General Welder – Arc Processes (Level 2 Standard)
|Mode of study
|London Road Campus
|1 August 2022
Who is it for?
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 is a wide range of metallic materials that can be welded, each with different properties and behaviours.
In order to complete this welding Apprenticeship, you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in Maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards this qualification. Some employers will specify their own minimum qualification entry requirements, which would be detailed within their Apprenticeship vacancy.
What does the course involve?
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As part of the welding Apprenticeship Standard, if you do not hold GCSE Maths and English at grades 9-4, you will also be required to study towards your functional skills Level 2.
How is the course assessed?
This welding Apprenticeship is taught at our London Road campus on a day release basis, once a week. If you need to complete your functional skills, then this will be covered at college in a block week release. In addition, you will be assessed in the workplace by your assessor and progress reviewed every 12 weeks with your employer. In addition, you will be required to sit an End Point Assessment, towards the final stages of your programme, which will ensure you have obtained the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to carry out your role effectively.
Typically, this welding Apprenticeship will take 18 months to complete.
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