This City & Guilds course is delivered at our purpose-built workshop in Ilkeston. It will provide you with the basic concepts and skills in welding and you will learn various methods of MIG welding processes.
The course takes 16 weeks to complete in three-hour sessions, one night per week.
Due to the potential risk from welding fume and under the Health and Safety Executive guidance, it is now going to be compulsory to wear a protective respiratory mask during all welding operations. All students must undergo a FIT test to make sure the mask seals to the face. A clean shaven face is a must for the mask to seal. Any students wishing to participate in welding must be clean shaven and pass the face FIT test.
A Level 1 qualification in Welding is needed to access this course as the Level 2 qualification builds on these skills. Demand is high, however, and we strongly recommend that you contact the course leader before enrolling to avoid any disappointment.
You will develop intermediate practical knowledge and skills in standard welding techniques - all undertaken in our purpose-built welding facility.
The course consists of continuous assessments over five assignments as well as a final 30-question test from the awarding body.
You will need safety equipment – overalls and boots – in line with College requirements.
You can progress your career in a range of roles within the engineering welding sector.
Rolls-Royce manager Jack O'Connor says his Derby College engineering course was the "start of everything" for the skills needed in his career. Jack joined the aero engine giant as a semi-skilled polisher and packer of blades. He began his Derby College Level 3 NVQ in engineering principals at the age of 23 when he was accepted by the company as an apprentice. Now aged 31, Jack is a Rolls-Royce production leader.
He is also taking a University of Warwick – Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Business management. Jack said he left school was "a few" GCSEs and the college course and apprenticeship provided him with a second chance to kickstart his career and build his confidence.
He said: "I can honestly say that the course was brilliant and the lecturers were great.
"If you went through a difficult period they were always there to support you. You could have a laugh and a joke as well, and when you take into account the facilities, you're halfway there.
"I was really impressed. It was the start of everything for my work, really."