Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3
Type: Apprenticeship
Entry Requirements: You should be aiming for at least 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and/or mathematics. These requirements may alter dependent upon the needs of the employer. If you don’t quite achieve the entry criteria though don’t worry, we can discuss your options. If you have not achieved a Grade 4 in English Language and/or mathematics you will be required to achieve a Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and/or Maths as part of your Apprenticeship.
Course Overview

Please note this course is held at our Nelson Campus only.

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 are used throughout the programme to ensure apprentices are ready to enter the workplace. These include progress meetings, assignments, practical observations in the workplace, portfolio completion and an externally validated end point assessment.
• £2million Engineering Skills Centre
• Unique subsonic wind tunnel, fully equipped workshops with the latest rapid prototype technology and software, and CNC machinery
• Innovation laboratory and 3D printing and manufacturing area for students to develop industry skills and prepare for their future career

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

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