Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies - Fabrication and Welding (Learning for Life)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This advanced course strengthens your technical ability and practical skills in our workshops while developing your knowledge of fabrication and welding principles.

You will carry out MIG, TIG and MMA welding operations while learning how to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium in both vertical and overhead positions and gain an understanding of AC transformers, DC inverters and pattern development methods.

Our previous student, Jack, completed this course, which helped him to secure an apprenticeship with company, Total Steelwork. He has since progressed on to University Centre St Helens to study a HNC in Engineering!

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

You will attend college for one day per week for two years.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Engineering and environment health and safety
  • Organisational efficiency and improvement
  • Fabrication and welding principles
  • Pattern development methods
  • Manual metal arc welding
  • MIG/MAGS welding
  • TIG welding
  • Producing sheet metal fabrications

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments and an externally set examination.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including Maths and Science.

If you are aged 19+ then we would accept industry experience in place of formal qualifications.

What are the course fees?

If you are aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding to cover course fees. If you are aged 19-23 and this is your first full level 2 qualification, 100% of your course fees will be covered.

More information can be provided upon application. For more information on financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you successfully complete your course, you may decide to look for work in the industry within welding inspection, the automotive industry, rail networks, steel fabrication and erection or even oil rigs!

Alternatively, you could progress on to a higher apprenticeship, gaining further qualifications and skills whilst earning a wage.

Ref: Steve Schofield


University Centre St Helens
Mechanical Engineering
Fabrication and Welding
Electrical Engineering
Computer Aided Design (CAD)

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Why study Engineering with us?

Workplace Environment

You will develop your skills and knowledge in our impressive specialist engineering workshops.

Expert Tutors

Our tutors are experienced, industry experts and passionate about their subject too.

Wide Range of Courses

We have an extensive range of courses across a variety of engineering disciplines.

Industry links

We have strong links with employers such as Peel Ports and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Interactive Experience

Your learning is practical, hands-on and heavily work experience focused.

Employment Opportunities

Our courses meet the skills priorities of the engineering industry.