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Apprenticeship training course

Organ builder (level 3)

Design, manufacture and assembly of the components required in a pipe organ.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Designer
  • General Organ Builder
  • Organ Builder
  • Organ Tuner
  • Pipe Maker
  • Voicer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Maintain correct standards of health and safety for self and for others, using safe working practices such as when handling heavy components
  • Prepare and maintain materials, tools and equipment appropriately and safely, always fitting guards to machines as required
  • Identify and minimise hazards and risks in the working environment, e.g. casting and soldering, or when treating timber with volatile compounds
  • Create and interpret technical specifications, drawings, and other written and verbal instructions (such as cutting lists, rollerboard layouts and soundboard plantings)
  • Identify and respond to problems appropriately (including testing and adjustment); seek advice and guidance when appropriate
  • Select and use the appropriate processes/techniques to undertake organ building tasks from inception to realisation
  • Select and use correct materials as required by the specific task
  • Select and use correct tools and equipment as required by the specific task
  • Construct timber components such as soundboards and wind trunking
  • Use leather to make pneumatic motors and hinges and gussets in bellows
  • Connect and test low-voltage electrical equipment
  • Make wooden pipework
  • Make metal pipework
  • Put pipes onto speech and tune them
  • Lay bearings for tuning
  • Put individual pipes and complete ranks back into tune
  • Identify and resolve action faults in existing instruments
  • Remove and dismantle components safely and systematically
  • Re-assemble components and test that everything is working properly
  • Select appropriate stain/polish for finishing woodwork
  • Applies quality assurance checks throughout the organ building process
  • Follows policies and procedures; has consistent attention to detail
  • Communicate and work effectively with others as part of a team

Full information on Organ builder (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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