Welding and Fabrication - Level 2
Start Date: 5th September 2022
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Are you looking to gain technical skills and learn a craft? Get ready to get skilled with this Welding and Fabrication course.
Using various hand tools and professional equipment, you will learn specialist fabrication and welding techniques such as plasma arc cutting, oxyacetylene cutting and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), all from tutors with a wealth of experience within the engineering sector.
You will be based at Newcastle College Energy Academy and will benefit from simulated real working environments to help you develop your practical skills.
This course can lead you to a range of careers including pipeline welder, aircraft welder, general fabricator and more.
5 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths
What will I achieve?
On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate in Engineering, Fabrication and Welding
What will I learn?
Health and safety
Principles of fabrication and welding
MMA (Manual Metal Arc) welding
MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding
Structural steel work
How is the course taught?
Practical workshops and tutorials
Practical and theoretical self-study
How am I assessed?
Work experience opportunities
Students studying fabrication and welding benefit from work experience opportunities with companies including Aliweld, Washington Metalworks and Metalis Energy.
English and Maths
Engineering relies heavily on English and maths and both subjects will be embedded into your programme by producing reports and studying engineering design, ratios and formulae.
If you do not hold English and/or maths GCSE at grade 4 or above you will be supported with dedicated lessons to help you achieve English and maths qualifications.
Where can I progress?
You can progress to Welding and Fabrication - Level 3 when you successfully complete this course.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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