Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3
Type: Apprenticeship
Entry Requirements:

Minimum GCSE grade 3 or equivalent in English and maths. If you do not hold a GCSE grade 4 or above, you will need to study and achieve level 2 functional skills in English and maths. You will complete an initial assessment in English and maths to identify your eligibility for the course.

These requirements may alter dependent on the needs of the employer.

Course Overview

This apprenticeship is focussed on carrying out metal fabrication work using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc. Within this industry you will use a large range of metals including steel, aluminium and titanium at a range of thicknesses from 0.5mm up to over 20mm. The size and weight of the fabrications can range from components that can easily be picked up by hand, to massive structures that require several cranes to manipulate.

Fabricators are essential to a large number of industries and work includes manufacturing bridges, oil rigs, ships, petro-chemical installations, cranes, platforms, aircraft, automotive and machinery parts, sheet metal enclosures, equipment supports, and anything that can be fabricated out of metal.

What will I learn?

During this apprenticeship you will learn to:

  • Plan and prepare for the metal fabrication activities before commencing work
  • Interpret technical drawings, patterns, templates and specifications to mark out, produce and assemble complex fabricated products to meet the required specification and quality requirements
  • Carry out quality checks on component parts and completed assemblies
  • Work safely at all times complying with health and safety legislation, regulations, organisational and environmental requirements
  • Check materials conform to the specified grades, dimensions and thicknesses identified on detailed engineering drawings

How will the course be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used throughout the programme to support the progression and development of your Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that are all relevant to the apprenticeship standard.

The apprenticeship standard will be achieved via externally assessed End Point Assessments.

This may include:

  • A knowledge test
  • A practical observation
  • A professional discussion
  • A project presentation
  • An interview

Materials and other information

• Expert Trainer Assessors with vast industry experience providing continuous support throughout the programme.
• Highly skilled, industry connected trainers and assessors.
• Employers have worked to co-create the programme making it highly industry relevant.

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:
• IMechE for Eng Tech
• IET for Eng Tech
• Royal Aeronautical Society for Eng Tech

Progression and Careers

• Welder
• Metal Fabricator
• Foundry Process Operator
• Foundry Mould Maker

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