The city of Derby and the surrounding area is world renowned for its engineering and manufacturing industry and is populated with world-leading employers and their high quality supply chains.
The engineering sector is also still growing at a considerable rate, particularly with the development of new technologies which in turn has led to skill shortages and demand for high performing engineers.
As part of both the engineering and construction sectors, careers in welding have been identified as an area with a significant skill shortage, particularly in the high-end fields of nuclear, rail, pipeline, oil and gas industries.
Using an industry-designed qualification, the one-year Level 3 Diploma in Welding Practices has been created to support your development as a welder. With a successful outcome, it will lead to a highly rewarding and well paid career, with the potential to be recruited by the giants of the welding industry.
The entry requirements for this course mandate a previous Level 2 qualification/unit in Welding. The following GCSE grades will also be needed:
In addition to this, all applicants will be requested to perform a welding assessment to ensure the core Level 2 welding skills have been achieved to a satisfactory standard.
The course has been designed to meet the latest high-level industry standards within the welding sector. The units therefore must meet precise skills and standards to enable you to be considered for employment in this thriving area. The mandatory units and skills covered in this course are:
One additional unit (A or B) must also be completed to achieve this qualification. It will be selected from the units below depending upon the pathway outcome for the individual student:
Although not part of the qualification, a further Welding Certificate (Coded Welding) that meets international standards will be encouraged as an option for students who can achieve the criteria for these high-level industry skills.
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:
In addition to regular writing materials and a scientific calculator, College uniform and welding specific PPE will need to be purchased for selected activities.
On successful achievement of the Advanced Industry Welding Practices and - subject to employment in a qualifying role - an apprenticeship in High Integrity Pipe Welding or Fabrication and Welding would be possible. This qualification can be used as credits/evidence towards the apprenticeship knowledge elements.
The previously mentioned possibility of the additional international Coded Welding certificate will also substantially increase your chances of gaining an apprenticeship in this sector.
Taking an engineering course at Derby College Group marked the beginning of a whole new voyage of discovery for naval engineer Declan Clarke-Hancock.
After leaving Littleover Community School, Declan enrolled on the full-time performing engineering operations level 2 course at The Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college.
Now aged 25, he is a third electro-technical officer (ETO) on the cruise ship Sapphire Princess and is seeing the world while doing an engineering job he loves.
Getting to where he is now hasn’t always been plain sailing though. The Derbyshire firm where Declan took a level 3 electrical apprenticeship closed just as he qualified. Unsure of what to do next, he was looking for a local job as an electrician when he spotted a cadetship opportunity with Princess Cruises.
After attending maritime college in Southampton, as well as training for months at sea, Declan then had to pass difficult Maritime and Coastguard Agency exams before taking up his current role.
Declan started as an ETO in May 2019 and is responsible for the 110,000-ton ship’s electrical and electronics, including looking after her 35 elevators, watertight doors and lifeboats.
Declan said: “Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed. Without that I wouldn’t have got where I am now so I’m very thankful. I’d like to come back to college and talk to engineering students about my experiences. I want to show them where studying engineering at the Roundhouse can lead – and that they don’t necessarily have to stay in Derby or the East Midlands when they qualify. The right qualifications can take them anywhere.”
Declan has already had many memorable travel experiences through his job. Highlights include kayaking and dog sled riding in an Alaskan glacier, watching England play football in the World Cup in St Petersburg and visiting New York.
Going to Derby College definitely gave me the step up I needed.