Fabrication & Welding Apprentice ALAN DICK ENGINEERING LTD

This vacancy is for an Apprentice Fabricator / Welder based in Morecombe. The broad purpose of the occupation is to carry out metal fabrication work, using things such as rolled steel joists, columns, channels, steel plate and metal sheet, etc.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 7.30am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Our fabrication facilities allow us to construct fabrications up to 5000mm high and up to 5t in weight in both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Plate rolling up to 15mm thick. Plate bending up to 15mm thick
Tube/Pipe Bending up to 100mm diameter.

Fabrication Responsibilities:

  • To be able to read and interpret detailed engineering drawings
  • Mark out sections and components in line with detailed drawings prior to assembly
  • Assemble steel components and structures using hand-held tools and equipment
  • Understand and work to client specifications
  • Operation of overhead crane and safe slinging and lifting techniques to assist and move and / or load structural steel pieces
  • Work to WHL quality procedures
  • Assist in the training and development of WHL apprentices
  • Working to WHL Health and Safety requirements
  • Keeping work area clean and tidy

Welding Responsibilities:

  • Welders to work on structural steel of varying grades and thicknesses marked up with weld details. Types of welding will be fillet welding and butt welding consisting of both full penetration and partial penetration joints
  • Welding in both down hand and in position. Predominantly using the MAG and FCAW welding processes
  • Successful applicants will be expected to adhere to governing welding procedure specifications
  • To have a good knowledge of all aspects of welding operations such as application of preheat, control of interpass temperatures etc, and generally a good knowledge surrounding the process
  • All applicants will be required to carry out a minimum of two weld tests in MAG downhand for a fillet weld and a butt weld. These tests will also be repeated for FCAW if the applicant is appropriately skilled and experienced

The training you will be getting

The apprentice will be working towards completing the Metal Fabricator Standard which will include the following:

  • L3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • L3 Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT (if not already achieved)

The training for this role will be delivered in Blackburn on block release so please do bear this in-mind when you apply.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Engineers are inventors, designers and problem solvers, people who make a difference to the way we live. As trained professionals, engineers are well paid and highly respected.Many get top jobs and even run their own companies. If you enjoy working as part of a team, like solving problems and have a practical flair, you will find engineering has a lot to offer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Accuracy


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4 (C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 (C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent ICT (Grade 4 (C)) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 4 (C)) Desired

Things to consider

Please do not contact Company direct. Please note; we reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a suitable number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply ASAP if you wish to be considered for this role.

About the employer

Established in 1975 and based in Heysham, Lancashire, Alan Dick Engineering Ltd provides a wide-ranging sub-contract engineering, machining and fabrication service to the industry. Over the years, ADE has gained a high reputation for the quality of service by working closely with its customers. By providing both machining and fabrication services, ADE has become a One Stop Engineering Shop, allowing us to provide both practical and cost-effective solutions to meet your specific requirements. We specialise in bespoke, quick turnaround work, servicing all sectors including the nuclear, offshore, marine, food, construction and chemical industries.








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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


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Apprenticeship standard

Metal fabricator

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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