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Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology (QCF) Level 2 Diploma at North Hertfordshire College

Course description

Our engineering and welding courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:

  • Work experience with businesses like Weldability and other local businesses
  • Innovative tools and technology such as 3D printer, laser cutter, traditional and advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) manufacturing facility. The area is further supported by industry standard software for Computer Aided Design (CAD) manufacturing, including that for electronics and circuit design. Welding plants for Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert/Active Gas) (MIG/MAG), Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), oxyacetylene cutting/brazing and plasma cutting, allowing our students to learn and refine their skills to industry standards.
  • Guest talks from employers from the local industry.
  • Visits to universities and industries help learners deepen their understanding of the sector.

The engineering and welding courses at NHC develop your knowledge and know-how in the sector through an engaging mix of both technical lessons and hands on practical experiences. You’ll advance your understanding of:

  • Welding and fabrication: Welding and fabrication technology courses introduce engineering health and safety, preparation and quality control of welding projects, TIG/TAG/MMA welding for the engineering and construction industry and how to join plates in engineering construction by MIG/MAG welding.
  • You will develop your understanding of the principles, methods and technology involved in engineering maintenance. It will focus on the welding of thick plate, thin plate and sheet metal, covering manufacturing, engineering and cutting techniques and assembly of engineering components as well as engineering environmental awareness.
  • You will develop skills in handling tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas. You will also learn how to produce good weld joints, manual metal arc, oxy-acetylene, brazing, soldering as well as thermal and plasma cutting skills.

Course content

Through this course you’ll learn about:

  • Engineering environmental awareness
  • Engineering techniques and principles

You'll also be able to choose from optional units including:

  • Fabrication and welding principles
  • Manual welding techniques
  • Thermal cutting techniques.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade D or above including maths and English; or,
  • Four GSCEs at grade D or above, plus functional skills level 1 maths and English;
  • A level 1 qualification in a relevant subject area, passed with a merit or distinction grade – plus maths and English GCSE grade D or above, or functional skills level 1 maths and English.


This course is assessed through assignments, projects, practical and online tests. You’ll also sit exams if you're doing maths or English GCSE or functional skills.

Financial information

Price on application.

There are no tuition fees for students aged 16-18 years.

If you are over 18, please speak to a client advisor.

Possible charges for any trips, visits, materials and uniform if required offered during the year will be independent of the tuition fees or any other student finance. Financial help may be available for these costs, please contact Student Services for more information.

Future opportunities

Having successfully completed this course, you’ll be able to progress to:

  • Level 3 courses including the diploma in engineering welding skills
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid employment in the sector.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Hertfordshire College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2017
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    • Our ECC is a 19,000 sq.ft. facility, right next to the train station in Stevenage and easily accessible from the A1. All of our construction, engineering & welding and motor vehicle courses are delivered here.

      Over the last two years, with the support of the Hertfordshire LEP, we’ve invested over £900,000 in additional space, new equipment and resources to make sure that our learning environment is consistent with that of a modern sector workplace. We’ve invested in a:

      • fully equipped mechatronics lab covering manufacturing, hydraulics & pneumatics, industrial controls and industrial robots
      • computer aided design suite, with software including Autocad, Solidworks & rapid prototype/3D modelling systems
      • comprehensive workshop facility that includes benches, hand and machine cutting tools, CNC and fabrication and welding areas for the production of prototype models
      • fully equipped electronics lab with a wide range of test equipment and tools including, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, signal generators, op-amps, and multi-meters

      By studying at our dynamic ECC Campus, our fantastic facilities mean that you’ll feel like you’re working on a site in your chosen sector. The Campus is also really close to Airbus Defence and Space and some of the other major employers in the area.