Welders cut, shape and join sections of metal in a wide range of industries, such as construction and engineering, transport, aerospace, and offshore oil and gas. They also carry out repairs on manufacturing equipment and machinery.
As a welder, you would select and lay out materials to be cut or joined, follow engineering instructions and drawings, use the most suitable welding method for the job in hand, inspect and test cuts and joins, using precision measuring instruments such as a micrometer and operate semi-automatic spot-welding equipment.
You will also work with metals and alloys. You may also cut and joint composite materials, such as plastics, using specialist welding methods. Common types of welding include oxyacetylene, MIG (metal inert gas), MMA (manual metal arc) and TIG (tungsten inert gas).
You would usually wear protective clothing, such as face-shield, apron and gloves.
Essential Welder Skill Set
To be a welder you will need to have:
– Good hand-to-eye coordination
– The ability to work accurately
– Good concentration levels
– The ability to work without direct supervision
– The ability to understand technical plans and drawings
– Good maths skills to work out measurements
– The ability to solve problems
– An understanding of safe working practices.
It is assumed that candidates embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of a minimum:
Grade 12 with:
– Mathematics (not Maths Literacy)
– Physical Science
– Technical Drawing
– Mechanical Technology
N2 Technical qualification with relevant subjects:
– Engineering Science
– Engineering Drawing
– Welding Trade Theory
– NCV Level 4
– Completed 7 subjects
– (50% or higher is required)
The course consists of the following modules:
INTRODUCTION TO THE WELDING TRADE
– Occupational profiles of welders
– Specialised welding related positions
– The welding apprentices and the trade test
– The work environment of a welder
– Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental
FABRICATE SIMPLE COMPONENTS
– Select and care for engineering hand tools
– Select and care for engineering power tools
– Engineering drawings
WELDING PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES
– Welding schematics, calculations, welds and welded joints
– Weld imperfections
– Welding consumables classification and handling
– Metals and weldability of metals
– Fusion welding
– Welding codes, standards and parameters
– Shrinkage, residual stress and distortion
BASIC GAS WELDING, CUTTING AND COUGING
– Cutting and couging
– Gas welding and cutting
ARC WELDING PROCESS
– Arc welding
– Manual Metal Arc Welding Process
MIG WELDING PROCESS
– The Metal Inert Gas/Metal Active Gas/Flux Cored Arc Welding Process
TIG WELDING PROCESS
– The Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding Process
QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCESS
– Welding inspection and Quality
This program provides for delivery in a variety of modes, including:
– Self-paced delivery
– Classroom delivery
– Workplace experience
– Simulated workplace delivery
– Combined delivery with other related units
Learning Activities during Institutional Training
During the knowledge modules learners will be required to participate in various interactive activities, which were designed to equip them with the knowledge required. Some of the classroom learning activities may ask them to check their answers with their facilitator or to check them in the learning activities.
During the practical skills modules learners will be required to demonstrate that they can put their knowledge to practice by doing practical tasks in a well-equipped workshop and controlled learning environment. Progress will be monitored by the facilitator and eventually learners will be assessed against prescribed criteria to declare them competent against these practical modules.
Total duration of institutional training required for knowledge and practical skills modules is nine months. During these nine months we will focus on the assessment requirements they need to meet as well as the background knowledge required for successful welding skills.
Individual learning progress will allow learners to complete the training at their own paste depending on previous exposure to similar knowledge and experience.
During the workplace skills modules learners will be mentored and monitored in an accredited workplace under the supervision of a mentor or subject matter expert to ensure that he/she is able to apply welding skills.
Once all the above modules have been addressed, the learner will be able to apply for trade test at Durnacol Skills Hub.