Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard
This occupation is found in the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out metal fabrication work using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc.
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. Fabricators use a large range of metals including steel, aluminium and titanium at a range of thicknesses from 0.5mm up to over 20mm. The size and weight of the fabrications can range from components that can easily be picked up by hand, to massive structures that require several cranes to manipulate.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with planners, supervisors, inspectors, designers, welders, pipefitters, fitters, machinists, riggers, steel erectors, stores personnel, painters and many others involved in manufacturing, production, maintenance and repair.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant specification such as an engineering drawing or an international standard. Fabricators are also responsible for the health, safety and environmental (HS&E) protection of themselves and others around them.
K1: The importance of complying with statutory, quality, organisational and health and safety regulations
K2: General engineering mathematical and scientific principles, methods, techniques, graphical expressions, symbols formulae and calculations
K3: The structure, properties and characteristics of common materials
K4: The typical problems that may arise within their normal work activities/environment
K5: Approved diagnostic methods and techniques used to help solve engineering problems
K6: The importance of only using current approved processes, procedures, documentation and the potential implications if they are not adhered to
K7: The different roles and functions in the organisation and how they interact
K8: Why it is important to continually review fabrication and general engineering processes and procedures
K9: The correct methods of moving and handling materials
K10: Processes for preparing materials to be marked out
K11: The tools and techniques available for cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing materials.
K12: Allowances for cutting, notching, bending, rolling and forming materials
K13: Describe Pattern development processes, tooling and equipment
K14: Describe Cutting and forming techniques, tooling and equipment
K15: Describe Assembly and finishing processes, tooling and equipment
K16: Inspection techniques that can be applied to check shape and dimensional accuracy
K17: Factors influencing selection of forming process
K18: Principles, procedures and testing of different joining techniques (Mechanised or Manual)
K19: Equipment associated with Manual or Mechanised joining techniques including maintaining equipment in a reliable and safe condition
K20: Consumables used in Manual or Mechanised joining
K21: Effects of heating and cooling metals
K22: Different types of Welds and joints
S1: Work safely at all times, comply with health & safety legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
S2: Comply with environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
S3: Obtain, check and use the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
S4: Carry out relevant planning and preparation activities before commencing work activity
S5: Undertake the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
S6: Carry out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
S7: Deal promptly and effectively with problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
S8: Complete any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
S9: Restore the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location
S10: Identify and follow correct Metal work instructions, specifications, drawing etc.
S11: Mark out using appropriate tools and techniques
S12: Cut and form Metal for the production of fabricated products
S13: Produce and assemble Metal products to required specification and quality requirements
S14: Identify and follow correct joining instructions, specifications, drawing etc.
S15: Carry out the relevant preparation before starting the joining fabrication activity
S16: Set up, check, adjust and use joining and related equipment
S17: Weld joints in accordance with approved welding procedures and quality requirements
B1: Personal responsibility and resilience – Comply with the health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk, work diligently regardless of how much they are being supervised, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges.
B2: Work effectively in teams – Integrate with the team, support other people, consider implications of their own actions on other people and the business whilst working effectively to get the task completed.
B3: Effective communication and interpersonal skills – An open and honest communicator, communicates clearly using appropriate methods, listen well to others and have a positive and respectful attitude.
B4: Focus on quality and problem solving – Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrate attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency.
B5: Continuous personal development – Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seek opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice.
Apprentices will be required to have or achieve a level 2 English, Maths and a STEM-related subject.
There is the opportunity to progress to a level 4 apprenticeship where the job role is suitable.
All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.
There is no charge to the apprentice
£27,000 – employer apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice ages 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 5%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement based on circumstances.
Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard
Students can start on various dates, usually any day of the year
Typically, this apprenticeship will take 42 months to complete
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