Welding and Fabrication Engineering Practice NC

What is special about this course?

This programme combines the NC Welding and Fabrication with the SVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations.  These qualifications satisfy the foundation training for a modern apprenticeship in fabrication and welding engineering.

Entry requirements

School leavers

  • Three National 4 qualifications including Maths, English and a technical/science subject.
  • SQA skills for work engineering would also be an advantage.
  • Satisfactory interview.

Mature students

  • Relevant post school education and training.
  • Satisfactory interview.

Progressing students

  • Access to Construction and Engineering with bridging Maths at SCQF Level 5.
  • Satisfactory interview.
  • Practical skills in welding processes such as MMA, MIG, TIG NDT
  • Fabrication plate work and thermal cutting
  • Interpreting specifications, drawings and plans
  • Health and safety
  • Engineering, maths and information technology
  • You will also develop your core, employability, enterprise and citizenship skills.

On successful completion of one year full time (longer part time), you will gain an SQA National Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Engineering and and EAL Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

One Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Successful completion of this course can be used to help you secure employment as a second year apprentice, as the course provides you with the necessary qualifications that satisfy the foundation training for the Modern Apprenticeship in Fabrication and Welding Engineering. 
  • NC Engineering Systems: Mechanical production and maintenance engineering or electrical, control and instrumentation installation and maintenance engineering.

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