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The Welding Academy
The Welding Academy was opened in 2012 in Partnership with New College Durham and Caterpillar Articulated Trucks, to address a regional shortage of skilled MIG welders experienced by Caterpillar and their supply chain.
From May 2013, the new extended Academy covering nearly 10,000 square feet, began delivering training and qualifications in MIG, TIG, MMA as well as hand burning and CNC plasma cutting. The Academy also has a range of general Fabrication equipment available for production and training purposes and is equipped with State of the Art Miller CE450 Digital, Lincoln Powerwave Digital and traditional manual “Steppers”.
In 2014 ILD opened their new destructive weld testing laboratory which ensures that trainees and apprentices can pass the required welding position (2f, 2g etc.) to BSEN287 standards before leaving the welding academy.
Who is the Academy for?
The facilities are open to all companies, organisations and schools who want to be taught to industry standards as well as gain Academic qualifications.
The Academy is also used to train Caterpillar “Junior Welders”. The Junior Welders are completing a one year Fabrication and Welding level 2 Apprenticeship with the first 3-4 months spent in the Academy completing practical Training and their Technical Certificate curriculum. On completion of the standard BSEN287 Welding tests that are undertaken by all CAT Welding employees, they will then progress to the shop floor environment to complete the NVQ element when deemed competent.
To date 80 Junior Welders have been employed by Caterpillar Peterlee with companies such as ADM pressings and Ferschl Tubeform also taking apprentices from this programme. Commencing September 2015, Caterpillar will recruit more Junior Welder level 2 apprentices in partnership with ILD with other companies such as Invertec Interiors, SNOP and NSK utilising the academy to train their operators and maintenance staff in basic welding methods and identifying weld defects.
Organisations such as Newcastle University and Deep Ocean also utilise The Welding Academy to give basic experience of welding and weld test techniques.
What course’s and qualifications are available?
Destructive and non destructive weld testing techniques including:
- Dye penetrant
- Magnetic particle
- Macro etching/ Macroscope measurement
- Nick break
- Bend test
- Practical welding techniques in MIG, MMA and TIG to BSEN 287 Standards
- Welding Health and Safety
- Welding defects
- Welding theories
- Welding TPM
- General Sheet Metalwork fabrication
- Level 2 and 3 NVQ’s in Fabrication and Welding
- Level 2 and 3 VRQ (Technical Certificate) in Fabrication and Welding
- Level 1 and 2 Awards in Welding
Many of these courses and qualifications can be fully or part funded.
- 3 Classrooms
- 2 x Dining areas
- Changing facilities
- 15 weld bays
- CNC Plasma cutting
- Destructive/ non destructive weld test laboratory
- Fully operational fabrication production unit
The Welding Academy is located adjacent to the North gate at Caterpillar Articulated trucks, Peterlee:
Location and contact details
North West Industrial estate
Telephone 0191 5862175