Welder - Wire Process Operator

Ongoing

Length: 2 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn how to join components and sub-assemblies to make various items in production and manufacturing plants.

If you like building things, working with your hands and can work with little supervision, you will enjoy a career as a wire process operator. 

Welding in this branch of the welder trade is restricted to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) and other semiautomatic wire feed welding processes.

For a typical welding project, wire-welders:

  • join parts together
  • build up worn parts by welding layers of high-strength hard-metal alloys onto them
  • follow directions given in layouts, blueprints and work orders
  • clean welds, check for defects and may use a cutting torch.

The welder - wire process operator uses different welding processes and filler metals depending upon the type of metal, its size and shape, and requirements for finished mechanical properties.

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?

To be successful in their trade, wire-welders must have:

  • manual dexterity
  • good vision (glasses are acceptable)
  • hand-eye coordination
  • the ability to concentrate on detailed work

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.

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

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Career opportunities

A welder-wire process operator who holds a valid recognized credential that does not have a Red Seal may apply for:

  • an Alberta trade certificate under the Qualification Certificate Program
  • an Alberta Equivalency document under the Equivalency Program. 

Welder-wire process operators who hold a credential that is not recognized or is no longer valid in an Alberta-designated trade or can demonstrate their experience, skills and knowledge in an Alberta-designated trade, and meet the standards and requirements established by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board may be eligible to apply for trade certification under the Trades Qualifier Certificate Program.

Individuals possessing a valid recognized credential in Alberta are eligible to receive a Blue Seal business credential after completing the necessary requirements.

$15 - $25
Average hourly wage
2
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,168.72
Year 2: $1,168.72

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Registration for the 2021/22 academic year opens on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

How to register

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

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Training

The term of apprenticeship for a welder - wire process operator is 2 years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training in the first year followed by 1800 hours of on-the-job-training in the second year. 

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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 2021/22 total
1 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
2 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72

SAIT Fees

Campus recreation fee: $45.80
Lab and material fee: $77.00
Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee: $37.50

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.

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

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

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