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Welding Technician

Open for Fall 2022

Open for Spring 2022

Closed for Winter 2022

Length: 1 Year Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Prepare for a career as a welder through courses that combine theory and hands-on instruction and cover how to join and sever metals using industry processes and tools. 

Over the course of this full-time, 30-week program you will learn the skills and theory taught in the first and second periods of the Welder apprenticeship program.

Upon successful completion of weeks one through 12, you will be eligible to write the first period Alberta Industry Training (AIT) exam.

In week 13, you will prepare to challenge the CWB - FCAW 1,2 GF welds. If successful, you will receive their CWB certification.

Upon successful completion of weeks 14 through 25, you will receive the technical training for the second year welding apprenticeship and may be eligible to challenge the second period AIT exam.

In week 26, you will prepare to challenge the CWB-SMAW 1,2 GF welds. If successful, you will receive their CWB certification. In weeks 27 through 30, you will work on a welding project.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Welding Technician certificate.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level welding positions and are prepared to become indentured welder apprentices who can challenge the first and second period WEP apprenticeship exams. 

Related careers: 

  • production welder 
  • underwater welder 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $16,387 

Year 1 (International): $23,080

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

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Tuition and financial aid


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 but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021. 
  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date  Year end date
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Winter 2022 start: applications are open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications are open on June 14, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open on Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

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.

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. 

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

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 Welding Technician 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.

Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
MATH-104 Math for Apprentice Trades 1.5
WLDG-202 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level I Theory 1.5
WLDG-203 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level I Lab 3.0
WLDG-212 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level II Theory 3.0
WLDG-213 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level II Lab 3.0
WLDG-216 CWB Gas Metal Arc Welding 1.5
WLDG-256 Pattern Development 1.5
Semester 1 total 15.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
COMM-209 Business Communications 1.5
WLDG-252 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Theory 1.5
WLDG-253 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Lab 3.0
WLDG-254 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Theory 1.5
WLDG-255 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Lab 3.0
WLDG-259 CWB Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1.5
WLDG-275 Welding Project 3.0
Semester 2 total 15.0
Total credits 30.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $15,054 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $16,387

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $21,747 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $23,080

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • 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.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • 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 2022


Your program orientation will take place online. You will receive further details shortly from your academic chair or program coordinator.

Learn more about your orientation.

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 required for this program will be provided.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

We recommend not purchasing your PPE until after you start the program. We will discuss the industry-approved PPE in class.

You will need CSA-approved steel toe boots and safety glasses, welding gloves, earplugs (supplied), appropriate welding attire such as coveralls or a welding jacket and a good quality welding helmet. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

You will need the first-semester Individual Learning Module pack for Welding Technician.

Find these modules on the  SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.  

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
Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Robert Hartley, Academic Chair
Email: robert.hartley@sait.ca

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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