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Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3

Course code: XMZT090P

Subject area: Apprentices

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

9:00am - 5:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

1st Aug 2022 - 31st Jul 2023

Course location:

Off Site

Contact details


01235 216 216

A metal fabricator works in the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors and manufactures anything that can be fabricated out of metal such as bridges, oil rigs and ships, using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet.

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 and will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their own work.

Duration: 21 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model: Work-based training with your employer Day release during term time (approximately 36 days per year, over two years) Approximately 12 on-site assessment visits per year Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required) Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

What next?

The apprentice can progress to complete higher-level qualifications within the industry.

Entry criteria

Applicants are likely to have 5 or more GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4, including Maths and English, or equivalent, and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.

Fee information

Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has a £26,000 funding band. Small companies will need to contribute £1,300 toward the funding; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.

Qualifications received

Qualifications included: Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Technical Knowledge) Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence, Fabricator) Level 2 Functional Skills in English and MathsEnd Point Assessment: Occupational competence validation interview Professional competence assessment Employer endorsement of occupational and professional competence

Learning & method assessment

What will apprentices learn?The importance of complying with health and safety regulations General engineering mathematical and scientific principles, methods and calculations The structure, properties and characteristics of common materials The typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment Approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering problems The importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentationThe different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact The correct methods of moving and handling materials Processes for preparing materials to be marked out The tools and techniques available for cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing materials. Allowances for cutting, notching, bending, rolling and forming materials Describe pattern development processes, cutting and forming techniques, and assembly and finishing processes, tooling and equipment Inspection techniques that can be applied to check shape and dimensional accuracy Principles, procedures and testing of different joining techniques (mechanised or manual) Effects of heating and cooling metals Metallurgy associated with joining and different types of welds and joints How to interpret relevant engineering data and documentation

User skills

Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop.Demonstrate due regard for own safety and that of othersCarry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures.Obtain diagnostic and repair informationInterpret diagnostic information and use wiring diagrams to determine serviceability.Use a range of diagnostic equipment.Follow recognised diagnostic procedures, logical diagnostic sequence and apply advanced diagnostic principles and problem-solving techniques to establish faults.Report faults using company procedures and recommend suitable further actions.Follow recognised repair procedures to complete a wide range of repairs including those which involve complex procedures, or in-depth knowledge.Test the function of repaired and fitted components.Complete documentation following workplace procedures.Use ICT to create emails, word-process documents and carry out web-based searches.Complete a range of services and inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer.