Undergraduate study

Course overview

This is a Teesside University award, delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education and provides you with a programme of study over a range of disciplines to help you develop skills to progress your career through employment or further education at degree level.

Fabrication and welding is one of the most important construction techniques used in engineering. You cover a range of processes from joining microfoil to the full thickness welding of plate in materials such as steel, cobalt and nickel-based alloys and non-ferrous metals.


Course details

You study eight modules covering the needs of local and national industries and business.

Course structure

Core modules

Engineering Science

You investigate a number of mechanical and electrical scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of engineering systems. This is a broad-based module, covering both mechanical and electrical principles. You gain an overview which provides the basis for further study in specialist areas of engineering.

Materials and Metallurgy for Fabrication and Welding

This module introduces the essential aspects of material structure, properties and behaviour both during manufacturing processes and also whilst in service. Welding engineers require a good level of knowledge of metallurgy and this aspect is also addressed. In addition, the module contains an extensive practical element which includes preparing metals for microscopic analysis, imaging using a range of techniques on a research grade metallurgical microscope, mechanical testing and investigation of components that have experienced failure during manufacture or service. Finally, you are introduced to the common engineering alloys relevant to fabrication and welding, and their applications and selection.

Non-destructive Testing

This module provides an understanding of the physical basis and advanced aspects of ultrasonic and radiographic testing equipment, techniques and procedures used in the fabrication industry.

Project Engineering

This module develops your ability to use the knowledge and skills you learn at work and on the programme to complete a realistic work project.

We integrate the skills and knowledge you develop in other modules on the course within a piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of a working engineer.


plus twelve specialist modules

Advanced Fusion Welding Technology

This module is designed to develop your knowledge of relevant cracking mechanisms during welding and also to further develop corrosion theory.

We will encourage you to investigate corrosion principles, which are developed to include prediction of corrosion rates, high temperature corrosion and bacterial corrosion.

You will also examine weld metal structures of the common engineering alloys and will get the opportunity to carry out practical weld metallography, imaging and analysis using state of the art metallographic equipment and imaging software.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the mechanism of hot cracking and other relevant forms of cracking in welds
  • identify how corrosion rates can be predicted and describe other forms of corrosive attack
  • undertake metallographic analysis of welds and use a range of imaging techniques and analysis software
  • analyse the effects on material properties of the key structural features of welded connections.

You will be assessed on in-course assessments and an end of module exam.

Analytical Methods for Engineers

You gain fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques to complete the core modules of higher national engineering programmes. It is a base for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, needed for the more advanced option modules. You use fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at higher national level.

Business Management Techniques

This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the functions, structures and inter-relationships of an engineering business. It enables you to develop and apply the skills of costing, financial planning and control associated with engineered products or services.

The module also teaches you to appreciate the development of the fundamental concepts of project planning and scheduling that can be applied within an engineering organisation.

Fabrication Technology

The aim of this module is to provide you with a broad and in-depth knowledge of a range of steelwork manufacturing processes and for you to develop an understanding of the factors influencing fabrication technology.

Fusion Welding Metallurgy

The module is intended to develop your knowledge and appreciation of corrosion and erosion as well as the metallurgical problems associated with the welding of corrosion resistant metals.

Offshore Engineering

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and appreciation of the essential aspects of the types, construction and operation of various aspects of offshore installations.

Topics you will look at include module design and construction, project planning, dimensional control, heavy lifting operations and the approval testing of welders and welding procedures.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the design and construction of typical offshore installations
  • evaluate the techniques used in dimensional control
  • determine appropriate equipment and techniques to be employed in heavy lifting operations
  • demonstrate an understanding of the essential principles of project planning and control.

You will be assessed on assignments and an end of module exam.

Production and Integrity of Welded Fabrications

This module will provide you with knowledge of the factors which influence and determine the strength of welded joints and enable an understanding of the factors which influence the production of welded fabrications.

Project Management

You are introduced to the basic concepts of project management within a school setting and build on the role of the project manager in managing project risk, teams and organisational change, addressing project management from feasibility to post implementation.

Quality Assurance and Management

This module investigates the principles of quality assurance and quality control and their function within a quality management system. In addition, you address the practical application of statistical quality control software.

Robot Technology

This module develops your understanding of robots and the skills needed to program them for a range of industrial applications including industrial robots and how they are linked together as a system – manipulator, control and intelligence and sources of system errors. You develop and apply the skills used to program robots for industrial tasks (for example, welding, assembly, machining), and investigate the various programming methods and facilities that are available. Finally, you consider the design of an efficient, safe robot cell, and the factors that must be taken into account when selecting, installing and operating industrial robots. This should also include the economic and ethical issues that surround the introduction of robot technology.

Welding of Non-ferrous Metals and Advanced Joining Processes

The aim of this module is to expand your knowledge regarding power beam welding processes and introduce modern methods of welding and joining both metallic and non-metallic materials.

Welding Technology

You will gain knowledge of specialised welding and cutting processes that may be used in industry along with an understanding of the factors which can affect the design and quality of welded fabrications.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You combine practical sessions, lectures and tutorials. You complement your college-based learning with self-study.

How you are assessed

Assessment is by a range of integrated assignments, case studies, projects and tests which are planned throughout the year.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have three GCSEs (grade 4 or above, including maths) or equivalent, plus one of the following:
• at least one A level in an appropriate subject
• equivalent Level 3 qualification in an appropriate subject at pass or above.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

This HNC award opens up the possibility of a career in a range of engineering disciplines including design, manufacturing, project management and IT.

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to seek career development into senior positions in national and international companies.

On successful completion of this course you can also progress to a HND in Fabrication and Welding.



  • Not available full-time


2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week (days may vary by location)
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01429 295000
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