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.

Welder Level 1 & 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.

Student welding
Student welding
Student welding

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
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Locations

Kamloops
Williams Lake

Next program intakes

Kamloops
Feb. 3, 2020 - July 17, 2020
Aug. 4, 2020 - Jan. 29, 2021
Oct. 26, 2020 - April 23, 2021
Feb. 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021

Williams Lake
Feb. 3, 2020 - July 17, 2020
Feb. 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021

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Welder

Levels 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.

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

Welding Level B technical training is 16 weeks in length. 1,620 hours of work experience are also required. (Equivalent to Welding Apprenticeship Level 3.)

Welding Level A technical training is 8 weeks in length. 1,620 hours of work experience are also required. (Equivalent to Welding Apprenticeship Level 4.) Applicants must have completed Welding Level B.

Multi Process Aloy Welding (MPAW)

Course length

Five weeks

Course description

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

Credentials 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.

Apprenticeship training dates

Welding
 FromToLocation
WELD - Level 3 Harmonized tba   Williams Lake
WELD - Level 3 (Harmonized) Feb 10, 2020 Apr 24, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level 3 (Harmonized) Oct 05, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level 3 (Harmonized) Feb 08, 2021 Apr 23, 2021 Kamloops
WELD - Level B tba   Williams Lake
WELD - Level A Jan 06, 2020 Feb 28, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level A Mar 02, 2020 Apr 24, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level A Aug 31, 2020 Oct 23, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level A Oct 26, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level A Jan 04, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 Kamloops
WELD - Level A Mar 01, 2021 Apr 23, 2021 Kamloops
WELD - Level B Jan 06, 2020 Apr 24, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level B Aug 31, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 Kamloops
WELD - Level B Jan 04, 2021 Apr 23, 2021 Kamloops

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Costs for Welder programs

Fees are based on 2019 rates and are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

General
Application fee $29.83
Accuplacer exam fee $37
Accuplacer rewrites $25
Parking (student parking website) $2.50 (pass) Motorcycle
$5 per day
Foundation
Tuition $2,770.00
Student and lab fees $970.00
Learning guides and/or textbooks $320.00
Tool box with hand tools $250.00
Safety Gear: Welding helmet, oxy-fuel welding goggles, welding cap (with peak), leather welding jacket, coveralls, leather gloves, clear safety glasses, CSA work boots, respirators $550.00
Calculator, 3-ring binder, paper, pens, etc. $50
Total $4,910.00