Fabrication and Welding
During the course, you will be introduced to a variety of fabrication and welding techniques such as GMAW (MAG), GTAW (TIG), FCAW and SMAW (MMA) (don’t worry, you’ll know the difference once you have finished).
The Fabrication and Welding course offers a huge workshop with a variety of the latest and most up-to-date industry-standard equipment, meaning you will have a head start should you choose this as a career path. We are a proud department and are working closely with worldwide, supplier Lincoln Electric and will be offering the opportunity to train on leading welding machines called a Powerwave 300c. You’ll also be shown the ropes by course tutors with a background in the industry and recent experience in the trade.
Study at Level:
*Level 3 for progression only.
- Health and safety
- Pattern and development
- Materials technology
- Interpreting technical drawings
- Cutting, forming and metal joining techniques
- Fabrication in a range of materials and thicknesses
- Pipework – design and manufacture
- MAW (MAG), GTAW (TIG), FCAW and SMAW (MMA) welding techniques
- How to work safely in a fabrication and welding environment
- Equipment maintenance
- Time management
- Project management
Entry requirements for our courses depend on the specific requirements of each Programme of Study and an individual’s previous experience, which will all be discussed during the interview process. The following list offers a guide as to what you might be expected to achieve to gain entry on to a particular level of a course.
PLEASE NOTE IN SOME AREAS WHERE THERE IS A HIGHER MATHS, ENGLISH OR SCIENCE CONTENT, OR WHERE TECHNICAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED, THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ARE HIGHER THAN STATED BELOW. APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED OF ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL COURSES AT THEIR INTERVIEW AND THIS IS CHECKED AT ENROLMENT. FOR CREATIVE COURSES A PORTFOLIO REVIEW OR AUDITION MAY BE REQUIRED AT INTERVIEW.
Entry Level 3 Programmes
No formal entry qualifications but subject to approval from the Foundation Learning Assessment Team.
Level 1 Programmes
GCSEs grades1-2 or E to G or equivalent, including Foundation Awards and Entry Level Certificates.
Level 2 Programmes
Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 3 (previously D) or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade 3 or above including Maths and English language and relevant subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 1 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at Level 1.
Level 3 Programmes
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 (previously C) or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English language and relevant subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 2 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at level 2.
Progressing to each level of study
Once you successfully completed your course you may be able to progress to the next level, following a satisfactory interview with a Tutor. If you’ve finished your Level 3 course you will be offered advice and guidance from our Career Advisers on how to apply for a place at University through UCAS, or how to apply for a job or an Apprenticeship.
Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses generally last one year; Level 3 courses will usually last for two years.
The department works hard to provide real-life work experience opportunities with local employers and works closely with the department’s skills employability trainer to engage as many as learners as possible. The Fabrication and Welding team are also going to provide the opportunity to work on in-house employers projects.
The department endeavours to give all its learners the opportunity to visit real-life working environments like Drax Power Station and Lincolnshire unique waste to power plants. All programmes are enriched with guest speakers who will give a real insight into working in these exciting industries and these come from a range of employers including National and local.
The department works hard to provide real-life work experience opportunities with local employers and works closely with the departments skills employability trainer to engage as many as learners as possible. The Fabrication and Welding team are also going to provide the opportunity to work on in-house employers projects.
- Sheet metal worker
- Rail track maintenance
- Welding inspector
- Pipe fitter
- Steel Erector
University & Further Studies:
- HNC/HND in Construction or Engineering at UCG