Fenestration Fabricator – Level 2

Course Level:

2

Maximum Funding for Employers:

£6,000

Apprenticeship Type:

Standard

Typical Duration:

18 months

Manufacturing fenestration products such as windows, doors, shop fronts and walls

Qualification Overview

This occupation is found in the construction sector. Fenestration refers to the design, construction, or presence of openings in a building it can include windows, doors, louvres, vents, wall panels, skylights, storefronts, curtain walls, and slope glazed systems. Fabricators may supply directly to homeowners (retail/domestic market), the new-build market (house builders) or the commercial and public sector (local authorities, offices, shops, schools and hospitals etc). They can also supply the commercial refurbishment market.

The broad purpose of this occupation is to manufacture finished fenestration products such as conservatory roofing, curtain walls, glazed doors, glazed screening, roof lanterns, roof lights, patent/slope glazing, secondary glazing, shop fronts and windows. They usually specialise in a particular material – aluminium, timber, steel or uPVC and a range of products. They cut and assemble profiles together. Depending on the product they may add glass units, ancillary items for example, fixings and fastening, handles, hinges, locks and louvers, along with weatherproofing for example, gaskets, seals, membranes and sealants. Regardless of the product or material, it involves working to a specification, in line with quality standards, health and safety and environmental considerations.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with the production/general manager whom they report to and depending on the size of the organisation customers (internal/external), other fabricators, delivery personnel, design office, internal stores and suppliers.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completing their own work, with minimal supervision, ensuring they meet set deadlines. They may work as part of a team, with responsibility for a specific aspect of the fabricator process, contributing to the production of the overall product.

Who is it for?

Typical job titles include: Aluminium/uPVC Fabricator, Double Glazing Window Factory Fabricator, Fabricator, Production Operative, Windows/Doors Fabricator

Learning Outcomes

Occupation Duties:

  1. Receive, unload, check and store materials and components, for example profile material, glass units and ancillary items ready for the fabrication process; ensuring all materials are present and in good condition
  2. Identify and confirm fabrication requirements against work instructions/specifications
  3. Use fabrication equipment such as machines, hand and power tools; conducting equipment and/or machinery checks and adjustments in preparation for fabrication, including calibrations for accuracy of machine operation
  4. Measure, cut, drill and prepare the profile length of various materials (aluminium, uPVC, wood etc.) that will form the finished product
  5. Manufacture the product including mullions (vertical bars) and transoms (horizontal bars) using the relevant jointing method and/or machinery
  6. Assemble the product including opening frames, sashes or vents if applicable using fabrication methods such as crimping, sawing, welding, machining, bending and beading
  7. Fix ancillary items to the product, for example handles
  8. Check and inspect the product (such as windows, doors etc.) for any damage or imperfections in the frame or paintwork. Rectifying any defects, passing it on to appropriate colleagues or reporting the issue
  9. Clean and finish the product using appropriate materials and chemicals safely and ensuring the finished product functions correctly
  10. Protect and/or tape finished product and store ready for transportation
  11. Complete documentation, for example worksheets, quality and environmental records

 

Assessment Methods

End-point Assessment

Progression

On completion fabricators can progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for English and maths:

Apprentices are required to meet the initial entry points for English and maths as follows:

  • For level 2 apprenticeships the minimum entry level for English and maths is ‘Entry level 3’ (E3).
  • For all level 3 and 4 apprenticeships the minimum English and maths level 1, ideally level 2.
  • For level 5 and 6 apprenticeships, the minimum English and maths should be level 2, some individual circumstances may be considered at level 1.

Initial assessment is completed prior to starting the course.  All applicants will be supported to attain these entry levels prior to joining the course, or whilst on the course, where possible.

Apprentices working with young people and vulnerable adults would be required to hold a DBS clearance as necessary.

Eligibility

You must be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

For further information, please contact:

01245 254 875 or skills@ixionholdings.com