Plate welder apprenticeship

Weld plate and structural components to high standards of quality

A plate welder manually welds plate and structural components to high standards of quality. This work involves fabrication, construction or repair of fabricated plate assemblies, extrusions and structural components often used to fabricate larger components and assemblies. During the plate welder apprenticeship you’ll learn to weld to internationally recognised quality standards using more than one manual arc welding process in at least one material group. For example, you might use manual metal arc and flux cored arc welding to join both carbon steel and low alloy steel materials. This role requires the production of welds in plate and structural components covering at least three plate welding positions, including vertical and overhead, and the three main joint configurations. Each welding process requires significantly different equipment, assemblies, controls, skills and techniques, and represents an individual production process, while every material needs specific controls and techniques to achieve a satisfactory weld. This role may involve working at height, and beside or over water.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements for the plate welder apprenticeship: Depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £25,000 per annum

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