General Welder Level 2


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. Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Welders are required to produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety of all. You could become involved in construction projects, technical welding or coded welding in the marine, defence, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries.

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
  • English Functional Skills Level 1 (if required)
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 1 (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


  • Be aware of the basic mechanical properties and weldability of welded materials
  • Understand the common arc welding processes, joint types (fillet, lap, butt, etc.) and positions
  • Understand the major components of welding equipment and the essential parameters for welding
  • Understand the terminology, operation and controls for the selected arc welding processes, joint types and welding positions
  • Identify and understand the causes of typical welding defects and how their occurrence can be reduced, for the materials and welding processes selected
  • Understand the functions of welding consumables and the requirements for correct storage and handling
  • Be able to identify and select correct welding consumables for each application
  • Understand and identify hazards and basic health, safety and quality requirements when welding
  • Know how to interpret and work to a welding procedure specification
  • Know the basics of welding quality documents and reporting systems


  • Produce good quality welds using two welding process/material type combinations (TIG, MMA, MIG/MAG, FCAW) and (Carbon and Low Alloy steel, High Alloy Ferritic/Martensitic Steel, Austenitic Stainless Steel, Nickel and Nickel Alloys, Aluminium and Aluminium Alloys) in two welding positions (Downhand, Horizontal, Vertical, Overhead)
  • Attain a qualification in accordance with one of the following standards: ISO 9606 / ASME IX / BS4872 / AWS D1.1, determined by the employer. N.B. These qualifications are regarded as licences to practice in welding
  • Achieve a quality of work to meet international standards for dimensional and surface inspection (Visual, Magnetic particle Inspection and Dye Penetrant Inspection)
  • Position, prepare and check the welding equipment
  • Receive, handle and maintain consumables
  • Prepare, check and protect materials and work area ready for welding
  • Complete and check the finished weld ready for inspection and report into the production control system
  • Ensure that health and safety requirements are fully accounted for in all the above


  • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications
  • Maintaining competence with a commitment to Continuing Professional Development
  • Planning and preparation to ensure production and Continuing Professional Development goals are achieved
  • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change
  • Reliability and dependability to consistently deliver expectations in production, quality, work ethics and self-development
  • Accountability, to follow the specified procedures and controls and be personally responsible for their production work and personal development
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
  • Block and/or 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.