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Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technologies Diploma Level 3 at St Helens College

Course description

This advanced course strengthens the knowledge and skills gained at level 2 as you will be developing specialist welding skills, whilst working in our fully equipped workshops using MIG, TIG and MMA welding techniques.

You will gain an understanding of AC transformers and DC inverters and will be able to weld mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium in both vertical and overhead positions.

Course content

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Engineering and environment health and safety
  • Organisational efficiency and improvement
  • Fabrication and welding principles
  • Pattern development methods
  • Manual metal arc welding
  • MIG/MAGS welding
  • TIG welding
  • Producing sheet metal fabrications

Entry requirements

You should have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and science or have industrial experience within fabrication welding.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.


You will be assessed through a combination of assignments and an externally set examination.

Financial information

f you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

Once you successfully complete your course, you may decide to look for work in the industry within welding inspection, automotive industry, rail networks, steel fabrication and erection or oil rigs, to name a few.

Alternatively, you could progress on to a higher apprenticeship, gaining further qualifications whilst earning some money.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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