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Overview

Learn how to join or sever metals in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components, make metal parts used in construction and manufacturing plants, and weld parts, tools, machines and equipment.

If you desire a career where you work independently, build things by joining metal and working with your hands, then you will enjoy working as a welder. 

During your career, you'll apply heat to metal pieces to melt and fuse them together. The different types of welding include:

  • electric arc welding: heat is created as an electric current flow through an arc between the tip of the welding electrode and the metal
  • gas welding: such as oxy-acetylene welding, the flame from the combustion of burning gases melts the metal
  • resistance welding: the metal piece itself is melted as current flows through it, and no filler is added.

You'll use different welding processes and fillers depending upon the type of metal, its size and shape and requirements for finished product strength.

For a typical welding project, you'll:

  • develop patterns for projects or follow directions given in layouts, blueprints and work orders
  • clean
  • check for defects and shape component parts, sometimes using a cutting torch
  • weld parts together.

You may also build up worn parts by welding layers of high-strength hard-metal alloys onto them.

This is a compulsory trade - to work in this trade you need to hold a recognized trade certificate or be a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the welding trade:

  • good eye-hand coordination, spatial and form perception, good eyesight, strength and stamina to carry heavy tools and manual dexterity
  • the ability to visualize a finished product from a document
  • the ability to concentrate on detailed work
  • patience, dependability and accuracy
  • the ability to work in a construction or shop environment
  • a commitment to safe working conditions

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Welders are a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice or gain experience with our Pre-Employment Welding or Welding Technician programs.

As a welder, you will be employed in a variety of industries including vessel or structural steel assembly, pipeline construction, commercial construction, industrial construction, steel fabrication and heavy equipment repair. Employment prospects for welders change with seasonal and economic climates.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to specialists in design and layout work or in estimating the cost of installations or supervisory positions. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$25 - $40
Average hourly wage
3
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,033.92
Year 2:  $1,033.92
Year 3: $1,033.92  


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

  • Registration for apprenticeship intakes opens August 2020

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.


Minimum requirements
Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 10-2
  • Math 10-3

OR

A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests

OR

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended Path
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Courses

Apprentices in the welding trade will spend 3 years (three 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 8 weeks each year.

Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice
Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer 
Sign contract and receive record book
Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts
Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend first period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete second period of on-the-job training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend second period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete third period of on-the-job training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend third period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam
Complete fourth period of on-the-job training (1560 hours)
Register at SAIT
Attend fourth period of technical training for 8 weeks at SAIT
Pass fourth period Trade Qualification Exam
Become a Journeyperson 
Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam

Technical Training Performance 

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Lab & Material Fee 2020/21 total
1 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
2 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
3 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92
4 $840 $50 $71.92 $72 $1,033.92

SAIT Fees

Lab and material fee: $72 
Student support fee: $25
Student technology fee: $25

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Wellness centre

Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.

Financial planning tool

Our apprenticeship cost calculator can help you make a financial plan by identifying and adding up your expected expenses while attending SAIT — find out exactly how much money you need to save, seek or borrow to get you through your studies.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Manufacturing and Automation 
403.284.8641
ma.info@sait.ca

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