COURSE INFORMATION

This highly sought after advanced level course offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of commonly used and specialist welding processes and inspection techniques used within the oil, petro-chemical, and nuclear industries.

  • The core of the HNC is the principles that underlie the fabrication and welding industry.
  • You will understand industrial practice in your local industry, the use of materials, and the effects of processes on their mechanical, physical and chemical properties.
  • You will also study inspection methods to allow you to make informed decisions on the quality and serviceability of manufactured products.
  • You will also develop your analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, planning, organising, reviewing and evaluation skills.
  • Distance learning

Your course will include important knowledge to enhance your employment and career progression options. This will include the following theory units:

  • Welding principles and applications 1
  • Welding principles and applications 2
  • Fabrication: preparation joining and assembly
  • Quality management: an introduction
  • Fabrication and welding materials
  • Inspection systems
  • Engineering project
  • Fabrication forming processes
  • Pipework 1: construction and site installation
  • Communications: practical skills
  • Welding procedures: specification, qualification and testing
  • Fabrication, welding and inspection: graded unit
  • Magnetic particle inspection – this unit can be offered as a credit transfer on production of current and relevant certification in this field of expertise
  • Liquid penetrant inspection – this unit can be offered as a credit transfer on production of current and relevant certification in this field of expertise

One of the following:

  • One Higher at Grade C or above plus two National 5s at Grade C or above, ideally in Maths, a Science, or a Technology subject
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Engineering SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate: Fabrication and Welding Engineering SCQF Level 5 with a good academic reference recommending articulation to a higher level
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • HNC: Computer Aided Draughting and Design SCQF Level 7 
  • Successful completion within this specialised area can lead to incorporated engineer level, including the specialisation in non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • £10 for a calculator
  • There will be additional costs associated with LPI and MPI training