APPRENTICESHIP - Metal Fabricator (welder)

Job Description

With the Metal Fabricator (welder) Level 3 Apprenticeship you will spend time learning all the aspects involved in becoming a skilled welder/fabricator. You will learn to weld using different techniques and with a variety of different steels.

You will work alongside industry specialists to learn and develop skills in an exciting and expanding industry.

Requirements and Prospects

  • Qualifications Required: Grade 3 GCSE (D) or above in English and Maths
  • Skills Required: Ability to work as part of a team, good communication skills, previous knowledge/interest in engineering
  • Personal Qualities: Good work ethic, motivated, willingness to learn
  • Future Prospects: On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is a possibility of a future job role.



  • The importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations.
  • General engineering mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations.
  • The structure, properties and characteristics of common materials.
  • The typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment.
  • Approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering problems.
  • The importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications if they are not adhered to.
  • The different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact.
  • Why it is important to continually review fabrication and general engineering processes and procedures.
  • The correct methods of moving and handling materials.
  • Processes for preparing materials to be marked out.
  • The tools and techniques available for cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing materials.
  • Allowances for cutting, notching, bending, rolling and forming materials.
  • Describe Pattern development processes, tooling and equipment.
  • Describe Cutting and forming techniques, tooling and equipment.
  • Describe Assembly and finishing processes, tooling and equipment.
  • Inspection techniques that can be applied to check shape and dimensional accuracy.
  • Factors influencing selection of forming process.
  • Principles, procedures and testing of different joining techniques (Mechanised or Manual).
  • Equipment associated with Manual or Mechanised joining techniques including maintaining equipment in a reliable and safe condition.
  • Consumables used in Manual or Mechanised joining.
  • Effects of heating and cooling metals.
  • Consumables used in Manual or Mechanised joining.
  • Different types of Welds and joints.
  • Effects of heating and cooling metals.


  • Always work safely, comply with health & safety legislation, regulations and organisational requirements.
  • Comply with environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements.
  • Obtain, check and use the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation).
  • Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity.
  • Undertake the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment.
  • Carry out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment.
  • Deal promptly and effectively with problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel.
  • Complete any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity.
  • Restore the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location.
  • Identify and follow correct Metal work instructions, specifications, drawing etc.
  • Mark out using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Cut and form Metal for the production of fabricated products.
  • Produce and assemble Metal products to required specification and quality requirements.
  • Identify and follow correct joining instructions, specifications, drawing etc.
  • Carry out the relevant preparation before starting the joining fabrication activity.
  • Set up, check, adjust and use joining and related equipment.
  • Weld joints in accordance with approved welding procedures and quality requirements.


  • Personal responsibility and resilience – Comply with the health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently regardless of how much they are being supervised, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges.
  • Work effectively in teams – Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their own actions on other people and the business whilst working effectively to get the task completed.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills – An open and honest communicator, communicates clearly using appropriate methods, listen well to others and have a positive and respectful attitude.
  • Focus on quality and problem solving – Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrate attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency.
  • Continuous personal development – Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seek opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice.

To Apply:

Head to the Apprenticeship Vacancies page on the Truro & Penwith College website:

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