Fabrication and Welding Engineering Apprenticeship





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About the course

The fabrication and welding engineering Intermediate Apprenticeship provides the skills and knowledge to operate at semi-skilled, skilled or qualified operator status within a range of specialities such as sheet metal working, plating/fabrication, or welding. We work with employers across the South West to match you to a job in the area in which you are interested. Typically, you will spend 30 months receiving on- and off-the-job training, developing the skills needed to further your career goals. 

Entry Requirements

You must:

  • Demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills at interview
  • Give a good performance in our engineering aptitude test
  • Have at least Grade 3 in GCSE in English and Maths
  • ICT Level 1 or willing to work towards this functional skill
What will I do on this course?

Fabrication and welding is the process of using heat and pressure to join or create items. Many different energy sources can be used for welding, which can be an industrial process or performed in many different environments, including open air, or under water. Welding is a potentially hazardous undertaking and precautions are required to avoid burns, electric shock, vision damage, or inhalation of poisonous gases and fumes.

In the first year you will be at college for day release, learning the technical and practical skills relevant to the area of engineering you have chosen. The rest of the time you will be learning from experienced engineers and applying what you have been taught in your day-to-day job.In the second year and beyond you may continue to improve your knowledge and skills in day release, or work full time developing the experience needed to prove your competence and complete the apprenticeship.

Who is it for?

You will need to be passionate and enthusiastic about engineering and have good personal organisational skills in order to complete the Apprenticeship. You must be prepared to commit at least 30 months to the course and maintain motivation throughout. You must be capable of following instructions to carry out complex engineering tasks and overcome problems, whilst either working as part of a team or on your own.

How to apply

Apply online

How Is this course assessed?

Most of your course will be assessed through proving your ability through practical tasks. However, you should also expect some written assignments. You may also need to complete self-study guides in engineering practice, and gain functional skills as appropriate. You will also prove your ability to improve your own performance through continued self-evaluation. 

What could I do next?

Many apprentices either progress to higher level college courses (level three Certificates), or to Advanced Apprenticeships. Either way you will have gained the technical and practical skills to give you a solid grounding in your chosen engineering specialism, and to work in a role such as:

  • Fitter Welder: Fabricate and assemble metal parts by TIG/MIG; Argon Arc welding; brazing and soldering
  • Pipe Fitter: Measure and cut required piping using hand or machine tools; install and fit piping into position; join sections; test and repair
  • Sheet Metal Worker: from drawings mark out and cut shapes in metals up to 3mm; shape and join with thermal cutting, TIG/MIG, and Argon Arc techniques
  • Welder/Fabricator: from drawings mark out and cut shapes in metals over 3mm; shape and join with thermal cutting, TIG/MIG, and Argon Arc techniques




How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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