• Engineering

    NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year. Day-release, two years

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Scotland has a world-renowned reputation for engineering, and is at the cutting-edge of engineering developments. Engineers design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. They have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities in lots of different sectors, including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction.

If you’ve got a logical and inquisitive mind, enjoy problem solving and are curious to know how things work, you’ve got it in you to make a great engineer! Right now, qualified engineers are in extremely high demand, with thousands of new engineers needed every year in Scotland alone.

Ayrshire College is an ideal choice for studying engineering:

  • We have STEM Assured Status which means we have been recognised for the quality of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses.
  • We’ve invested in our equipment, so you’ll be learning using the latest industry standard technology.
  • We won Training Partner of the Year at the prestigious SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Skills Awards in 2017.
  • Plus, we’re the first and only college in Scotland to be approved by The Welding Institute (TWI).

We’ve also got an excellent record of employment for our engineering students.

If you’re considering a career in engineering, and in particular welding, then this course is a great place to start.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in engineering
  • Four National 5s or equivalent OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course introduces you to the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work successfully in a welding engineering workshop. There’s a large practical element, but also some theory to help develop your knowledge of engineering materials and important aspects such as quality, managing projects, and health and safety.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll develop skills in the basic welding processes, including Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Metal Active Gas (MAG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG).
  • You’ll learn about fabrication processes (building metal structures by cutting, bending and assembling), and the equipment and machinery used in the fabrication industry.
  • You’ll learn about thermal cutting processes (cutting metals by melting or chemical reaction) including oxy-fuel, plasma and laser.
  • You’ll look at different methods for producing patterns for fabricated components and assemblies. You’ll learn how to interpret drawings, instructions and specifications into a set of operational drawings and templates.
  • You’ll develop skills in graphical engineering communication, learning how to create 2D engineering assembly drawings.
  • You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
  • Finally, you’ll learn to use basic maths and apply IT in an engineering context.

Go Anywhere

For employed candidates this course is also available on Part Time/Day Release basis. To discuss this option and to obtain further information please contact the department by emailing lynn.anderson@ayrshire.ac.uk

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a relevant HNC course such as HNC Engineering Practice (Fabrication)
  • Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in fabrication and welding.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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