General Welder Level 2

The Basics

Sector: Engineering
Qualification: Level 2 General Welder
Qualification Type: Apprenticeship Standard
Course Type: Full-time
Duration: 18 months
Type of Assessment: Ongoing and End-Point Assessment

What you will Learn

> Utilising a range of welding techniques based on your job role
> Ability to understand and interpret engineering data and documentation
> Complete engineering activities efficiently and effectively
> Be able to work both independently and as part of a team
> Health, safety and welfare in the workplace


Welding is used extensively throughout almost every industry and roles can vary dramatically from focusing on small scale projects to large scale commercial developments.

Due to the variety of job roles within this industry there are a wide range of specialist routes available from manual welding to sheet metalwork, welding machine operating to plate worker and structural steelwork to pipework fabrication.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required for this role however it is preferential that you have either completed the Engineering Study Programme or have some experience of working within this industry.

Roles Available in this Sector

> Welder
> Fabricator
> Team Leader
> Sheet Metal Fabricator


> Level 2 Engineering Operative
> Level 3 Team Leader / Supervisor Apprenticeship


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