Pre-employment Welding

Open for Winter 2022

Length: 5 months Credential: Certificate Delivery: Part Time Blended

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Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Prepare for a welding apprenticeship with hands-on skills in welding processes and technology. These evening classes will cover the first-year technical training and graduates can challenge the first-year welding apprenticeship exam.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about welding technology to join, shape and cut metal parts as well as learn about pressure vessels, pipelines, joining beams and the manufacturing of other industrial components.

This five-month program is designed to offer an alternative route for those looking to enter the welding trade. It has blended delivery, a combination of online and in-class instruction, that takes place Monday to Thursday evenings.

While the Pre-Employment Welding program will have one scheduled lecture a week, it is the students responsibility to maintain theory lessons that are provided throughout the remainder of the week. This is done on the student's time. If you are self disciplined and can commit additional time outside of scheduled lectures and in-class participation, blended delivery will be a good fit for you.

Is this the right fit for me?

Work conditions for welders vary from one job to another. Welders may work outdoors on construction sites or indoors in production and repair shops.

Travel may also be required on jobs such as oilfield-related welding. A 40-hour workweek is typical, but overtime is occasionally required to meet project deadlines.

Being a welder is a rewarding career if you enjoy working with metal, physical work and working with little direction or supervision.

If you choose a career as a welder you'll need the following characteristics:

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


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year apprenticeship.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in residential, commercial and industrial construction and are prepared to become indentured welder apprentices. 

Potential career progression includes: 

  • welder journeyperson 
  • specializing in design and layout work 
  • estimator 
  • supervisory positions 

Related careers include: 

  • field heat treatment technician 
  • wire process operator 

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,969

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

Full costs
Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.

Part-time evenings (5 months)

Classes begin Year start date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022

Admission Requirements

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021, and are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10, and, 
  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Welding - Part-Time and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full. 

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Program Outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
WELD-250 Off Campus Tours - Welding 1.5
WELD-254 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Theory 3.0
WELD-255 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Lab 3.0
WELD-256 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Theory 3.0
WELD-257 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Lab 3.0
WELD-259 Oxyacetylene Welding 1.5
Total Credits 15.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,727 $242 $- $- $5,969


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $92
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $75
Student technology fee: $75
Saitsa fee: N/A

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: N/A
  • Dental Plan: N/A

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Winter 2021

Orientation date

Orientation for new students will take place online on  Jan. 4, 2021.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

Tools will be provided.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

You'll need CSA-approved steel-toe boots and safety glasses, welding gloves, earplugs (provided), a good-quality welding helmet and coveralls or a welding jacket. 

We recommend you hold off purchasing your equipment until after you begin classes. The industry-approved PPE will be discussed during your first few days. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

You will need the Individual Learning Module pack for Pre-employment Welding. 

The Winter 2021 booklist will be available beginning in late November.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.210.4343

Academic chair

Robert Hartley, Academic Chair

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

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