2024/25 - Start dates vary, apply now

Study mode

Part Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


Level 2

Course code


Fee Information

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.


This course is free to apprentices. Small companies may need to make a contribution towards training costs, large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy, if they have funds available

Course details may be subject to change.

This apprenticeship is perfect for you if you would like to progress within the sector as an engineering operative in fabrication and welding.You will learn knowledge, skills and behaviours, such as:[[[How to obtain the necessary job instructions, engineering drawings and specifications and how to interpret them ~ Engineering operational practices, processes and procedures ~

Entry Criteria

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. You will hold a Level 2 in maths and English (or equivalent).

What are the next steps?

You will be have an interview with the Apprenticeship team . As part of your interview you will carry out a number of tasks which will help us assess your suitability for the course. Please bring evidence of relevant qualifications and proof of ID, e.g. passport or driving license or birth certificate.

Study Aims

This apprenticeship is perfect for you if you would like to progress within the sector as an engineering operative in fabrication and welding.You will be involved in engineering operations that are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector. You will develop the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the workforce of your employer.You will work as part of a team to carry out a range of engineering operations which include fabrication/installation of a wide variety of other sheet fabrications and equipment and fabrication, and assembly of metal parts using joining techniques.

Modules Studied

You will complete the following qualifications during the apprenticeship, including the modules detailed below.Level 2 Diploma in engineering operations (skills)

  • Complying with Statutory Regulations and Organisational Safety Requirements
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Using and communicating Technical Information.]]]Plus four modules as discussed with the employer.Level 2 Diploma in engineering operations (knowledge)[[[Engineering environment awareness
  • Engineering techniques
  • Engineering mathematics and science principles
  • Fabrication and welding principles
  • Business improvement techniques
  • Manual welding techniques
  • Producing components from metal plate.

Teaching and Assessment

The Knowledge Diploma will be delivered in college on a day release basis, consisting of lectures and practical workshop delivery, and will be assessed through a mixture of practical, written and online assessments.The Skills Diploma will be delivered in the workplace by your employer, assisted by a college Apprenticeship Skills Coordinator, and will be assessed by the completion of a portfolio of naturally occurring evidence, ASC observations and written underpinning knowledge assessments.You will also complete an End Point Assessment (EPA), completing the following elements:

  • Practical observation – to assess your application of skills within your place of work, or in a suitable environment away from the workplace (e.g. In a centre approved by the EPAO)
  • Professional discussion – to holistically assess KSBs across the standard - informed by reflective portfolio.

End Point Assessment

The final assessment for the qualification is an End Point Assessment (EPA) which must be passed to achieve the full qualification.

Where can it take me?

Engineering technicians £30,680 Potential salary

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Civil engineers £44,200 Potential salary

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Engineering professionals n.e.c. £41,600 Potential salary

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