Multi-Positional Welder Level 3 Apprenticeship

Multi-Positional Welder (Arc Processes)

Multi-Positional Welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process in all welding positions. Multi-Positional Welders are required in a number of sectors for example, the oil and gas sector.

Role profile
Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. Multi-Positional 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 Multi-Positional Welders in areas such as: power generation, oil and gas, marine, transport, nuclear, processing, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, construction and many more. Multi-Positional Welders make items such as: pressure containment equipment, pressure pipework, offshore jackets, submarines, military vehicles and equipment and aero engine components. Multi-Positional Welders are able to work with a range of welding processes, with different metals, to the levels of quality and inspection required in safety critical applications. The finished welds are often subjected to rigorous inspection and testing. Multi-Positional Welders are therefore required to consistently perform to high 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 Multi-Positional Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in the 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 all with different properties and behaviours.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

Multi-Positional Welders will have the skill to:

  • Produce good quality welds in pipe and/or plate using three welding process/material type combinations (TIG, PAW, 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) covering all welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead, Inclined)
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards: ISO 9606 / ASME IX / AWS D1.1, determined by the employer. N.B. These are regarded as licences to practice in welding
  • Achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional, surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic Particle and Dye Penetrant Inspection) and volumetric inspection (Radiography, Ultrasonics)
  • Position, assemble, prepare and check the welding equipment
  • Receive, handle and maintain consumables
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work area ready for welding
  • Check weld preparation and assembly prior to welding and accept for production
  • Complete progressive and final checks on the finished weld prior to release for formal inspection and report into the production control system
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above

Multi-Positional Welders will have the knowledge to:

  • Be aware of physical and mechanical properties (strength, toughness, corrosion resistance, etc.) and weldability of welded materials
  • Understand the fundamentals of welding metallurgy (weld solidification and heat affected zone)
  • Understand the common arc welding processes, joint types (fillet, full penetration and part penetration butt, branches, sockets, etc.) and welding positions
  • Understand the major components of welding equipment, ancillary equipment and the essential parameters for welding
  • Understand the terminology, operation and controls for general welding processes, joint types and welding positions
  • Identify and understand the causes and detection of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced
  • Understand the different types and functions of welding consumables and the requirements for correct storage and handling and recycling
  • Be able to identify and select correct welding consumables for each application
  • Appreciate the requirements for correct storage, handling and segregation of materials and tooling to prevent cross contamination between sensitive materials
  • Understand and identify hazards and health, safety and quality requirements when welding
  • Know how to monitor supporting activities often provided by others (fitting, purging, thermal treatment)
  • Know how to interpret and work to a welding procedure specification
  • Know their role in and operation of welding quality documents and reporting systems.

What are the entry requirements?

Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability and the employer will set their own specific selection criteria. However, the candidate will be required to successfully achieve qualifications at Level 2, in English and Mathematics within the period of apprenticeship if not already achieved.

How often do I have to attend college?

College attendance will be required over the duration of the course and this will be determined post-application. This will be in conjunction with further assessment in the workplace. Our well-equipped workshops will allow apprentices to carry out practical work in a safe environment.

How will I be assessed?

The apprenticeship programme is expected to have an overall duration of 38 months (but no shorter than 32 months). Prior to undertaking the end-point assessment, apprentices will be required to undergo a sustained period of on- and/or off-the-job training provided by a recommended Training Body. There will be a mandatory three-part holistic end-point assessment starting no earlier than three months before the planned end of programme.

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. Part 3 must be carried out last. In order to be successful, apprentices must pass all three parts.

What can I do next?

Professional Registration

This standard meets the requirements for Engineering Technician registration with the UK Engineering Council through a relevant Professional Engineering Institution which will be determined by the relevant sector the candidate is working in.

Progression

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

Information for Employers

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice Multi-Positional Welder?

Multi-Positional Welders will display the following behaviours:

  • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications
  • Maintaining competence with a commitment to Continuing Professional Development planning and preparation to ensure safety, quality and production and Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved
  • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change
  • Reliability and dependability to consistently deliver expectations in production, quality, work ethics and self-development
  • Leadership to encourage and support the development of others and complete point of work risk assessment
  • Accountability, to follow the specified procedures and controls and be personally responsible for their production work and personal development
  • Observation and Feedback, to reflect on current and past performance and provide information and recommendations for continuous improvements in planning, delivery of working practices and training and development requirements.

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

College attendance will be required over the duration of the course and this will be determined post-application. This will be in conjunction with further assessment in the workplace. Our well-equipped workshops will allow apprentices to carry out practical work in a safe environment.

How is the apprentice assessed?

The apprenticeship programme is expected to have an overall duration of 18 months (but no shorter than 16 months). Prior to undertaking the end-point assessment, apprentices will be required to undergo a sustained period of on- and/or off-the-job training provided by a recommended Training Body. There will be a mandatory three-part holistic end-point assessment starting no earlier than three months before the planned end of programme.

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. Part 3 must be carried out last. In order to be successful, apprentices must pass all three parts.

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work-based tasks

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

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Multi-Positional Welder Level 3 Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
DurationTypically 38 months
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£12,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£1,200
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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