Pipe/Plate Welder Level 3


Joining materials to construct assemblies in a range of positions

Who is it for?

Welding is a way to make high strength joints between two or more parts. 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. Multi-Positional Welders are able to work with a range of welding processes and 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.

You need to be aged 16 and over with 4 GCSEs at Grades A-C or 9-4 including Maths and English.

What will I learn?

Whilst undertaking this apprenticeship you will gain a wealth of knowledge and skills undertaking a key role within your company. In addition you will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Foundation Training Phase
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Development Knowledge)
  • EAL NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding
  • English Functional Skills Level 2 (if required)
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2 (if required)

When can I start?

Right now! Our apprenticeships team work with local employers to make apprenticeships available. New vacancies are added to the PETA website and it’s really easy to apply - so why wait?

Course Overview


  • Understand the mechanical and physical properties of commonly welded materials.
  • Understand the fundamentals of welding metallurgy
  • Understand the common manual arc welding processes
  • Understand the common joint types
  • Understand the welding positions and progressions
  • Set, modify and monitor welding controls and secondary controls.
  • The major components of welding equipment
  • The merits, applications and limitations of material preparation methods and manual material removal processes
  • Welding Procedure Specification requirements, contents and information
  • Identification and the causes of typical welding defects
  • Types and functions of welding welding consumables
  • Organisational quality documentation, reporting systems, procedures and their role within the overall quality process
  • Performance success factors in production, inspection reporting, productivity
  • Risks and mitigation measures associated with welding
  • The importance of complying with statutory and organisational regulations
  • Continuous improvement processes, performance review and how this is undertaken


  • Work safely at all times, comply with health and safety legislation and organisational requirements
  • Obtain, check and use appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • Plan all preparatory tasks and interfaces and pipe welding activity, before commencing work
  • Obtain, position and assemble welding equipment and associated safety protection needed
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work areas ready for welding
  • Set, test, and monitor key welding parameters as detailed in the Welding Procedure Specification
  • Deal promptly and effectively with problems within the limits of their responsibility
  • Use manual processes and equipment to remove material
  • Achieves a quality of work to meet international standards
  • Monitor weld quality and dimensions throughout welding activity and on completion
  • Restore the work area on completion of the activity
  • Complete any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
  • Produce welds
    • using two welding processes from TIG, PAW, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW
    • using two different materials
    • in plate welding positions which must include vertical and overhead in three main joint configurations


  • Takes responsibility for decision-making, without autonomy of welding processes
  • Enquires and seeks guidance, in order to understand the processes
  • Committed to maintaining competence through Continuing Professional Development planning, preparation and reflection to ensure safety, quality and production and ensuring Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved.
  • Intervene and challenge poor practice and have confidence to channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change.
  • Consistently and reliably deliver expectations in safety, production, quality, ethics and self-development
  • Encourages and supports the development of others and completes point of work risk assessments.
  • Follows the specified procedures and controls and be personally responsible and accountable for their production work and personal development
  • Reflect on current and past performance and provide information and recommendations for continuous improvements in efficiency and effectiveness of working practices, and training and development requirements
Additional Information

During your apprenticeship you will receive:

  • An induction to the programme to make you feel welcome and to help you understand how the apprenticeship works
  • Day release training at our Training Centre to help build your knowledge and skills
  • Training in the workplace to help you learn the job role and to become a valued member of the team
  • Regular progress reviews to help with your development and to ensure you remain on track to successfully complete your apprenticeship

The majority of your learning will be undertaken whilst you are working.  To successfully achieve the apprenticeship 20% of the teaching, learning and development will be undertaken through off-the-job training which takes place at our PETA Engineering Training Centre in Havant