Level 2 Welding Apprenticeship
About this course

This new Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for Welding replaces the old SASE Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework. The duration of this Apprenticeship Standard is typically 18 to 24 months.

This particular Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard does not have mandatory qualifications the learner must achieve before being entered for their end point assessment.

The three parts of the end-point assessment are as follows:

1. A theoretical knowledge test using multiple choice question papers containing generic questions relevant to all welders and specific questions relevant to the theoretical part of the skill/knowledge modules selected by the employer.

2. A practical/oral examination comprising two practical tests and an oral examination. The practical tests will be carried out in accordance with a recognised industry specification and will be in the most difficult welding positions for the skill/knowledge modules selected. The Authorised Examiner, responsible for supervising the tests, will also conduct an oral examination to assess the apprentice’s understanding of the tests he/she is undertaking and of the wider responsibilities of a welder.

3. A professional interview which is designed to do two things: firstly, to further explore the apprentice’s knowledge relevant to his/her role and, secondly, to assess if the apprentice’s occupational behaviours meet the requirements specified in the Apprenticeship Standard.

What will I learn?

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.

Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for skilled General Welders in areas such as: automotive, marine, transport, general fabrication, construction and many more. General Welders produce items like components for cars; ships; rail vehicles; simple metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a safety critical occupation and every welder takes responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their work. General Welders are required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all and the global quality of life.

Skilled, qualified, professionally certified General Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.

There is a highly complex range of welding skills: the different arc welding processes require different levels of manual dexterity, knowledge and skill to avoid making defective welds. There are a wide range of metallic materials that can be welded, each with different properties and behaviours.

Entry requirements

Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability and the employer will set their own specific selection criteria. However, the candidate should ideally have at least D grades in their English and Mathematics. The learner will be required to successfully achieve qualifications at level 1 in English and Mathematics and also to have taken examinations at level 2, for both subjects, within the period of apprenticeship if not already achieved.

Study, assessment and qualifications

The vast majority of this Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard is delivered at the Apprentice Welders place of work. However, the Apprentice Welder will achieve a C&G Level 2 Certificate in Welding

General Welders will have the skill to:

  • Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations (TIG, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW) and (Carbon and Low Alloy steel, High Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel, Nickel and Nickel Alloys, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys) in two welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead).
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards: ISO 9606 / ASME IX / BS4872 / AWS D1.1, determined by the employer. N.B. These qualifications are regarded as licences to practice in welding.
  • Achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection).
  • Position, prepare and check the welding equipment.
  • Receive, handle and maintain consumables
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work area ready for welding.
  • Complete and check the finished weld ready for inspection and report into the production control system.
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above.
  • General Welders will have the knowledge to:
  • Be aware of the basic mechanical properties and weldability of welded materials.
  • Understand the common arc welding processes, joint types (fillet, lap, butt, etc.) and positions.
  • Understand the major components of welding equipment and the essential parameters for welding.
  • Understand the terminology, operation and controls for the selected arc welding processes, joint types and welding positions.
  • Identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected.
  • Understand the functions of welding consumables and the requirements for correct storage and handling.
  • Be able to identify and select correct welding consumables for each application.
  • Understand and identify hazards and basic health, safety and quality requirements when welding.

Although not a qualification and formerly assessed, the Apprentice Welder will be collect evidience over the duration of thier apprenticeship to prove they have demonstrated the correct and appropriate behaviours.

Additional costs and information

None

What could I do next?

On completion of this Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard in Welding, the natural progression is onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Welding.

In Industry, there are also numerous pathways for General Welders who may wish to pursue higher level careers in welding. These include progression to Multi-Positional Welder, High Integrity Welder or Welding Instruction and Teaching, Welding Inspection and Managing and Supervising Welding Operations.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.