Overview

Learn how to weld and become a well-informed tradesperson with a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s processes and tools. 

The Welding and Fabrication Technology program provides an integrated learning experience, combining theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on skills in a blend of classroom and lab work. The program aligns with the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) curriculum for the welding trade.

You will learn from faculty with real-world experience who will provide industry insights and mentorship. You’ll have access to modern welding facilities and equipment and networking opportunities with industry professionals and potential employers.

As a student, you will:

  • learn industry-standard welding processes and tools, including for aluminum, steel or other metals
  • learn how to interpret complex drawings, adhere to strict standards and specifications, and keep current with welding codes
  • learn welding and metal fabrication procedures using the latest and emerging technologies in the field
  • gain business and entrepreneurship skills for effective decision-making, job planning, tool and material selection, and operational sequencing
  • gain mathematical and communication abilities for interacting with various stakeholders and accurately estimating project materials and resources.

Become a journeyperson welder

This program offers an alternate route to traditional apprenticeship, providing the foundational knowledge necessary for the trade. It prepares you to be apprenticeship-ready, needing only to register with an employer to begin accumulating on-the-job hours towards a journeyperson welder certification and pass the applicable exams.

If you seek a comprehensive welding and fabrication education or want to enhance your employability in the industry or manufacturing sector, the Welding and Fabrication Technology program can help you get there.

Those in the welding field tend to be objective, methodical and innovative.  

You need:  

  • manual dexterity
  • good vision (corrective lenses are acceptable)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • attention to detail
  • patience.

You should enjoy building things and working with little direction or supervision. 

This program aligns with the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) curriculum for welders.

Graduates are eligible to challenge the technical training exams for periods one through three. Upon passing, you can register as an apprentice and complete the on-the-job training hours to earn your journeyperson designation.

The optional cooperative work term between years one and two allows you to apply your classroom learning in the workplace, gain valuable industry experience and complete some of the hours required to earn your journeyperson designation.

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Welding and Fabrication Technology diploma. 

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 72010, 72103, 72104, 72105, 72106, 92023.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Welding and Fabrication diploma requires 60 credits (21 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two to three semesters in the first year (depending on if you choose to complete the optional work term), and two semesters in the second year.

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Course Credits

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of reading blueprints. You’ll learn to interpret structural drawing, pressure vessel drawings and piping drawings.

Pre-requisites:
  • WLDG 232
3

Learners will gain an understanding of the strategies and skills required for effective communication in a professional environment. Topics include active listening, conflict resolution, writing industry specific reports and documents, developing interview skills, and giving and receiving feedback.

1.5

This course introduces you to non-destructive and destructive testing methods. You will also learn about metallurgical properties of steel, welding codes, standards and specifications.

1.5

In this course students will gain understanding of how to create, finance, manage and evaluate a start-up.

1.5

This course introduces you to the fundamental mathematical principles that you will need to meet the requirements for a welder. You’ll explore the trade applications of fractions and decimals, as well as metric and imperial conversion and geometric problems. You’ll learn to solve problems using percentage and ratios. You’ll also learn to do trigonometry calculations and offsets for piping systems. 

3

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop practical welding skills while adhering to shop safety procedures. Students will perform gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) and metal-cored arc welding (MCAW) in multiple positions on mild steel. They will gain hands-on experience with welding processes for various joint configurations and structural shapes. Through practice, students will use inspection tools to measure weld coupons.

3

This course introduces students to the fundamental theory required to work safely and effectively as a welder. Students begin by examining important procedures for working with hazardous materials, as well as safety regulations and standard practices for climbing, lifting, rigging, and hoisting. Students will explore hand tools and power tools, electrical concepts related to welding, how to perform equipment setup, maintenance, troubleshooting, and oxyfuel cutting with specialized equipment, as well as the theory of GMAW, FCAW, and MCAW welds on mild steel.

3

This course equips students with the foundation for analyzing basic joints and weld types and identifying weld faults and distortion. Through practice, students will demonstrate safe material handling procedures. Students will establish an overview understanding of metallurgy, hardfacing process and heat treatment process. Through activities, students will develop skills to identify welds and welding symbols and interpret drawings. Additionally, this course will introduce students to oxyfuel, plasma arc and carbon arc cutting and gouging, submerged arc welding processes as well as GMAW, FCAW and MCAW on Mild Steel Pipe. Finally, students will distinguish the characteristics of aluminum and how it affects the welding process.

3

This course provides opportunities to develop and practice welding skills. Learners develop practical skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).  

3

This course provides opportunities to practice intermediate welding skills. Students develop practical skills in oxyfuel cutting, as well as cutting and gouging using the plasma arc and carbon arc processes. Students also perform gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) and metal-cored arc welding (MCAW) on aluminum and mild steel. In addition, students observe and explain the submerged arc welding (SAW) process.

3

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), beginning with safe work practices and procedures. You will examine the correct use of GTAW electrodes, filler metals and gases, as well as explore troubleshooting and maintenance procedures for GTAW equipment. You’ll also examine the GTAW procedures and parameters for welding mild steel plate and pipe, stainless steel and aluminum.

1.5

This course provides opportunities to develop and practice welding skills. Learners develop practical skills in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

3

This is a course on Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) theory. Learners are introduced to the SMAW process and equipment, electrode selection, production of metals, carbon and alloy steels and alloy steel filler metals.

3

This is a course on pattern development and estimating. Learners develop and apply pattern development, layout, and project estimating skills. 

Pre-requisites:
  • MATH 252
3

This course is designed to help you develop your hand skills in performing fillet/groove welds on mild steel plate using the FCAW & SMAW process and to prepare you to challenge the CWB practical tests in these weld positions (1GF,2GF,)

Pre-requisites:
  • WLDG 225
  • WLDG 220
1.5

This course provides opportunities to develop and practice welding skills. Learners develop practical skills in GTAW/SMAW in different positions on mild steel plate and pipe.

Pre-requisites:
  • WLDG 220
  • WLDG 228
6

This course you will learn about welding theory, different welding processes, GTAW on Mild Steel Plate and Pipe, SMAW and Oxyfuel Cutting on Mild Steel. Also, stainless steels and welding procedures, nickel alloys and clad steels and their welding procedures.

Pre-requisites:
  • WLDG 227
  • WLDG 229
3

This course is designed to help you develop your hand skills in performing fillet/groove welds on mild steel plate using the FCAW & SMAW process and to prepare you to challenge the CWB practical tests in these weld positions (1GF,2GF,3GF,4GF,)

Pre-requisites:
  • WLDG 303
3

This course will prepare the students to be confident in working to industry standards.

6

In this course, you will explore basic mechanized and automated welding and cutting processes and how the technology is used in Industry. (Students will be given an opportunity to connect with industry and tour their facility to see how it works.)

1.5

First aid, Confined Space, Fall arrest, Forklift, H2S, WHIMIS, SDS & Workplace safety.

3

Course Credits

This cooperative work term course provides the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in a practical workplace setting, as well as gain valuable industry experience. This course is optional.

Pre-requisites:

One of:

  • BLPR 229, MACH 203, MACH 201, MATH 266, MNFG 201, MNFG 202, EMTL 204, BLPR 235, MACH 211, MACH 252, MATH 267, MNFG 212, and MNFG 256
  • COMM 267, HDMC 254, HDMC 262, HDMC 251, HDMC 252, and HDMC 250
  • WLDG 217, WLDG 225, WLDG 228, WLDG 220, and WLDG 266
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Progression

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.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 50% in English Arts 20-1 OR English Arts 20-2,
  • at least 50% Math 20-1 OR Math 20-2 OR Math 20-3,
  • at least 50% Science 10.

Students who have graduated from SAIT’s Welding Technician certificate program within the last five years may be given advanced standing into year two, depending on seat availability.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $10,710 $1,608 $12,318
2 2 $10,710 $1,608 $12,318
Total cost:
$24,636

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $19,560 $1,608 $21,168
2 2 $19,560 $1,608 $21,168
Total cost:
$42,336

Books and supplies are approximately $2,000 per full-time year.

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

Find your booklist 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 is required this term.

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Application process

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Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Manufacturing and Automation Advising

Phone
403.284.8641
Email
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Phone
403.284.8852
Email
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