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Level 1 Award in Introductory MIG Welding Skills (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is suitable for those who wish to gain the practical skills and knowledge required for access to employment in the industry, those who are already employed and would like to obtain relevant and up to date practical skills and knowledge and those who would like to progress on to higher levels of study.

During the course you will develop your skills and gain an understanding of equipment functions, how materials behave when subjected to fabrication and welding processes and the correct procedures for safety that are paramount in this industry.

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

This course starts in September and will take 12 weeks to complete. You will attend College on a Tuesday, from 9.00pm - 12.00pm.

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

What will I study?

During this course, you will develop the practical skills required to perform Metal Arc Gas Shielded Welding (MAGS) welding in the flat and horizontal/vertical positions.

You will produce welds and visually assess that they are fit for propose against the requirements of the weld procedure (WPS) provided within the unit internal assessment.

Furthermore, you will learn the fundamental underpinning knowledge relevant to the MAGS welding process including, safety, use of equipment and choice of consumables.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through the following:

  1. Produce beads on plate in the PA flat position (Practical Task)
  2. Produce a lap fillet weld in the PB horizontal/vertical position (Practical Task)
  3. Produce a tee fillet weld in the PA flat position (Practical Task)
  4. Produce a tee fillet weld in the PB horizontal/vertical position (Practical Task)
  5. Produce a corner weld in the PA flat position (Practical Task)
  6. Know the process and health and safety requirements of MAGS welding (Knowledge Test)

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

There are no formal entry requirements, however a strong interested in welding or previous experience in this industry is preferred.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £150. You may be eligible for funding depending on your personal circumstances and subject to a fee assessment during the enrolment process. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

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

Upon successful completion of this course, you may wish to progress on to a level 2 qualification at the College or into employment.

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

Simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Please note, we have taken our utmost care to describe and show course information as accurately as possible. St Helens College reserves the right to amend, remove and add courses in the future. This information cannot be considered contractual and advertised course fees are subject to change.

Ref: Jim Aspinall



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