Fabrication, Welding and Inspection

Fife College


Glenrothes (Stenton) Campus, Rosyth Campus


The core of the HNC is the principles that underly the fabrication and welding industry. You will understand industrial practice in your local industry, the use of materials, and the effects of processes on their mechanical, physical and chemical properties.

The HNC in Fabrication, Welding & Inspection award aims to develop the candidates' ability to apply analysis and synthesis skills to the solution of fabrication, welding and inspection problems and provides a range of communication skills relevant to the needs of incorporated engineers. The award allows the candidate to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of core fabrication, welding, quality, materials and inspection systems principles and technologies at Higher National level and achieve a degree of specialisation within the following areas: Fabrication; Welding; Shipbuilding and/or Pipework Engineering.

Subjects Include:
Welding principles and applications 1; Welding principles and applications 2; Fabrication: preparation joining and assembly; Quality management: an introduction; Fabrication and welding materials; Inspection systems; Engineering project; Fabrication forming processes

Entry Requirements

1 Higher plus 2 subjects at National 5; Maths or a science or technological subject preferred; or Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering; or NC Fabrication and Welding Engineering; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview

Progression Routes

On successful completion of the HNC, Candidates are encouraged to consider furthering their careers by investigating memberships of Professional Bodies such as The Welding Institute or seek Personnel certification for Non-Destructive Testing.

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Full time

Course Length

1 year


Engineering and Energy

SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy