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Engineering & Construction

Fabrication and Welding HND

This is a Teesside University award delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education. This award 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, nickel-based alloys and non-ferrous metals. The course can be studied over three years or as a one-year top-up on completion of the HNC Fabrication and Welding.

Modules displayed are indicative and may differ depending on the college you choose to study at. This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education.

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Course details

Course structure

Level 4 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.

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.


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.


Level 5 core modules

Further Mathematics (HN)

You are introduced to the concepts necessary for the successful analysis of engineering problems and apply numerical methods relevant to solving advanced mathematical problems arising from engineering and technology

You learn how to use applications of number theory in practical engineering situations, solve systems of linear equations relevant to engineering applications using matrix methods, approximate solutions of contextualised examples with graphical and numerical methods, and review models of engineering systems using ordinary differential equations.

Professional Engineering Management (HN)

Whilst it is essential that a product or service designed by an engineer delivers the performance required in the specification, it is equally important that it contributes to the economic viability of the company and that all aspects of its life cycle are managed in a professional manner.

Research Project (HN)

You are introduced to the skills necessary to deliver a complex, independently-conducted research project within an engineering context. You are required to conduct research in order to produce a project that considers an original objective, explains the critical thinking skills employed in solving engineering problems and reflects upon multiple perspectives in order to reach a balanced and justifiable conclusion, all while employing methods of effective communication.


and four optional modules

Advanced Welding Technology (HN)

You are introduced to current knowledge in advanced welding applications. It gives an understanding of recent developments in welding power sources and beam welding process and with the evaluation of welded joints. Theory of distortion versus residual stress in simple structures and weld test methods.  

Fusion Welding Metallurgy (HN)

You are introduced to the metallurgy of welding various common engineering alloys to include stainless steels, aluminium alloys and various other alloy steels and exotic materials. This includes the action of slags, fluxes and shielding gases and their effects on the weld-ability of metal alloys. The problem of corrosion and its effects on welded components will also be addressed.

Offshore Engineering (HN)

This module introduces the essential aspects of the offshore engineering industry, highlighting the types of installations, their design construction and installation. The processes involved within this industry, and their key parameters, are also examined with respect to oil and gas processing and transportation. Ancillary structures is discussed and utilisation within the working environment reviewed. In addition heavy lifting equipment, procedures and planning operations is reviewed, as is the roles and responsibilities of key personnel within the process. Corrosion and its inherent effects is detailed and preventative measures highlighted.

Quality Assurance and Management (HN)

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.

Quality Assurance B (HN)

This module enables you to acquire an understanding of the organisation and functions of quality assurance and to apply procedures and techniques necessary for the control of quality standards in industry.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You study 16 modules covering the range of needs of local and national industries and business.

You learn though a range of teaching and learning methods including:
• lectures
• tutorials
• laboratory-based sessions
• computer laboratory-based sessions
• project.

You are required to 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

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.

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Subject Requirements:
Level 3 Mathematics

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

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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

The qualification provides you with the opportunity to work in a wide range of engineering industries.



  • Not available full-time


2022/23 entry

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

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