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, nuclear, and general fabrication industries.

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.

  • 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.
  • One year full-time
  • Two years day release (employer or self-funded)

Your course will include important knowledge and skills to enhance your employment and career progression options. This may include skills such as:

  • Communication: practical skills
  • Welding principles and applications
  • Fabrication: preparation joining and assembly
  • Quality management: an introduction
  • Fabrication and welding materials
  • Inspection systems
  • Fabrication forming processes

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 employment as a Modern Apprentice and/or specialisation in non-destructive testing
  • Registration with the Engineering Council may also be possible
  • Calculator
  • A4 folder
  • Note pad
  • Pens
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • There will be additional costs associated with NDT training
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise