Engineering and manufacturing represents a large sector with operations occurring across a range of sub-sectors including aerospace, chemicals, construction, automotive, marine, nuclear, metals, minerals and materials. The UK chemicals sector alone has over 110,000 employees working to produce household products and medicines.
Engineers are in demand in the UK – with two million engineering and welding-related vacancies predicted over the next few years. Opportunities can be found with companies on a regional, national or even global level. As well as large companies that require engineering such as Airbus, BP or GlaxoSmithKline, the sector is also made up of many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Students are based at our engineering & construction campus in Stevenage.
Our engineering & welding courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like Weldability and other local businesses
The campus has cutting-edge tools and technology from companies such as Weldability, who have provided a row of welding bays in which you can refine industry-standard welding skills
Guest talks from employers in the industry
Factory visits to help learners deepen their understanding of the welding and fabrication sector.
The engineering and welding courses at NHC develop your knowledge and know-how in the sector through an engaging mix of both technical lessons and hands on practical experiences. You’ll advance your understanding of:
Engineering construction: this will be an introduction to engineering health and safety, preparation and quality control of welding projects, TIG / TAG / MMA welding for the engineering and construction industry and how to join plates in engineering construction by MIG / MAG welding.
Welding and fabrication technology: this course will develop your understanding of the principles, methods and technology involved in engineering maintenance. It will focus on the welding of thick plate, thin plate and sheet metal, covering manufacturing, engineering and cutting techniques and assembly of engineering components as well as engineering environmental awareness.
Welding: you’ll develop skills in handling tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas, how to produce good weld joints, manual metal arc, oxy-acetylene, brazing, soldering as well as thermal and plasma cutting skills.