Things are hotting up with new series of TCAT welding courses

Published: July 25, 2016

Self-employed industrial heating engineer David Pearce has been expanding his skills on a welding course at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

The 34-year-old, from Stourport-on-Severn, completed a level one course in TIG welding, plus level two qualifications in Arc welding, hi-lo 45 pipe coding, and structural steel plate coding.

And he said the TCAT welding courses – which kick off again later this year – had been vital in allowing him to expand the services he offers as part of his business, which has been running for nearly 10 years.

David said:

I have worked on a wide range of heating and pressure systems, and welding has become an important part of my job.

I took the courses to gain a good solid background in TIG and Arc welding – when I was searching for somewhere to study, Telford College seemed like the best option and location available to me.

He added:

The hands-on and technical experience I gained while studying here are instrumental in allowing me to gain the skills I now have to carry out jobs in my career.

I wouldn’t hesitate to take other courses at TCAT, as I found the facilities and tutoring to be excellent.

The college has been instrumental in helping me get to the level I needed to be to further my career as an industrial heating engineer.

A new series of welding courses are due to start at TCAT in the coming months, including level one Welding Skills in September and next February, and a level two Welding Skills programme in September.

Tutor Duncan Hall said:

David Pearce enrolled at the college on a City and Guilds level 2 MMA (Manual Metal Arc) course, after a professional discussion with David we both agreed a learning plan to suit his needs as a pipe fitter and welder.

David was highly motivated throughout the training and examination and passed all the criteria.”

For more details about TCAT’s new 2016 and 2017 welding courses, call 01952 642237, or see

Photos of Welder David Pearce in action

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