Welder Apprentice

Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. They use flame-cutting, brazing and soldering equipment, melting and fusing pieces to be joined to form a permanent bond. They also use metal-shaping 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 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.

Certified welders will qualify for Pressure Welding tests in British Columbia, administered by Technical Safety BC.

Welder is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Recommendations

Grade 10 or equivalent education is recommended (Grade 12 preferred).

 

Two separate Welder program pathways are available to students. In contrast to the apprenticeship pathway described here, the other one does not require employer sponsorship - refer to Welder A-B Modular for details.

 

The Apprenticeship program comprises Levels 1-to-3 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 8-10 weeks (240-300 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 4,620 hours of work-based training. Students that have completed Welder Foundation are eligible to begin at Level 3.

 

After receiving their Certificate of Qualification, Welders can optionally register for an advanced Multi-Process Alloy Welding (MPAW) endorsement, requiring a further 5 weeks (150 hours) of technical training and 900 hours of work-based training.

TRADE TRAINING PROGRAM TYPES

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Aug 02 2022Sep 02 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Sep 06 2022Oct 28 2022

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Sep 06 2022Oct 07 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Sep 06 2022Oct 07 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 03 2022Dec 09 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Oct 11 2022Dec 02 2022

Welder (Harmonized)

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Oct 11 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Oct 11 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder (Harmonized)

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Oct 11 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 11 2022Nov 11 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Oct 24 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 24 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Oct 31 2022Dec 23 2022

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Nov 14 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Nov 14 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Jan 03 2023Feb 24 2023

Welder (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Jan 03 2023Mar 10 2023

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Jan 03 2023Feb 03 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 04 2023Mar 10 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Jan 04 2023Feb 24 2023

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 04 2023Feb 03 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Jan 09 2023Mar 03 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Jan 09 2023Mar 03 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 09 2023Mar 03 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 06 2023Mar 10 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Feb 27 2023May 05 2023

Welder (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Mar 06 2023May 12 2023

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Mar 13 2023May 05 2023

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Mar 13 2023Apr 14 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Mar 27 2023May 19 2023

Welder Foundation (Harmonized)

INSTITUTIONS THAT OFFER THE PROGRAM BUT HAVE NO ACTIVELY SCHEDULED INTAKES

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College of the Rockies

Main Campus

Apr 04 2022May 27 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Aug 29 2022Dec 16 2022

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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North Island College

Campbell River

Sep 06 2022Mar 24 2023

Welder Apprentice (Harmonized)

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