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Welder Development Programme

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Welder Development Programme

The course involves intensive practical training at three levels for one discipline of welding taking place one evening a week during the term times. You can join the course at any time of the year on a Wednesday or Thursday evening payment by direct debit. You will gain a City and Guilds certificate at the end of the programme.

The qualifications at Level 1-3 are designed for those wishing to build a career or knowledge of the industry. You can start from the very beginning and develop advanced skills throughout the year whilst still earning in your role.

Aim of the course

The course is designed to enable candidates to gain welding skills and knowledge to a level that will enable them to work in complex positions and prepare them for undertaking qualifications at NVQ level 3 and BS EN 287 Welder approval testing by having an acceptable standard based upon ISO 5817 – Arc welded joints in steel.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Awards and Certificates within this suite of qualifications could help you develop a career in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector. They could lead to a number of job roles, including:

  • Fitter Welder
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Maintenance Welding Operative
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Plater Fabricator
  • Welder

How is it taught?

This is predominantly a practical course delivered in our workshop. It includes all the underpinning knowledge of welding as a profession, as well as the Health & Safety requirements. Alongside the practical workshop sessions, you will be expected to do a small amount of reading and internet research to answer the assessment questions at the end of the course.

You will be required to complete a single Vee Butt Joint in the flat position, Lap Fillet Joint in the vertical up position, Tee Fillet Joint in the vertical up position, Single Vee Butt Joint in the vertical up position, Tube to Plate in the horizontal/vertical position and answer a number of Health & Safety questions.

You will need to bring PPE i.e. steel toe cap boots and flame-retardant overalls. These can be hired from our shared facilities or purchased directly from our stockroom.

Practical Skills Learning Outcomes Level 1

Learning Outcome One – produce beads on plate in the PA flat position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG
Learning Outcome Two – produce a lap fillet weld in the PB horizontal/vertical position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG
Learning Outcome Three – produce a tee fillet weld in the PA flat position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG
Learning Outcome Four – produce a tee fillet weld in the PB horizontal/vertical position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG
Learning Outcome Five – produce a corner weld in the PA flat position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Knowledge Learning Outcomes Level 1
Learning Outcome Six – know the process and health & safety requirements for metal inert gas (MIG, MMA or TIG) welding

Practical Skills Learning Outcomes Level 2

Learning Outcome One – produce a butt weld in the PA flat position for MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Two – produce a lap fillet weld in the vertical position for MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Three – produce a tee fillet weld in the vertical position for MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Four – produce a butt weld in the vertical position for MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Five – produce a tube-to-plate tee fillet weld in the PB horizontal/vertical position for MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Knowledge Learning Outcomes Level 2

Learning Outcome Six – know the Process and Health & Safety requirements for MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Practical Skills Learning Outcomes Level 3

Learning Outcome One – Produce a single-vee butt weld from one side of a joint in the PC horizontal position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Two – Produce a tee fillet weld on one side of the joint in the PD horizontal/overhead position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Three – Produce a corner weld from one side of the joint in the PE overhead position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Four – Produce a tee fillet weld on one side of the joint in the PE overhead position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Learning Outcome Five – Produce a single-vee butt weld from one side of the joint in the PE overhead position using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

Knowledge Learning Outcomes level 3
Learning Outcome Six – Explain the health & safety and welding specific underpinning knowledge requirements using MIG/MAG, MMA or TIG

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Fully kitted out welding training centre in Chester, UK

Training is based at our fully kitted out and TWI approved training centre in Chester, in the UK. Although, we can also offer tailored training plans on-site at your business for larger teams with a need for short, intensive training courses.

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