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Apprenticeship training course

Nuclear welding inspection technician (level 4)

Carrying out quality control and welding inspections for the nuclear industry, to ensure the safety and robustness of nuclear sites.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Before Welding: They ensure material storage, condition and certification is correct and that the welding process is in accordance with an approved procedure. They also ensure that the welder is qualified, welding equipment is in a suitable condition and calibrated, consumables are correctly specified, stored and certified and weld joint fit up and weld faces are correct and free from damage and contaminants.
  • During Welding: They carry out process and parameter monitoring and verification ensuring current, voltage, heat and travel speed are in accordance with the welding procedure. Inspection of the weld root and verification of inter run cleaning.
  • After Welding: They carry out weld appearance & identification checks (visual inspection), Non-destructive testing, dimensional surveys against engineering drawings. They ensure subsequent repairs are completed and recorded, post weld heat treatment is in accordance with defined parameters and record completion & verification and subsequent inspection reporting.
  • Technical Requirement – They can interpret engineering drawings and procedures to ensure fabrication and dimensional requirements are achieved. Correctly apply inspection methods and records results.
  • Technical Specifications – They can apply relevant nuclear specific, British and international standards & specifications to inspection and reporting of welding and weld quality.
  • Certification – They carry out verification of Certification data, ensuring the requirements of nuclear specific, British and international regulations, standards & specifications are achieved and traceability has been maintained throughout the welding and inspection phase.
  • Safety – They always operate with the highest regard to safety of self and others within a nuclear environment and with effective control of risks associated with welding and inspection tasks.
  • Business Improvement – They will apply a variety of appropriate business improvement techniques to solve business problems and improve business efficiency. Understand the theory, principles and practice associated with a variety of appropriate business improvement techniques.

Full information on Nuclear welding inspection technician (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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