Getting Ready to study Engineering (Fabrication and Welding) at College

The ‘Getting Ready’ list below gives you resources and activities you can do to get ready for when your course starts at College in September. We have picked resources and activities you can access online and we have some suggestions of other resources in the ‘Going Further’ section too.

Getting Ready to study Fabrication and Welding

In order to be best prepared for your next step we think it is beneficial that before you come on to this course that you try to get to grips with some basic fundamentals within your course that you have chosen to study.

As a Welder/Fabricator it is necessary to understand how to read a rule and tape measure for performing simple everyday marking out tasks so it would be of great benefit to understand how to read these correctly. Please see the video below:

Another key element within our faculty of Engineering is of course safety and certain key health and safety at work acts, with this in mind it would be advantageous if you could frequent yourself with the various safety signs and the various laws and legislations within Engineering (for example the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). Look at the link below and familiarise yourself with your duties’ as an employee.

For the theory aspect of the course there is a big element of understanding how engineering businesses work and function and employing the use of business improvement techniques such as: Lean, 5S, Kanban and Just in Time (JIT).

Going Further to study Fabrication and Welding

Areas for further study can be found in videos below. We recommend you make yourselves familiar with the aspects discussed ahead of starting your course:

How to Read a Metric Vernier Caliper

What is MIG Welding? (GMAW)

What is TIG Welding? (GTAW)

What is STICK Welding? (SMAW)