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Standards Apprenticeship - Engineering Technician (Metal Fabricator)

Level 3 • Work-based • Cornwall College Camborne


This Level 3 apprenticeship is ideal if you want to start your journey to becoming a qualified engineer. The apprenticeship route provides an ideal foundation for a wide range of skills within the engineering field. Within the 4-year apprenticeship you will start from a general engineering platform at the foundation phase (years 1 & 2), where you will learn a grounding in Engineering, with a mix of units. You will learn a range of practical skills, be able to follow technical drawings and work carefully and methodically. The course is 75% practical workshop based with 25% classroom theory work. You will have to complete a range of practical assessments to a high standard alongside reports that detail what you have done and whether you met the required standard. You will then progress onto the development phase (Years 3 & 4) where you will hone your skills specific to your pathway and your job. Learning all the skills and knowledge required in greater depth and understanding that years 1 & 2. This phase is 50% theory and 50% practical. Completing units on a pass/merit/distinction basis. All training is provided by ex-industry experts with many years within their field to guide you through your learning and assessment within the course. Once you have completed the two qualifications (Foundation and Development phases) you will progress to an End Point Assessment, where you will be assessed on your skills and knowledge over a range of tasks and an interview. Foundation phase units include: health and safety Communication Efficiency and effectiveness Engineering Maths Business improvement techniques Plate Fabrication MIG & TIG Welding Sheet metal fabrication CAD design Hand fitting Turning and Milling machining Development phase units include: health and safety Communication Engineering Maths CAD Design MIG Welding TIG Welding Plate metal Work Sheet metal fabrication MMA Welding Pattern development Manual Fabrication Activities We have award-winning partnerships with many world-class organisations in Cornwall, See career progression tab for a list of current apprentice locations. To ensure you gain all the skills needed for a career as an engineer, you will need to start your apprenticeship at the foundation phase. On successful completion you will move through to the development phase, this will lead to employment or you can continue onto our HNC/HND programs.

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Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard

Level 3 • Work-based • Cornwall College St Austell


This occupation is found in the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors. The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out metal fabrication work using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc. 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. Fabricators can work alone or in teams, in factories or on operational sites. Fabricators use a large range of metals including steel, aluminium and titanium at a range of thickness's 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. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with planners, supervisors, inspectors, designers, welders, pipe fitters, fitters, machinists, riggers, steel erectors, stores personnel, painters and many others involved in manufacturing, production, maintenance and repair. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant specification such as an engineering drawing or an international standard. Fabricators are also responsible for the health, safety and environmental (HS&E) protection of themselves and others around them.

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