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 totally competent Normal Welder.

2. Designation of occupation

Normal Welder (Arc Processes)

Normal Welders are totally competent in handbook welding utilizing at the least one arc course of. Normal Welders are required in various sectors for instance, the steelwork development sector.

3. Function profile

Welding is a method to make excessive energy joints between two or extra components. Normal Welders use excessive electrical vitality to type an arc. Guide 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 virtually each sector of business. There’s a excessive demand for expert Normal Welders in areas corresponding to: automotive, marine, transport, normal fabrication, development and lots of extra. Normal Welders produce gadgets like elements for vehicles; ships; rail autos; easy metallic containers; and steelwork for bridges, buildings and gantries. Welding is a security crucial occupation and each welder takes duty for the standard and accuracy of their work. Normal Welders are required to provide joints that fulfill primary high quality requirements to be able to be certain that the completed merchandise operate accurately, contributing to the protection of all and the worldwide high quality of life.

Expert, certified, professionally licensed Normal Welders can work anyplace on the earth and supply companies in harshest of environments. For these completed professionals, the financial rewards might be important.

There’s a extremely advanced vary of welding abilities:  the completely different arc welding processes require completely different ranges of handbook 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. Function necessities (Expertise, data and behaviours)

Normal 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 apply in welding.
  • Obtain a high quality of labor to fulfill worldwide requirements for dimensional and floor inspection (Visible, Magnetic
  • Particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection).
  • Place, put together and examine the welding gear.
  • Obtain, deal with and preserve consumables
  • Put together, examine and shield supplies and work space prepared for welding.
  • Full and examine the completed weld prepared for inspection and report into the manufacturing management system.
  • Make sure that well being and security necessities are totally accounted for in all of the above.

Normal Welders will have the data to:

  • Concentrate on the fundamental mechanical properties and weldability of welded supplies.
  • Perceive the frequent arc welding processes, joint sorts (fillet, lap, butt, and so on.) and positions.
  • Perceive the most important elements of welding gear and the important parameters for welding.
  • Perceive the terminology, operation and controls for the chosen arc welding processes, joint sorts and welding positions.
  • Determine and perceive the causes of typical welding defects and the way their incidence might be decreased, for the supplies and welding processes chosen.
  • Perceive the features of welding consumables and the necessities for proper storage and dealing with.
  • Have the ability to establish and choose right welding consumables for every utility.
  • Perceive and establish hazards and primary well being, security and high quality necessities when welding.
  • Know the best way to interpret and work to a welding process specification.
  • Know the fundamentals of welding high quality paperwork and reporting techniques.

Normal Welders will show the next behaviours

  • A questioning angle, to know 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 objectives are achieved.
  • Intervention, to problem poor practices and channel suggestions to the suitable authorities to implement change.
  • Reliability and dependability to constantly ship expectations in manufacturing, high quality, work ethics and self-development.
  • Accountability, to comply with the required procedures and controls and be personally accountable for their manufacturing work and private improvement.


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


This apprenticeship has a typical period of 18 months.


There are quite a few pathways for Normal Welders who could want to pursue greater stage careers in welding.  These embrace 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 will likely be reviewed after 3 years.

Note:  In  order  to  articulate  the  particular  stage  of  abilities,  data and behaviours  required  to  be achieved  and  assessed  to show 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 temporary will inform organisations of the required components of each data and vocational abilities inside this Apprenticeship Normal. It’s going to 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 final result is maintained.

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