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Level 3 Metal Fabricator

This occupation is found in a range of sectors such as advanced manufacturing engineering, engineering construction, and maritime. 

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 or repair of bridges, oil rigs, ships and submarines, 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.

What is involved in the Level 3 Metal Fabricator Standard?

All apprentices taking part in the level 3 Metal Fabrictor Standard will spend 1 day per week over a 2 year period at the Swarm REAGIT centre in Norwich.

  • Health and Safety and workshop behaviours,

  • Hand tools and traditional engineering techniques,

  • Working with and understanding technical documentation.

  • Welding skill development in 2 welding processes to include MIG, TIG or MMA.

  • Metal preparation and fabrication techniques

Our tutors will conduct reviews every 8-12 weeks for ongoing support and preparation of the portfolio for the End Point Assessment (EPA)

For full information on this standard, please refer to the IfATE website HERE

Level 3
Metal Fabricator

Status: Approved for delivery

Level: 3

Reference: ST0607

Version: 1.1

Date updated: 13/02/2024

Approved for delivery: 18 January 2019

Route: Engineering and manufacturing

Typical duration to gateway: 42 months (this does not include EPA period)

Maximum funding: £27000

LARS Code: 399

EQA Provider: Ofqual

Next steps

If you are an employer, send Louisa an email to get started 

If you want to become an apprentice and you want help in finding a role, then drop Sophie an email with a copy of your cv

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