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Kelly
I am a time served coded welder with a wealth of experience of all processes and specs, I am interested in studying to become a welding engineer but do"nt know the best root to take in obtaining my goal. Any advice would be appreciated i.e. courses, exams needed etc
tonyp
if you are going back to college then you'll need a Btec in an engineering disipline including fab & weld would be an advantage start with an ONC then move onto a HNC, the HNC is the one employees recognise as a technical qualification
Paul
QUOTE (Kelly @ Feb 26 2004, 12:29 PM)
I am a time served coded welder with a wealth of experience of all processes and specs, I am interested in studying to become a welding engineer but do"nt know the best root to take in obtaining my goal. Any advice would be appreciated i.e. courses, exams needed etc

Hi, I'm currently working as a Welding Engineer. I served my time as a Sheet metal worker / fabricator. I done a City & guilds in fabrication and welding during this. I then went on to do ONC in Fab&Weld, then I done a HNC in fab&Weld and finally I done a HND in Fab & weld. Any of these would help you on your way, however you may still stuggle as I did due to inexperiance.
weld69
i think you will find that if you had a degree in metallurgy or materials science even mechanical engineering the standard of welding engineering jobs with up to 2 and a half times the 19k you are on would be easier to get into.the welding engineering jobs i have seen advertised ask for degree quals with big bucks on offer. but at least you have quals already and if you are happy that is the main thing but you might aswell go further with the quals you have already
ukwelder
Best rate we have seen so far for a Welding Engineer was the vacancy
recently advertised here on UKWelder by Lloyds Register.

That one was up to 50k plus benefits.

But the qualification requirement was at the top end with the applicant
having to hold a degree in Metallurgy or the equivalent, and be a Chartered
Engineer as well as a Senior Member of the Institute of Materials or Welding.
satsun
I also am a multi coded welder with a c-swip ticket interested in welding engineering, so i went to college did H.N.C. and iam currently doing H.N.D. part time which i have virtually finished,Unfortunatly any decent jobs that are advertised either require a degree or a million years experience.
bridgetack
satsun you got a hnd in what and how long did it take you to get it,was it done day release at college?
satsun
i got h.n.c in mechanical engineering i did this part time evenings two nights a week at stoke on trent college (apparently its one of only a handfull of colleges in the country that do this) I am now doing a h.n.c. to h.n.d. conversion one night a week in mechanical at the same college
ive approached some large and some specialist welding/construction companies for possible positions without success.But fingers crossed.
tonyp
I studied mine at Peoples college at Nottingham but there are about 5 colleges in the Nottinghamshire, mansfield and Derby area that will accomodate a HND in mechanical engineering
mick
HI KELLY,

YOUR BEST BET WOULD BE TO STUDY A HNC IN FABRICATION,WELDING AND NDT
IT TOOK ME 2 YEARS TO ACHIEVE, GOING TO NIGHT SCHOOL AT THE LOCAL COLLEGE TWICE A WEEK.MOST COLLEGES WILL LET YOU DO OPEN LEARNING, ONLY GOING IN TO DO ANY COURSE WORK.

AFTER THIS YOU CAN PROGRESS ONTO A HND IN FAB/WELD AND NDT,
I AM CURRENTLY STUDYING THIS, ITS NOT TOO BAD BUT THE MATHEMATICS AND MATERIALS SUBJECTS ARE QUITE DEMANDING AND TRICKEY, THE WELDING SUBJECTS A PIECE OF CAKE!!
THIS CAN TAKE UP TO 2/3 YEARS PART TIME TO ACHIEVE. AGAIN YOU CAN STUDY THIS OPEN LEARNING.

AFTER THIS I DON'T KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE NOT GOT THIS FAR BUT ALSO QUITE KEEN TO FIND OUT WHAT TYPE OF DEGREE TO PROGRESS TO.

HOPE THIS HELPS.

MICK
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