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Level: 3

Location: Ilkeston

Years: 3

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This advanced apprenticeship for welding is designed as a three-year programme. It equips you with a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours to produce good quality welds in pipe and/or plate using three welding process/material type combinations (TIG, PAW, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW) and (Carbon and Low Alloy Steel, High Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel, Nickel and Nickel Alloys, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys) covering all welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead, Inclined).

Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 38 months. This duration may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience or who is already part-qualified.

Entry requirements

Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability and the employer will set their own specific selection criteria. However, the candidate will be required to achieve qualifications at Level 2 in English and Mathematics within the period of apprenticeship if they have not already achieved these.

Course Content

Practical training will train you to:

  • Produce good quality welds in pipe and/or plate using three welding process/material type combinations
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards: ISO 9606 / ASME IX / AWS D1.1
  • Achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional, surface inspection
  • Position, assemble, prepare and check the welding equipment
  • Receive, handle and maintain consumables
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work area ready for welding
  • Check weld preparation and assembly prior to welding and accept for production
  • Complete progressive and final checks on the finished weld prior to release for formal inspection and report into the production control system
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above

Academic training will equip you to:

  • Be aware of physical and mechanical properties and weldability of welded materials
  • Understand the fundamentals of welding metallurgy
  • Understand the common arc welding processes, joint types and welding positions
  • Understand the major components of welding equipment
  • Understand the terminology, operation and controls for general welding processes, joint types and welding positions
  • Identify and understand the causes and detection of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced
  • Understand the different types and functions of welding consumables and the requirements for correct storage and handling and recycling
  • Be able to identify and select correct welding consumables for each application
  • Appreciate the requirements for correct storage, handling and segregation of materials and tooling to prevent cross contamination between sensitive materials
  • Understand and identify hazards and health, safety and quality requirements when welding
  • Know how to monitor supporting activities often provided by others (fitting, purging, thermal treatment)
  • Know how to interpret and work to a welding procedure specification
  • Know the role and operation of welding quality documents and reporting systems

How will I be assessed?

There will be two phases of training to ensure that apprentices meet this apprenticeship standard, in line with specified employer requirements.

The foundation phase will be intensive off-the-job training focused on developing the apprentice's core skills, knowledge and behaviour, allowing them to work effectively with supervision in a largely simulated working environment. This stage will typically require 1,400 Vocational Guided Learning Hours, building up from the basics to more complex engineering operations and practices. The tasks will be aligned to the job role to develop a range of tailored core engineering techniques.  By the end of this phase, the apprentice will therefore be able to demonstrate, under independent test conditions, that they can deploy the relevant skills and occupational behaviours.

There will be an employer endorsement as part of the final assessment of this phase to ensure that the apprentice has demonstrated full competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in this apprenticeship standard. The employer will sign off that the apprentice is ‘job ready’ as a competent technician.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Apprentices will be expected to comply with their company's standard PPE dress code. Any shortfalls in safety equipment will be addressed during the first week of the course.

What can I do after this course?

There are numerous pathways for Multi-Positional Welders who may wish to pursue higher level careers in welding. These include progression to High Integrity Welding, Welding Instruction and Teaching, Welding Inspection and Managing and Supervising Welding Operations.

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This course is run at the Ilkeston Campus

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Lee Royal

Lee Royal

Lee owes top welding apprenticeship to Derby College guidance

Doosan Babcock welding apprentice Lee Royal always knew he’d find an apprenticeship after taking level 3 welding at Derby College.
 
 
But Lee is also certain he wouldn’t have been taken on by such a leading power engineering systems business as Doosan without the
College’s involvement. 
 
 
Lee, who is 20 and from Derby, progressed to the level 3 course after  completing level 2 Performing Engineering Operations at the Roundhouse.
 
 
He enjoyed it but was always aware he wanted to be a fabricator welder, like his dad.
 
 
While on his level 3 course  he and four other students got the opportunity through their tutor, to apply for the Doosan apprenticeship.
 
 
Lee said: “I love it. The bays are so large – there’s so much room – and our tutors can watch us weld through a screen, which is less off-putting. I’d like to work on-site when I’ve completed my apprenticeship. I think I’d prefer to work outside than in a factory and at Doosan I might get the chance to do that.
 
 
“As a fabricator like my dad, I’ll get to do everything – the welding, cutting, bending and assembling as well as joining metal parts.
 
 
“I could have got an apprenticeship without Derby College’s help  but I wouldn’t have got this one. Before this came along, I nearly took up one nearer to home, welding skips. Because of the college I’m now training for a highly skilled career not just any welding job.”
 
And engineering is definitely in the family. Lee’s younger brother, Luke is currently on the level 2 PEO course at Derby College.

“I could have got an apprenticeship without Derby College’s help  but I wouldn’t have got this one. Before this came along, I nearly took up one nearer to home, welding skips. Because of the college I’m now training for a highly skilled career not just any welding job.”

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