This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
This 5 month program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the welding trade. This program will provide students the ability to take evening classes that will cover all course materials receied by a first-year welder apprentice.
Students in this program will be provided with the opportunity to learn about welding technology to join, shape and cut metal parts. Students will learn about pressure vessels, pipelines, joining beams and the manufacturing of other industrial components.
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 work week 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
- good vision (corrective lenses are acceptable)
- good hand-eye coordination
- the ability to concentrate on detailed work.
The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may be eligible to challenge the first-year Welder Apprenticeship exam.
Credentials and Accreditation
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.
- Applications are accepted until the program start date.
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10,
- 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 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.
To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
|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|
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Tuition Fees||SAIT Fees||Saitsa Fees||Health and Dental||2020/21 Total|
Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50
Health and Dental Fees
- Health Plan: $122
- Dental Plan: $130
- For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.
Books and supplies*
- The Apprenticeship exam fee is approximately $295 and will be coordinated within the first three weeks of the program.
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.
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
Monday, Jan. 4
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.
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 FR 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.
To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices.
The Winter 2021 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.
You will need the Individual Learning Module pack for Pre-employment Welding.
Robert Hartley, Academic Chair