Reference Quantity: ST0349

Particulars of normal

1. Apprenticeship normal for welding – Degree 2

The next normal displays employers’ necessities for the abilities, data and behaviours anticipated from somebody to be thought of a completely competent Common Welder.

2. Designation of occupation

Common Welder (Arc Processes)

Common Welders are absolutely competent in guide welding utilizing at the least one arc course of. Common Welders are required in various sectors for instance, the steelwork building sector.

3. Position profile

Welding is a method to make excessive energy joints between two or extra components. Common Welders use excessive electrical power to type an arc. Handbook dexterity is crucial in controlling the arc, which is used to soften metals, permitting them to fuse collectively to type a structurally sound weld.

Welding is used extensively and in nearly each sector of business. There’s a excessive demand for expert Common Welders in areas reminiscent of: automotive, marine, transport, common fabrication, building and lots of extra. Common Welders produce objects like parts for automobiles; ships; rail autos; easy metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a security essential occupation and each welder takes duty for the standard and accuracy of their work. Common Welders are required to provide joints that fulfill fundamental high quality requirements as a way to be certain that the completed merchandise perform appropriately, contributing to the security of all and the worldwide high quality of life.

Expert, certified, professionally licensed Common Welders can work wherever on this planet and supply providers in harshest of environments. For these achieved professionals, the financial rewards will be vital.

There’s a extremely complicated vary of welding expertise:  the completely different arc welding processes require completely different ranges of guide dexterity, data and talent to keep away from making faulty welds. There are a variety of metallic supplies that may be welded, every with completely different properties and behaviours.

4. Position necessities (Expertise, data and behaviours)

Common Welders will have the talent to:

  • Produce good high quality welds utilizing two welding course of/materials kind combos (TIG, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW) and (Carbon and Low Alloy metal, Excessive Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Metal, Austenitic Stainless Metal, Nickel and Nickel Alloys, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys) in two welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead).
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of many following requirements:  ISO 9606 / ASME IX / BS4872 / AWS D1.1, decided by the employer. N.B. These {qualifications} are thought to be licences to follow in welding.
  • Obtain a high quality of labor to satisfy worldwide requirements for dimensional and floor inspection (Visible, Magnetic
  • Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection).
  • Place, put together and test the welding gear.
  • Obtain, deal with and keep consumables
  • Put together, test and defend supplies and work space prepared for welding.
  • Full and test the completed weld prepared for inspection and report into the manufacturing management system.
  • Make sure that well being and security necessities are absolutely accounted for in all of the above.

Common Welders will have the data to:

  • Pay attention to the essential mechanical properties and weldability of welded supplies.
  • Perceive the frequent arc welding processes, joint varieties (fillet, lap, butt, and many others.) and positions.
  • Perceive the key parts of welding gear and the important parameters for welding.
  • Perceive the terminology, operation and controls for the chosen arc welding processes, joint varieties and welding positions.
  • Determine and perceive the causes of typical welding defects and the way their prevalence will be decreased, for the supplies and welding processes chosen.
  • Perceive the capabilities of welding consumables and the necessities for proper storage and dealing with.
  • Have the ability to establish and choose appropriate welding consumables for every software.
  • Perceive and establish hazards and fundamental well being, security and high quality necessities when welding.
  • Know the right way to interpret and work to a welding process specification.
  • Know the fundamentals of welding high quality paperwork and reporting techniques.

Common Welders will show the next behaviours

  • A questioning perspective, to grasp the processes and related industrial functions. Sustaining competence with a dedication to Persevering with Skilled Growth.
  • Planning and preparation to make sure manufacturing and Persevering with Skilled Growth targets are achieved.
  • Intervention, to problem poor practices and channel suggestions to the suitable authorities to implement change.
  • Reliability and dependability to persistently ship expectations in manufacturing, high quality, work ethics and self-development.
  • Accountability, to observe the required procedures and controls and be personally accountable for their manufacturing work and private improvement.


Sensible  expertise  are  thought of  as  necessary  as  tutorial  means  and  the  employer  will  set  their very own  particular  choice standards.  Nevertheless, the candidate can be required to efficiently obtain {qualifications} at degree 1 in English and Arithmetic and in addition to have taken examinations at degree 2, for each topics, inside the interval of apprenticeship if not already achieved.


This apprenticeship has a typical length of 18 months.


There are quite a few pathways for Common Welders who could want to pursue larger degree careers in welding.  These embody development to Multi-Positional Welder, Excessive Integrity Welder or Welding Instruction and Educating, Welding Inspection and Managing and Supervising Welding Operations.


It’s anticipated that this normal can be reviewed after 3 years.

Note:  In  order  to  articulate  the  particular  degree  of  expertise,  data and behaviours  required  to  be achieved  and  assessed  to exhibit full occupational competence within the basis and improvement part of the Apprenticeship. The employers on the Trailblazer group have developed a extra detailed Employer Occupational Temporary (EOB). The transient will inform organisations of the required components of each data and vocational expertise inside this Apprenticeship Commonplace. It can additionally present a transparent foundation for the event of the evaluation of this Apprenticeship and can allow the sector to take care of world class ranges of high quality and be certain that the credibility and consistency of Apprenticeship consequence is maintained.

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