Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician Enhanced Apprenticeship Standard - Level 4 (in centre learner)

SKU: GEN2/A/027

Course Aim:

This apprenticeship is aimed at those who are wishing to become a Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician (NWIT).  The principle function of a Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician will be to provide quality control and welding inspection services for the nuclear industry. You will ensure that fabrications meet the exact quality requirements specified in regulations, specifications, standards and detailed engineering documents in an environment where quality standards are paramount and safety is the overriding priority.


Student Pre-Requisites:

Pre-requisites would typically be 5 GCSEs grades A-C including maths and English at grade B or new grading equivalent. New apprentices also have to successfully pass the Gen2 aptitude test.


Course Duration:

This apprenticeship is a 42 month programme.


Location and Delivery Model:

This apprenticeship is delivered at the Gen2 skills centre based in West Cumbria.

Year 1 - Apprentices would typically learn four days per week in a Gen2 West Cumbria skills centre, with one day per week for Technical training.  

Year 2 and 3- Apprentices are placed on your site four days per week and study their Technical Certificate with Gen2 one day per week.  The students are visited by Gen2 staff every six weeks to assess their competence and monitor progress. 

Year 4  - Apprentices are in the workplace 5 days per week and visited every six weeks for assessment.

Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

This apprenticeship is awarded on successful completion of the End Point Assessment.


Programme Components:

A NWIT will be able to understand and apply:

  • Material Science – They understand materials, specifically metallic, and their behaviour during welding. They have a thorough appreciation of metal types, properties, composition and failure mechanisms to support the selection process for nuclear applications. This will include weldability of material, consumable selection, joining dissimilar materials, heat treatment as well as the potential metallurgical issues. They will also understand the fundamental aspects of destructive testing.
  • Welding Technology – They will be fully aware of the Quality Assurance requirements for welded constructions and have a clear understanding of the welding processes including accepted terminology, standards and abbreviations, i.e. tools & equipment, process and parameters, weld procedure & welder approval process and subsequent documentation & records.
  • Welding Inspection – They will fully understand all of the nuclear industry quality control requirements during welding and have the ability to undertake all three stages of weld inspection, i.e. before/during and after welding resulting in categorising of weld defect. This will also include the requirements for inspection reporting and verification of certification data in accordance with relevant standards.
  • NDT Techniques – They will have a knowledge of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques, specifically Liquid Penetrant (LPI), Magnetic Particle (MPI), Radiographic (RT) & Ultrasonic (UT) Testing which are utilised to detect surface breaking and internal flaws. Understand why and when these techniques are deployed as well as the advantages and limitations of their use.
  • Safety – They will understand the importance of safe working practices at a nuclear facility as well as the relationship between nuclear safety and quality, i.e. structured inspection mitigates the risk of a latent nuclear safety event. Be fully aware of the fundamental principles and implications of radiation types, sources, hazards and appropriate control measures. Understand how Human Performance and Human Factors affect the nuclear safety culture.


Delivery Plan and Commitment:

The qualification requires 20% of time from the student’s normal working week to be committed to the qualification for the duration of the programme. This time must be away from normal work duties.


Qualification Gained:

On successful completion of this apprenticeship learners will achieve:

  • A minimum of one non-destrcutive testing method
  • A level 2 welding inspection qualification
  • A HNC in Engineering
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