Fabrication & Welding : Engineering Apprenticeship

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Fabrication & Welding Apprenticeship
Code Fabrication & Welding
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Manufacturing anything that can be fabricated out of metal such as bridges, oil rigs and ships

Details

This occupation is found in the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out metal fabrication work using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc.

Work includes manufacturing bridges, oil rigs, ships, petro-chemical installations, cranes, platforms, aircraft, automotive and machinery parts, sheet metal enclosures, equipment supports, and anything that can be fabricated out of metal. Fabricators can work alone or in teams, in factories or on operational sites.Fabricators use a large range of metals including steel, aluminium and titanium at a range of thicknesses from 0.5mm up to over 20mm. The size and weight of the fabrications can range from components that can easily be picked up by hand, to massive structures that require several cranes to manipulate.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with planners, supervisors, inspectors, designers, welders, pipefitters, fitters, machinists, riggers, steel erectors, stores personnel, painters and many others involved in manufacturing, production, maintenance and repair.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant specification such as an engineering drawing or an international standard. Fabricators are also responsible for the health, safety and environmental (HS&E) protection of themselves and others around them.

How will it be delivered?

For the Hull Training Centre:

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. From September-February, learners will spend time completing a Level 2 NVQ in engineering working towards

  • Working Safely in an Engineering Environment 
  • Carrying out Engineering Activities Efficiently and Effectively
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information
  • Preparing and Using Manual TIG or Plasma-arc Welding Equipment 
  • Producing Platework Components and Assemblies
  • Preparing and Using Semi-automatic MIG, MAG and Flux cored arc Welding equipment
  • Abrasive Wheels

From February onwards and for the remainder of their apprenticeship learners will spend:

  • 3 weeks in company assessed via portfolio work based assessments
  • 1 week at HETA completing a Level 3 manufacturing Diploma
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for- Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

For the Grimsby Training Centre: 

During the first year of a HETA apprenticeship, learners will be based at the HETA training centre. Learners will undertake a fabrication and welding programme specialising in either  sheet metal work, plating, welding or pipe fitting. 

  • 4 days a week in a practical workshop 
  • 1 day a week in a classroom based environment underpinning knowledge to complete a Level 3 qualification.

In years 2 and 3, apprentices will spend the remainder of their time of the HETA programme at their sponsored company. During this time, apprentices will be assessed via:

  • Portfolio work based assessments
  • Engineering Assessor to review apprentices progression in sponsored company (help with support and mentoring)
  • End Point Assessments (final assessment for an apprentice to ensure that they can do the job they have been training for- Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour)

Entry requirements

HETA's entry requirements are a minimum of 4 GCSES- Grades 5-9 (or A*-C) in:

  • Maths 
  • English
  • Science
  • Additional GCSE

Your next steps...

There is opportunities for apprentices to progress onto Higher Education. Learners in the second year of the HETA apprenticeship programme can enrol onto the Higher National Programme.

For more information about our Higher Education Programmes- visit: https://heta.co.uk/hnc-hnd