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.

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North Island College

Campbell River

Jan 29 2024Aug 09 2024

Welder (Harmonized)

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North Island College

Campbell River

Jan 29 2024Aug 09 2024

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North Island College

Campbell River

Jan 29 2024Aug 09 2024

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Thompson Rivers University

Chase, BC

Aug 06 2024Sep 28 2024

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Aug 19 2024Oct 11 2024

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North Island College

Campbell River

Sep 03 2024Mar 20 2025

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North Island College

Campbell River

Sep 03 2024Mar 20 2025

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North Island College

Campbell River

Sep 03 2024Mar 20 2025

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Camosun College

Interurban

Sep 03 2024Oct 04 2024

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Camosun College

Interurban

Sep 03 2024Oct 25 2024

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Sep 03 2024Dec 19 2024

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Sep 03 2024Dec 19 2024

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Sep 03 2024Dec 19 2024

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Sep 03 2024Dec 19 2024

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Sep 03 2024Oct 04 2024

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 01 2024Dec 05 2024

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Oct 07 2024Nov 29 2024

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Oct 07 2024Dec 13 2024

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Oct 07 2024Dec 13 2024

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College of the Rockies

Main Campus

Oct 07 2024Dec 12 2024

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 07 2024Nov 08 2024

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Camosun College

Interurban

Oct 15 2024Nov 15 2024

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Camosun College

Interurban

Oct 15 2024Dec 20 2024

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Oct 21 2024Dec 13 2024

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 21 2024Dec 13 2024

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Nov 12 2024Dec 13 2024

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Jan 06 2025Feb 28 2025

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Jan 06 2025Feb 28 2025

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Jan 06 2025Feb 28 2025

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Camosun College

Interurban

Jan 06 2025Feb 07 2025

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Camosun College

Interurban

Jan 06 2025Feb 28 2025

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 06 2025Mar 14 2025

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 06 2025Feb 07 2025

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Jan 06 2025Mar 14 2025

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 06 2025Feb 28 2025

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North Island College

Campbell River

Feb 03 2025Aug 14 2025

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North Island College

Campbell River

Feb 03 2025Aug 14 2025

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North Island College

Campbell River

Feb 03 2025Aug 14 2025

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 10 2025Mar 14 2025

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Mar 03 2025May 09 2025

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Camosun College

Interurban

Mar 03 2025Apr 25 2025

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Northern Lights College

Dawson Creek

Mar 10 2025Apr 11 2025

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Mar 17 2025May 29 2025

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Mar 17 2025May 29 2025

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Mar 17 2025May 29 2025

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Mar 17 2025May 29 2025

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Mar 17 2025Apr 17 2025

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Okanagan College

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

Mar 24 2025May 16 2025

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Okanagan College

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

Mar 31 2025Jun 06 2025

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