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Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Level 3

Course code: XMZT090P

Subject area: Engineering

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

1st Aug 2023 - 31st Jul 2024

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.


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

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 Maths

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

Course units
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, documentation

- The 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

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 Maths

End Point Assessment:

Occupational competence validation interview

Professional competence assessment

Employer endorsement of occupational and professional competence

User skills
What skills will apprentices gain?

- Work safely at all times, comply with health & safety legislation

- Comply with environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements

- Obtain, check and use the appropriate documentation

- Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity

- Undertake the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment

- Carry out the required checks using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment

- Deal promptly and effectively with problems within the limits of their responsibility

- Complete any required documentation using the defined recording systems

- Identify and follow correct metal work instructions, specifications, drawing etc.

- Mark out using appropriate tools and techniques

- Cut and form metal for the production of fabricated products

- Produce and assemble metal products to required specification and quality requirements

- Identify and follow correct joining instructions, specifications, drawing etc.

- Carry out the relevant preparation before starting the joining fabrication activity

- Set up, check, adjust and use joining and related equipment

- Weld joints in accordance with approved welding procedures and quality requirements

What behaviours will apprentices develop?

- Personal responsibility and resilience

- Work effectively in teams

- Effective communication and interpersonal skills

- Focus on quality and problem solving

- Continuous personal development