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Metal Fabrication

A craft apprenticeship for those who wish to work as a Metal Fabricator.

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Overview

The Metal Fabricator's work involves the installation and manufacture of a range of metallic systems to include pressure vessels, tank and boiler manufacture, structural steel systems, plate steel systems and piping systems.

As a Metal Fabricator you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail.

The Metal Fabricator must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

What does a Metal Fabricator do?

  • Works with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
  • Knowledge of a range of metal fabrication processes
  • Performing a range of welding processes
  • Interpreting technical drawings and specifications
  • Measuring, marking out, cutting and welding mild steel, stainless steel, alloy steels and aluminium plate and pipe
  • Installation of structural steel systems

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

The minimum educational requirements are:

Grade D in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination,

or

an approved equivalent,

or

The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course,

or

Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial
activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable.

How does the training work?

Phase 1: With Employer

Induction Training
Introduction to Health & Safety
Introduction to Tools & Equipment
Introduction to Basic Skills

Phase 2: Delivered at Kerry College – Monavalley Campus
(22 weeks)

You’ll study:

Plate and Pipe Fabrication
Thermal Processes
Structural Fabrication
Fabrication Drawing
Team leadership
Communications

Phase 3: With Employer

Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 4: Delivered in Educational Colleges (11 weeks)

You’ll study:

Thermal Processes
Plate and Pipe Fabrication
Structural Fabrication
Fabrication Drawing
Team Leadership
Communications

Phase 5: With Employer

Work Based Training and Assessments

Phase 6: Delivered in Educational Colleges (11 weeks)

You’ll study:

Thermal Processes
Plate and Pipe Fabrication
Structural Fabrication
Fabrication Drawing
Team Leadership
Communications

Phase 7: With Employer

Work Based Training and Assessments

What's the certification?

Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft - Metal Fabricator?

Still have questions?

Contact our Apprenticeship Services Team at Kerry College

(Monavalley Campus) on 066 714 9600.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. An Apprenticeship is not a course. It is a contract of employment between SOLAS, the employer and the apprentice - with on-the-job and off-the-job training delivered in phases.

The first step is to secure a job with an approved apprentice employer.

Full details are available on: www.apprenticeship.ie

Many people think this, but it actually isn't.

Taking on an apprenticeship can be challenging. Bear in mind that you are a paid employee,training to be a professional craftsperson and this requires maturity, dedication and commitment.

You'll be balancing work and study which is never easy. Examinations can be intense and you will be required to both study and learn key technical, operational and safety information.

Start by doing some research. Find out what's involved in an apprenticeship and then focus in on apprenticeship you're thinking about.

Speak to people. Ask employers, qualified tradespersons and apprentices to help you find out more.

Get the advice of your parents/guardians, career guidance or adult guidance counsellor.

Make an appointment to see one of the Apprenticeship services team at Kerry College's Monavalley Campus. While they won't find an employer for you, they will give you some advice and insights.

Absolutely. It's an imporant part of figuring out if this career or sector is right for you - but also it shows a potential employer that you are genuinely interested.

These are a great idea if you are just coming out of school or aren't sure if a particular career sector is for you. Kerry College run a number of Pre-Apprenticeship course. You'll find them in the Full-time Programmes section.

In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than Kerry College.

Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register you as an apprentice with SOLAS.

The employer must be approved to train apprentices.

The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

All Apprenticeships are Earn & Learn. This means you get paid while you are in training.

For traditional, Craft Apprenticeships, the employer pays the apprentice while s/he is being trained on-the-job. This is known as the Apprentice Rate or Salary.

The Apprentice rates of pay are based on a percentage of the fully qualified rate for the occupation:

1st Year – 33.3%

2nd Year – 50%

3rd Year – 75%

4th Year – 90%

A training allowance is paid by Kerry College while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training at our Monavalley Campus.

For all New Apprenticeships, which have been developed since 2016, the employer pays an agreed Apprentice Rate or Salary for both on-the-job and off-the-job phases of the apprenticeship.

Further details are available on: www.apprenticeship.ie

The Annual Student Contribution is charged to students attending Higher Education Institutions including Institutes of Technology (IoT).

Apprentices now pay the same contribution as full time students, but their contribution is based on the time they spend in the Institute or College.

The Student Contribution is payable to the IoT /College on the date of registration for the training phase. You should consult the relevant IoT/College for details of payment options.

We always post APPRENTICE WANTED notices on our Kerry College (Monavalley Campus) Facebook page. Like and Follow the page. Under the 'Following' button select 'See First' and switch Notifications on.

SOLAS have a new Apprenticeship Finder which is here: https://rb.gy/0topdx

IRISH JOBS have a good section on their site too: https://www.irishjobs.ie/Apprenticeship-Jobs

We have no control over this as recruitment for all Apprenticeship phases is decided centrally by SOLAS. 

Apprentices are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout their apprenticeship.

Modular assessments take place during the off-the-job training phases. These assessments incorporate course work, standardised practical assessments and theoretical assessments.

During the on-the-job training phases, the apprentice’s competence is assessed by the employer.

An apprenticeship automatically ends if the apprentice fails, after three attempts, to reach the required specified standard, in any of the off-the-job modular assessments.

However, SOLAS provides a way for both the apprentices and employers to appeal this.

In cases where appeals are successful the apprentice is afforded the opportunity of a fourth and final attempt.

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