Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inMetal Fabricator

This occupation is found in the advanced manufacturing engineering and engineering construction sectors.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out metal fabrication work using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet etc.

Work includes manufacturing bridges, oil rigs, ships, petro-chemical installations, cranes, platforms, aircraft, automotive and machinery parts, sheet metal enclosures, equipment supports, and anything that can be fabricated out of metal. Fabricators can work alone or in teams, in factories or on operational sites.Fabricators use a large range of metals including steel, aluminium and titanium at a range of thicknesses from 0.5mm up to over 20mm. The size and weight of the fabrications can range from components that can easily be picked up by hand, to massive structures that require several cranes to manipulate.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with planners, supervisors, inspectors, designers, welders, pipefitters, fitters, machinists, riggers, steel erectors, stores personnel, painters and many others involved in manufacturing, production, maintenance and repair.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for the quality and accuracy of their own work whilst ensuring it conforms to a relevant specification such as an engineering drawing or an international standard. Fabricators are also responsible for the health, safety and environmental (HS&E) protection of themselves and others around them.

Course Content

Current Delivery Involves:

  • One day per week (Term time only) at Loughborough College
  • A progress review every 12 weeks with dedicated trainer assessor and line manager / workplace mentor
  • Observations and professional discussions with dedicated trainer assessor in the workplace.

Off the Job Training Provided

On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this, Apprentices need to complete off the job training during the on-programm phase of their Apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio.

Course Content

Duty 1 Work safely at all times complying with health and safety legislation, regulations, organisational and environmental requirements.

Duty 2 Plan and prepare for the METAL fabrication activities before commencing work.

Duty 3 Check materials conform to the specified grades, dimensions and thicknesses identified on detailed engineering drawings.

Duty 4 Use the correct methods for the moving and handling resources and materials.

Duty 5 Set up, check AND adjust the equipment for use in the safe and reliable fabrication of METAL products or components and maintaining the equipment in a reliable and safe condition throughout.

Duty 6 Interpret technical drawings, patterns, templates and specifications to mark out, produce and assemble complex fabricated products to meet the required specification and quality requirements.

Duty 7 Use appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to shape and form (HOT or COLD) metal materials, demonstrating and applying knowledge of material properties and characteristics throughout.

Duty 8 Monitor resources and activities throughout the fabrication of products or components, identifying areas for improving the production process where possible.

Duty 9 Cutting, drilling, shaping and preparing METAL materials during fabrication activities using manual and power tools, thermal and laser cutting, as required calculating dimensions and tolerances using knowledge of mathematics and instruments/equipment.

Duty 10 Operate appropriate tools and equipment to join metal parts using a range of mechanical fasteners and fixing techniques required by the specifications appropriate to the fabrication activity being carried out and in accordance with approved joining procedures and quality requirements

Duty 11 Operate thermal joining equipment to join metal parts using a range of appropriate techniques to the standards required by the specifications for the fabrication activity being carried out

Duty 12 Inspect and test joins for security against required standard.

Duty 13 Carry out quality checks on component parts and completed assemblies.

Duty 14 Deal with problems that occur within the fabrication activity in line with responsibilities of the role.

Duty 15 Restore the work area and equipment to a safe and reliable condition on completion of the activity.

Duty 16 Complete documentation at the appropriate stages of the work activity.

Where youcan work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

  • Metal Fabricator

Key Information


  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.


  • The enrolment process will be completed prior to the start date of the apprenticeship.


  • The apprenticeship will delivered at Loughborough College for one day per week (Term time only)

Entry Requirements & Functional Skills

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science
  • If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must: -Study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths
  • Initial Assessment on enrolment Level 2 Maths & English.

Qualification(s) Obtained

Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Operations (Skills)

Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Level 3 Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard

Awarding Organisation


Progression Opportunities

Level 4, 5 & 6 Apprenticeship standards

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Engineering

Full-time employment

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