Welding Techniques and Skills ABC Certificate Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is an updated Welding qualification to include the latest fabrication and welding techniques, materials, processes and practices, assessed in line with industry demands, which include updated rigorous practical assessments and online on-demand assessments.

The qualification structures have been developed with the typical learner in mind, to ensure the units contained within them are relevant and facilitate progression, whether that is onto higher levels of learning, employment or specialist fabrication and welding procedures.

The qualifications have been developed in conjunction with academia and industry experts and informed by the work of professional bodies in the fabrication and welding field.

The course will raise a learner’s skill level and enhance their underpinning knowledge to promote progression from basic welding and fabrication skills to a more highly developed understanding of equipment functions and how materials behave when subjected to fabrication and welding process. It will also educate the learner in the observation of the correct and safe procedures that are paramount in the fabrication and welding industry.

Units of study include:

  • Health and Safety in a Fabrication and Welding Environment – T/618/0753
  • Materials, Science and Calculations for Fabrication and Welding Practice – D/616/1291
  • Manual Metal-Arc Welding – (Vertical) Low Carbon Steel – H/618/0764
  • Metal-Arc Gas Shielded Welding – (Vertical) Low Carbon Steel – M/618/0766
  • Tungsten-Arc Gas Shielded Welding – (Vertical) Low Carbon Steel – F/618/0769.

Learners will be expected to wear the following mandatory PPE/RPE in the BTC workshops when carrying out welding activities:

  • TIG/MMA welding gloves
  • Leather apron
  • Head mounted welding screens
  • Air fed welding screens (Loaned and available on a first come first served basis)
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Safety boots
  • Proban overalls
  • A P3 Respiratory protection which protects against welding fumes.

PPE/RPE which is brought in by learners for use in our workshops will be checked to ensure it is suitable for welding related activities.

Assessment Methods

Learners can choose whether or not they wish to work towards achieving the ABC Awards in Welding and Fabrication or to just acquire the welding and fabrication skills without taking the qualification. To achieve the ABC qualification learners will be primarily assessed in the form of practical tests. Each process is assessed via two weld tests along with an accompanying basic theory test.

Progression Options

Learners who successfully achieve this qualification could progress into employment within a fabrication and welding environment or a manufacturing environment, or progess to Level 3 Pipe Welding Standard.

Course Summary

Course Title Welding Techniques and Skills ABC Certificate Level 3
Entry Requirements

For entry to this course you will need a Level 2 qualification in Welding or
equivalent, preferreably relative industry experience, and be motivated to learn
and attain new skills.

Attendance Requirements This course will run for 41 weeks (excluding two weeks over Christmas due to the College being fully closed). You will attend College one evening per week for 3.5 hours per session. You will be expected to use some of your own time to complete self study tasks. In line with HSE guidelines all learners must wear suitable respiratory protection whilst carrying out any welding activities in the Welding Centre of Excellence. Learners must be clean shaven in order to ensure a seal around a disposable mask and their face, unless they bring an air-fed mask, then facial hair is acceptable. Facial hair is only acceptable when an air-fed mask is being worn. Learners will be turned away if they are not clean shaven. At BTC we use the following masks - GVS ELIPSE HALF MASK RESPIRATOR P3. These masks provide protection from the fumes created by all welding processes used on our courses and fit neatly under the average head mounted welding screen.We have qualified personnel who can face fit negative pressure masks at the College.
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Coming to college was daunting at first but the independence you gain is amazing. I have definitely developed as a person and become more adult due to the freedom we are given here, it really prepares you for the future.

Peter Rutt- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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