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Title: General Welder Apprenticeship
Location: Canterbury

General Welder Apprenticeship

Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. General Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld.

Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a safety critical occupation and every welder takes responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their work. General Welders are required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all and the global quality of life.

Skilled, qualified, professionally certified General Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.

There is a highly complex range of welding skills:  the different arc welding processes require different levels of manual dexterity, knowledge and skill to avoid making defective welds. There are a wide range of metallic materials that can be welded, each with different properties and behaviours.

 

Course Information

General Welders will work on developing the skills to:

  • Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations (TIG, 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) in two welding positions (Down hand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead).
     
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards:  ISO 9606 / ASME IX / BS4872 / AWS D1.1, determined by the employer. N.B. These qualifications are regarded as licences to practice in welding.
     
  • Achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic, Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection).
     
  • Position, prepare and check the welding equipment.
     
  • Receive, handle and maintain consumables
     
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work area ready for welding.
     
  • Complete and check the finished weld ready for inspection and report into the production control system.
     
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above.

 

General Welders will work on developing the knowledge to:

  • Be aware of the basic mechanical properties and weldability of welded materials.
     
  • Understand the common arc welding processes, joint types (fillet, lap, butt, etc.) and positions.
     
  • Understand the major components of welding equipment and the essential parameters for welding.
     
  • Understand the terminology, operation and controls for the selected arc welding processes, joint types and welding positions.
     
  • Identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected.
     
  • Understand the functions of welding consumables and the requirements for correct storage and handling.
     
  • Be able to identify and select correct welding consumables for each application.
     
  • Understand and identify hazards and basic health, safety and quality requirements when welding.
     
  • Know how to interpret and work to a welding procedure specification.
     
  • Know the basics of welding quality documents and reporting systems.

 

General Welders will work on developing the following behaviours to:

  • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications. Maintaining competence with a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
     
  • Planning and preparation to ensure production and Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved.
     
  • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change.
     
  • Reliability and dependability to consistently deliver expectations in production, quality, work ethics and self-development.
     
  • Accountability, to follow the specified procedures and controls and be personally responsible for their production work and personal development.

 

General Welders will be required to achieve the following qualifications before EPA:

  • Complete a portfolio evidence. 
     
  • Complete a minimum of 20% off-the-job training.
     
  • Level 1 in English and Mathematics and also to have taken examinations at level 2.

 

Model of Delivery

We must ensure that an apprentice spends 20% of their contracted working hours developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours illustrated on the Standard. This is achieved via a flexible approach and also by using learning that occurs as part of the job role within the workplace.

  • Regular visits at workplace (Every 8 to 10 weeks)
  • Reviews in the workplace with Mentor
  • 1 day per week at college 

 

End Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment is the final test for apprentices during their apprenticeship. It is designed to be an objective and impartial assessment of an apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours developed during the course of their apprenticeship programme.  At the end of an apprenticeship, the apprentice will go through a 'gateway' process where they are signed-off by their employer as ready for a final assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. The assessment will be conducted and graded by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation.

End Point Assessment Methods:

  • A theoretical knowledge test. 
  • A practical/oral examination comprising two practical tests and an oral examination. 
  • A professional interview 

 

Entry Requirements

Maths and English are a vital part of your apprenticeship and can really support your progression on your chosen course. If you do not already hold the described levels of maths and English we have a friendly and experienced team of lecturers who can support you throughout and who will arrange exams once you are ready. We deliver Functional Skills in a variety of ways including classroom based and also using an online platform.

Minimum Level 1 in English and Mathematics

 

Progression

General Welders may want to progress to Level 3 Plate Welder or alternatively carry on with full time employment.

Contact us

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New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

Telephone:
01227 811111