Working with metals to create high-strength welds in pipe and plate in all welding positions, using at least 1 arc process.
The following standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected from someone to be considered a fully competent Multi-Positional Welder.
Multi-Positional Welder (Arc Processes)
Multi-Positional Welders are fully competent in manual welding using at least one arc process in all welding positions. Multi- Positional Welders are required in a number of sectors for example, the oil and gas sector.
Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. Multi-Positional Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld.
Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. There is a high demand for Multi-Positional Welders in areas such as: power generation, oil and gas, marine, transport, nuclear, processing, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, construction and many more. Multi-Positional Welders make items such as: pressure containment equipment, pressure pipework, offshore jackets, submarines, military vehicles and equipment and aero engine components. Multi-Positional Welders are able to work with a range of welding processes, with different metals, to the levels of quality and inspection required in safety critical applications. The finished welds are often subjected to rigorous inspection and testing. Multi-Positional Welders are therefore required to consistently perform to high standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all and the global quality of life.
Skilled, qualified, professionally certified Multi-Positional Welders can work anywhere in the world and provide services in the harshest of environments. For these accomplished professionals, the monetary rewards can be significant.
There is a highly complex range of welding skills: the different arc welding processes require different levels of manual dexterity, knowledge and skill to avoid making defective welds. There are a wide range of metallic materials that can be welded all with different properties and behaviours.
Practical skills are considered as important as academic ability and the employer will set their own specific selection criteria. However, the candidate will be required to successfully achieve qualifications at Level 2, in English and Mathematics within the period of apprenticeship if not already achieved.
This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 38 months.
This standard meets the requirements for Engineering Technician registration with the UK Engineering Council through a relevant Professional Engineering Institution which will be determined by the relevant sector the candidate is working in.
There are numerous pathways for Multi-Positional Welders who may wish to pursue higher level careers in welding.These include progression to High Integrity Welder, Welding Instruction and Teaching, Welding Inspection and Managing and Supervising Welding Operations.
It is expected that this standard will be reviewed after 3 years.
Note: In order to articulate the specific level of skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be achieved and assessed to demonstrate full occupational competence in the foundation and development phase of the Apprenticeship. The employers on the Trailblazer group have developed a more detailed Employer Occupational Brief (EOB). The brief will inform organisations of the required elements of both knowledge and vocational skills within this Apprenticeship Standard. It will also provide a clear b asis for the development of the assessment of this Apprenticeship and will enable the sector to maintain world class levels of quality and ensure that the credibility and consistency of Apprenticeship outcome is maintained.
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