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Undergraduate study
Engineering & Construction

Fabrication and Welding HNC

This course 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.


Course overview

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.

This is a Teesside University award, delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education (01429 295000 or

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Course details

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

Course structure

Core modules

Engineering Design (HN)

You gain experience of carrying out a design project, giving you an appreciation of how design involves harmonising key parameters and blending them into the design solution, and to produce a design report. You cover each stage of the process, including: client brief, planning, design specification, design report and evaluation.

Engineering Maths (HN)

You develop the fundamental analytical knowledge and techniques needed to successfully complete the core modules of Higher National Engineering programmes. We provide you with the knowledge needed for further study of analytical methods and mathematics, required for more advanced option modules. You explore fundamental algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and probability, for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems at Higher National level.

This is a 15-credit module.

Engineering Science (HN)

You are introduced to the fundamental laws and applications of the physical sciences within engineering and how to apply this knowledge to find solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

You study international system of units, interpreting data, static and dynamic forces, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, material properties and failure, and AC/DC circuit theories.

Managing a Professional Engineering Project (HN)

You are introduced to the techniques and best practices required to successfully manage an engineering project - from identifying a problem, through to finding a solution. You consider the role and function of engineering in our society, the professional duties and responsibilities expected of engineers together with the behaviours that accompany their actions.

You cover: roles, responsibilities and behaviours of a professional engineer, planning a project, project management stages, devising solutions, theories and calculations, management using a Gantt chart, evaluation techniques, communication skills, and the creation and presentation of a project report.

This is a 15-credit module.


and four optional modules

Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) (HN)

This module integrates the two subject areas of computer-aided design and computer aided-manufacture (CAD/CAM). You acquire a broad and deep understanding of the practical applications of a CAD/CAM system, and develop practical skills in 2D and 3D CAD systems and an appreciation of transfer of data between software packages. You use CAM software to generate manufacturing simulations of a component and design a dimensionally accurate component on a CNC machine using a CAD/CAM system.    

Fabrication Technology (HN)

You are introduced to the range of fabrication processes available to the modern fabrication engineer and build on your knowledge of the technology available, with respect to cutting, forming and joining of sheet metal, plate and structural steelwork. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of a range of processes and equipment and techniques.

Materials and Metallurgy for Fabrication and Welding (HN)

You are introduced the essential aspects of material structure, properties and behaviour both during manufacturing processes and also while in service. Welding engineers require a good level of knowledge of metallurgy and this aspect is also addressed. You look at the common engineering alloys relevant to fabrication and welding and their applications/selection.

Non-destructive Testing (HN)

You acquire an understanding of the principles and procedures, and related techniques of non-destructive testing methodologies used in the fabrication industry. You learn how to analyse the effectiveness and suitability of these processes in various applications and industrial environments and will feature the most widely utilised methods to include Visual, LPI, MPI, Radiographic Inspection and Ultrasonic testing.

Welding Technology (HN)

You are introduced to current welding operations including power beam and plasma welding processes. In addition, the essential requirements for the welding of carbon-manganese steels used in modern construction is also addressed. Finally, you gain an understanding of the causes of welding distortion along with the means by which distortion may be controlled and/or rectified.


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.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

64 Points from any combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications. Examples include A-level, BTEC, Access to HE Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, T-Level, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS tariff calculator.

Subject Requirements:
Level 3 Mathematics

We are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa for this course.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One day a week (days may vary by location)
  • Start date: September
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