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Welder (Arc Processes) Apprenticeship Standard Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suit­able employ­er to sup­port you through­out your Appren­tice­ship. If you do not cur­rent­ly have an employ­er you can apply for Appren­tice­ship vacan­cies by vis­it­ing www​.peter​bor​ough​.ac​.uk/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​e​s​h​i​p​s​/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​e​s​h​i​p​-​v​a​c​a​ncies Do you enjoy using maths, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy to solve every day problems?Are you look­ing for a career that could take you all over the world? Weld­ing is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. Gen­er­al Welders use high elec­tri­cal ener­gy to form an arc. Man­u­al dex­ter­i­ty is essen­tial in con­trol­ling the arc, which is used to melt met­als, allow­ing them to fuse togeth­er to form a struc­tural­ly sound weld. Gen­er­al Welders are ful­ly com­pe­tent in man­u­al weld­ing using at least one arc process.General Welders are in high demand in many sec­tors, for exam­ple; auto­mo­tive, marine, trans­port, gen­er­al fab­ri­ca­tion, con­struc­tion and many more. As a gen­er­al welder you could pro­duce items like com­po­nents for cars, ships, rail vehi­cles, metal­lic con­tain­ers, steel work for bridges, build­ings and gantries. Weld­ing is a safe­ty-crit­i­cal occu­pa­tion and you will need to take respon­si­bil­i­ty for the qual­i­ty and accu­ra­cy of your work. You will be required to pro­duce joints that sat­is­fy basic qual­i­ty stan­dards to ensure the fin­ished prod­uct func­tions cor­rect­ly, con­tribut­ing to the safe­ty of all.You can apply for an Appren­tice­ship if you are liv­ing in Eng­land, over 16 and not in full-time edu­ca­tion. You must be in paid employ­ment for the dura­tion of your Appren­tice­ship, you can­not be self-employed or a vol­un­teer. Employ­ers must pay you the min­i­mum Appren­tice­ship wage or more, for a min­i­mum of 30 hours a week.


Entry Require­ments

Indi­vid­ual employ­ers will set their selec­tion cri­te­ria, but it is like­ly to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above includ­ing Eng­lish, Maths and Sci­ence or a Tech­nol­o­gy sub­ject; a rel­e­vant Lev­el 2 Appren­tice­ship; oth­er rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tions and expe­ri­ence; or an apti­tude test with a focus on your cur­rent skills. 

This course is a hands on approach to learn­ing so you will need to have a pas­sion and dri­ve for engi­neer­ing as well as the abil­i­ty to per­form aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly at A Lev­el stan­dard for Maths and Sci­ence. Y

ou will also require a suit­ably sup­port­ive employ­er who will guide you through your Appren­tice­ship. If you do not have an employ­er already you can apply for Appren­tice­ship vacan­cies are adver­tised on our web­site — https://​www​.peter​bor​ough​.ac​.uk/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​e​s​h​i​p​s​/​a​p​p​r​e​n​t​i​c​e​s​h​i​p​-​v​a​c​a​n​cies/

We strong­ly advise you to com­plete a min­i­mum of 2 weeks work expe­ri­ence with your employ­er before to the start of your Appren­tice­ship to ensure it is a suit­able organ­i­sa­tion for your needs. You need to be pre­pared to get your hands dirty.

Poten­tial Future Career

On com­ple­tion of this Appren­tice­ship there is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to progress onto a Lev­el 3 Plate Welder or Lev­el 3 Met­al Fab­ri­ca­tor Appren­tice­ship Stan­dard, con­tin­ue with full-time edu­ca­tion or employment.

There are numer­ous path­ways for Gen­er­al Welders that wish to pur­sue high­er-lev­el careers in Weld­ing. Future job roles could include: Mul­ti-posi­tion­al Welder, High Integri­ty Welder, Weld­ing Instruc­tion or Teach­ing, Weld­ing Inspec­tion, and Man­ag­ing and Super­vis­ing Weld­ing Operations. 

Course Con­tent

Dur­ing this appren­tice­ship you will learn core skills, knowl­edge and behav­iours required for an Engi­neer­ing Tech­ni­cians, as well as spe­cial­ist skills and knowl­edge that are require for your cho­sen path­way. Core skills, knowl­edge and behav­iours include: 

Core Knowl­edge:

  • Under­stand­ing the impor­tance of com­ply­ing with statu­to­ry, qual­i­ty, organ­i­sa­tion­al and health and safe­ty regulations 
  • Under­stand­ing the gen­er­al engineering/​manufacturing math­e­mat­i­cal and sci­en­tif­ic prin­ci­ples, meth­ods, tech­niques, graph­i­cal expres­sions, sym­bols for­mu­lae and cal­cu­la­tions used by engi­neer­ing technicians 
  • Under­stand­ing the struc­ture, prop­er­ties and char­ac­ter­is­tics of com­mon mate­ri­als used in the sector. 
  • Under­stand­ing the typ­i­cal prob­lems that may arise with­in your nor­mal work activities/​environment
  • Under­stand­ing approved diag­nos­tic meth­ods and tech­niques used to help solve engineering/​manufacturing problems
  • Under­stand­ing the impor­tant of only using cur­rent approved process­es, pro­ce­dures, doc­u­men­ta­tion and the poten­tial impli­ca­tions for the organ­i­sa­tion if this is not adhered to 
  • Under­stand­ing and inter­pret­ing rel­e­vant engineering/​manufacturing data and doc­u­men­ta­tion in order to com­plete your job role. 
  • Under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ent roles and func­tions in the organ­i­sa­tion and how they interact. 
  • Under­stand­ing why it is impor­tant for an organ­i­sa­tion to con­tin­u­al­ly review their process­es and procedures. 

Core Skills:

  • Obtain­ing, check­ing and using the appro­pri­ate doc­u­men­ta­tion (such as job instruc­tions, draw­ings qual­i­ty con­trol documentation) 
  • Work­ing safe­ly at all times, com­ply­ing with health, safe­ty and envi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion, reg­u­la­tions and organ­i­sa­tion­al require­ments plan­ning and where applic­a­ble obtain­ing all the resources required to under­take the work activity. 
  • Under­tak­ing the work­ing activ­i­ty cor­rect­ly using the cor­rect process­es, pro­ce­dures and equipment 
  • Car­ry­ing out the required checks (such as qual­i­ty, com­pli­ance or test­ing) using the cor­rect pro­ce­dures, process­es and/​or equipment 
  • Deal­ing prompt­ly and effec­tive­ly with engineering/​manufacturing prob­lems with­in the lim­its of your respon­si­bil­i­ty using approved diag­nos­tic meth­ods and tech­niques and report those which can­not be resolved to the appro­pri­ate personnel 
  • Com­plet­ing and required doc­u­men­ta­tion using the defines record­ing sys­tem at the appro­pri­ate stages of the work activity 
  • Restor­ing the work area on com­ple­tion of the activ­i­ty and where applic­a­ble return any resources and con­sum­ables to the appro­pri­ate location. 

Core behav­iours

Per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty, resilience and ethics — com­ply with health and safe­ty guid­ance and pro­ce­dures, be dis­ci­plined and have a respon­si­ble approach to risk, work dili­gent­ly at all times, accept respon­si­bil­i­ty for man­ag­ing time and work­load and stay moti­vat­ed and com­mit­ted when fac­ing chal­lenges. Com­ply with any organ­i­sa­tion­al policies/​codes of con­duct in rela­tion to eth­i­cal compliance. 

Work effec­tive­ly in team — inte­grate with the team, sup­port oth­er peo­ple, con­sid­er impli­ca­tions of your action on oth­er peo­ple and the business 

Effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and inter­per­son­al skills — open and hon­est com­mu­ni­ca­tor, com­mu­ni­cat­ing clear­ly using appro­pri­ate meth­ods, lis­ten­ing to oth­er and have a pos­i­tive and respect­ful attitudes 

Focus on qual­i­ty and prob­lem solv­ing — fol­low instruc­tions and guid­ance, demon­strat­ing 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. 

You will also be required to learn spe­cif­ic skills and knowl­edge that are relat­ed to Mechtron­ics Main­te­nance Apprentices. 

Spe­cial­ist Knowledge: 

  • Under­stand math­e­mat­i­cal tech­niques, for­mu­la and cal­cu­la­tions in a mecha­tron­ics main­te­nance envi­ron­ment and the type of equip­ment being maintained 
  • Under­stand mechan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, elec­tron­ic, flu­id pow­er and process con­trol prin­ci­ples in a mecha­tron­ics main­te­nance environment
  • Under­stand how equip­ment being main­tained func­tions and oper­at­ing para­me­ters in indi­vid­ual com­po­nents and how they interact 
  • Under­stand fault diag­nos­tic meth­ods, tech­niques and equip­ment used when main­tain­ing equip­ment and systems 
  • Under­stand con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing meth­ods and equip­ment used and under­stand how the infor­ma­tion gained sup­ports the plan­ning of main­te­nance activities
  • Under­stand how to min­imise machin­ery down­time by imple­ment­ing planned pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance programmes. 

Spe­cial­ist Skills:

  • Read and inter­pret data and doc­u­men­ta­tion used to main­tain com­po­nents, equip­ment and systems 
  • Car­ry out con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing of plant and equipment
  • Car­ry out planned main­te­nance activ­i­ties on plant equipment
  • Car­ry out com­plex fault diag­no­sis and repair activ­i­ties on high tech­nol­o­gy engi­neered sys­tems such as:
    • Main­tain­ing mechan­i­cal equipment
    • Main­tain­ing flu­id & pneu­mat­ic pow­er equipment
    • Main­tain­ing elec­tri­cal & elec­tron­ic equipment
    • Main­tain­ing process con­trol equipment 
    • Car­ry out con­fig­u­ra­tion test­ing and sub­se­quent smooth hand over of equip­ment & plant sup­port the installation
    • test­ing and com­mis­sion­ing of equip­ment (where applicable) 
    • Con­tribute to the busi­ness by iden­ti­fy­ing pos­si­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties for improv­ing work­ing prac­tices, process­es and/​or procedures 

Appren­tices can fol­low two sep­a­rate path­ways; Mechan­i­cal Bias or Elec­tri­cal Bias from year 2 depend­ing on your role and desired spe­cial­ist out­come. Appren­tices are expect­ed to attend col­lege for 3 Days a week in Yr 12 Days a week in Yr 21 Day a week in Yr 3 as part of 20% off-the-job train­ing. Addi­tion­al off-the-job train­ing hours are expect­ed to be com­plet­ed with­in the work­place, how­ev­er you may be asked to com­plete tasks at home via Google Class­room and One-file. Please note you may also be asked to com­plete addi­tion­al Eng­lish and Maths qual­i­fi­ca­tions as part of the Appren­tice­ship programme.


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My Brick­lay­ing appren­tice­ship gave me the prac­ti­cal skills I need­ed to step foot into the con­struc­tion indus­try. I was award­ed CiTB’s Inspi­ra­tional Appren­tice of the Year

Jack Hutchinson



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