Welding & Light Metalwork

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 335 Conc £195 Full £453 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 18/09/2018 04/12/2018 MV1250
Tuesday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 08/01/2019 26/03/2019 MV2250
Tuesday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 30/04/2019 16/07/2019 MV3250

What will the course cover?

The basics of welding methods and techniques, including gas and electric welding, and the basics of metal work fabrication techniques.

Who is the course for?

Beginners who wish to gain a basic understanding of the three main types of welding techniques namely Oxy-acetylene, M.I.G. and M.M.A. Also for those who have some skills and want to practice. This course is ideal for students who may be contemplating an Art and Craft project and want to add an extra dimension to their work, or a serious home DIY'er, motor vehicle enthusiast or those contemplating a welding career.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

No previous experience required just a keen interest in practical or creative activities and a desire to learn how to join and shape metal using heat or electric current.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Understand and apply Health and Safety procedures whilst carrying out welding and fabricating activities. Identify, select and use 3 different pieces of welding equipment. Mark out and cut metal accurately. Bend and shape metal depending on size and type. Weld a square edge open butt joint. Learn about, and control heat distortion. Weld a square edge closed butt joint. Learn how to stitch weld a closed butt joint. Weld a square lap joint. Learn to braize a joint instead of weld it. Weld a vertical flange joint. Weld a horizontal flat fillet joint. Shape a section of solid bar cold and or using heat. Weld a horizontal/vertical fillet joint. Weld a tubular section. Identify 3 common welding faults. Weld a square or box section. Bend and shape flat metal plate. Heat-treat / temper metal. Undertaken a project and evaluate the finished object.

How is the course organised?

The course is organised into weekly sessions which will include a mixture of practical workshop activities and demonstrations combined with individual projects.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Research a personal project idea, and discuss your ideas with the course tutor. Reading of any course handouts Buying books or borrowing from the local library / resource centre. Internet / website search.

How will my progress be assessed?

Visual examination of exercise pieces, Verbal feedback from tutor, observation of practical tasks.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Various other welding courses such as City & Guilds or EMTA. These courses aim to advance learners on to more training and possibly a welding career.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

You should bring with you steel toe-capped boots, or stout leather shoes are acceptable and overalls/boiler suit or old street clothes. (No trainers or soft shoes). Note book /pad, pen, pencil. If you’re planning a project there may be an additional cost for materials.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.