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Download our MIG Welding Powerpoint for more info about this course.Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at people who are interested in developing their engineering skills; maybe for a hobby, or extension of skills in your work place or even beginning a change in your career.

Some level 1 qualifications will start with an introductory course to build your basic skills.


You will be working predominately in mild steel to become competent in welding the three most common weld joints; T fillet, lap, and butt. You will be using the MIG/MAG welding technique and learning how to prepare, weld, and inspect your work using dye penetrant testing and nick break testing.

Entry Requirements

As the course requires the completion of a log book and achievement of underpinning knowledge questions, then Level 1 English is required as a minimum.

As you will be marking out and measuring engineering components and working to dimensional tolerances, a confidence with basic maths is also important.

Dates and Times

We are hoping to run this course again soon. Please check back here for updated dates when they are released.

Course length

6 weeks – one evening per week for 3 hrs.

Course Content

  • Workshop health and safety
  • Prepare welding equipment and consumables
  • Prepare, support, tack and weld three different types of joint
  • Prepare and weld small section
  • Carry out non-destructive and destructive testing
  • Complete logbook and underpinning knowledge questions

Teaching methods

The course is predominately practical and based in our college engineering workshops. The tutor will demonstrate techniques and processes, correct and accurate use of tools and equipment and will support you through practice activities to develop your skills and knowledge until you are competent and ready to carry out the range of practical assessment tasks. Alongside the practical teaching, the theory knowledge will also be delivered. Students are encouraged to ask questions and take an active role in their learning throughout their lessons.

Exams and Assessments

The Award is assessed through :

  1. The manufacture of a set of practical assessment tasks
  2. ‘Write-ups’ describing the making of the practical assessment tasks
  3. Accurate completion of knowledge questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to provide anything?

You will need to bring your own steel toe capped boots and overall. We will provide all other safety equipment, and tools, equipment and materials etc. Please also bring basic stationary equipment such as a pen, pencil, rule and eraser.


By building up Awards from the Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 suite of units you can eventually create a full Level 2 Diploma recognised as a key part of many engineering apprenticeships.



Other Information

You will need to bring your own steel toe capped boots and overall. We will provide all other safety equipment, and tools, equipment and materials etc.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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