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Apprenticeship Plate Welder Standard Level 3

This advanced apprenticeship for welding is designed as a three-year programme.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Engineering
Apprenticeships
Location: Ilkeston
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 3
Interview Required?: Y
Ilkeston

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/apprenticeship-plate-welder-standard-level-3
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Course Information for Students

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.

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.

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

The apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace and on-site. 

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.

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.

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.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

This advanced apprenticeship for welding is designed as a three-year programme. It equips your apprentice 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 may be reduced for a candidate with previous relevant experience or who is already part-qualified.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have four GCSEs at grade C or equivalent, including Mathematics, English (grade 4 or above) and a Science.

Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at grade C or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.

Your apprentice will need access to work that covers a broad range of activities including installation, testing, fault finding and the ongoing planned maintenance of complex automated equipment.

You will also nominate a mentor to support the apprentice with the on-the-job training.

Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics. Your apprentice will need to comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently at all times, accept responsibility for managing time and workload, and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges. They will also need to comply with any organisational policies/codes of conduct in relation to ethical compliance.

Work effectively in teams. Your apprentice will need to integrate with the team, support other people, and consider the implications of their actions on other people and the business.

Effective communication and interpersonal skills. Your apprentice will need to be an open and honest communicator, communicating clearly using appropriate methods, listening to others and having a positive and respectful attitude.

Focus on quality and problem solving. Your apprentice will need to follow instructions and guidance, demonstrate attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency.

Continuous personal development. Your apprentice will need to reflect on their skills, knowledge and behaviours and seek opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies, and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice.

They will receive an apprenticeship certificate on completion.

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 standard. The employer will sign off that the apprentice is ‘job ready’ as a competent technician.

Your apprentice will need to be released to College one day per week. 

Apprentices will only need the tools and equipment required for the tasks to complete the apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship standard will meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate professional engineering institution.

There is a high demand for Multi-Positional Welders in areas such as:

  • power generation
  • oil and gas
  • marine
  • transport
  • nuclear
  • processing
  • aerospace
  • pharmaceuticals
  • construction

You may already have someone in your organisation or someone has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship, but if you don’t we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and external advertising through social media and the national apprenticeship services website

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk or call 01332 387421

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Welding Trades

£25917

Welding Trades

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 4, 2021 11:04 am