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Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technologies

This advanced course strengthens your knowledge and skills whilst working in our fully equipped workshops using MIG, TIG and MMA welding techniques.

You will gain an understanding of AC transformers and DC inverters and will be able to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium in both vertical and overhead positions.

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

If you are aged 16-18, this course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

For those aged 19+, 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.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

If you are an adult student aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. You could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year.

More information can be provided upon application. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

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 oil rigs, to name a few.

Alternatively, you could progress on to a higher apprenticeship, gaining further qualifications whilst earning some money.

Ref: Steve Schofield


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

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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.