Fabrication and Welding

Fabrication and Welding

The qualification consists of:

  • SVQ2 in Performing Engineering Operations (SCQF 5)

This is a foundation course where you learn the basics of the workshop, e.g. How to safely use drills, hand tools, bench fitting, lathes etc. Completed at college in year one.

  • National Certificate in Engineering Practice (SCQF 5)

This course has a mixture of classroom and workshop units. You will learn about creating and following drawings, different types of welding, about engineering materials, workshop skills, using IT and more. Completed at college in year one.

  • SVQ3 in Fabrication and Welding (SCQF 6)

This more specialised qualification is gained by gathering evidence from your work over three years. Every job has the chance of covering some of the required tasks e.g. demonstrating safe use of equipment, following a drawing and using a MIG welder to make a simple joint. You write short reports to cover the outcomes and deliver these to your college assessor.

Modern Apprenticeship:

The Modern Apprenticeship is awarded by Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA). The MA is awarded when you have completed the three qualifications and three years ‘time served’.


The apprenticeship will take a minimum of 3 to 4 Years

Attendance at College:

Year 1

30 weeks at NAFC, Scalloway to complete SVQ2 PEO and NC Engineering Practice.

Years 2-4

Work based, working on SVQ3 portfolio. Go to college once a month. Assessor visits.

Typical duties will include:

Complying with health and safety requirements, choosing and laying out materials to be cut or joined, follow engineering instructions and drawings, decide on the best welding method for the job and test cuts and joins using specialised instruments. Common types of welding include: Oxyacetylene, MIG (metal inert gas), MMA (manual metal arc), TIG (tungsten inert gas) and Laser and ultrasonic

Personal Qualities, Skills and Qualifications

  • An interest in practical engineering, problem solving and working in a team.
  • Good manual dexterity, co-ordination and an eye for detail are essential.
  • Physically able to perform the range of tasks involved.
  • A mature outlook and willing to work with other people at other levels of the business.
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