Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Welder

A welder is a person who has training in and is capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding equipment. They use flame-cutting, brazing and air-arcing equipment. Additionally, they use machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines.

Welders generally plan work from drawings or by analyzing the job tasks, determine the materials required and welding processes, then use their knowledge of welding to complete the job. They may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Workers use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.

Foundation

Introductory program that prepares learners for entry level positions as apprentice welders in most sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, resource extraction and resource development. Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. In the classroom, they learn theoretical principals of welding. Shop sessions provide the hands-on opportunity to learn processes and master practical welding skills.

Credentials awarded
  • Advance credit for Levels 1 and 2 of the technical training component of the welder apprenticeship.
  • 300 hours credit towards the workplace-based training component of their apprenticeships.
Recommended work-based hours

After completion of the program, it’s recommended that students gain another 2,700 hours of hands-on field experience before returning to school for Level 3 technical training.

Education requirements
  • Grade 10 minimum, however, Grade 12 is strongly recommended.
  • Successful completion of Accuplacer Test.
  • If assessment is required, the student will be sent to the Welding Department.
General requirements
  • Good command of English language is recommended.
  • Good vision, unimpaired hearing, respiration and good health in general are recommended.
Dress
  • Students must supply own gloves, jackets, goggles, helmet and safety-toed boots.
  • Tools
Other requirements
  • Students are required to purchase their own tool boxes and tools — available at the Tool Room TT252 ($220)
  • Boots, welding gloves, leather jacket, welding cap, helmet and goggles approximately — $200

Apprenticeship Level 1 and 2

Introductory program that prepares learners for entry level positions as apprentice welders in most sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, resource extraction and resource development. Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. In the classroom, they learn theoretical principals of welding. Shop sessions provide the hands on opportunity to learn processes and master practical welding skills. (ITA Standardized written exam after Level 1 and Level 2)

Course length: eight weeks per level
Credentials awarded

Certificate of completion

Recommended work-based hours

After completion of the program, it’s recommended that students gain another 2,700 hours of hands-on field experience before returning to school for Level 3 technical training.

Apprenticeship Level 3

Course length: eight weeks
Course requirements

For certified foundation-level welders and for indentured apprentices who have 3,000 hours or more of workplace-based training.

Credentials awarded

Upon completion of Level 3 welding, students write the Interprovincial Welding Exam. Those with a passing grade and 4,500 hours of workplace-based training earn:

  • Welding Certificate of Qualification
  • Interprovincial Red Seal Standard

Specialty metals endorsement (optional)

Course length: five weeks
Course description

For certified welders who wish to expand their skill sets, gain advanced certification, and enhance career opportunities.

Credential awarded

Specialty metals endorsement

Upon completion of the program, successful completion of a standardized exam, and 5,400 hours of field experience, a specialty metals endorsement will be affixed to the welder’s existing certificate of qualification.

All apprenticeships have a waitlist. Adding your name is free, and you will be contacted when your name comes up.


Welder testing and upgrading

The TRU School of Trades and Technology is authorized to grant American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certifications to welders who demonstrate competence in specific processes.

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Welding — continuing studies

Night classes are offered to students who want to learn to weld. These are non-credit courses that are usually around 24 hours in total. At TRU we offer the following:

  • SMAW — Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick )
  • GMAW — Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)
  • GTAW — Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)
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