complex machines where the use of fitting, machining, assembly, and precision alignment skills are required.

Ready to apply?

Date Posted
May 31, 2022
Fitting and Machining