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Welding Technician

Open for Winter 2019

Open for Fall 2019

Length: 30 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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. Grads can write the second period apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $14,373
Year 1 (International): $21,676

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

Requirements

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

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Applications for winter 2019 open May 2, 2018.
TermProgram start
Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
Spring 2019 May 6, 2019
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

Program Details

Program Description

Over the course of this full-time, 30-week program you will learn the skills and theory taught in the first and second period of the Welder apprenticeship program. You will learn how to join and sever metals using various processes used in the welding industry. You will also learn how to use other tools used in the welding industry.

Upon successful completion of weeks 1 through 12, you will be eligible to write the first period AIT exam. In week 13, you will prepare to challenge the CWB- FCAW 1,2,3,4 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 1,2,3,4 GF welds. If successful, you will receive their CWB Certification. In weeks 27 through 30, you will work on a welding project. 

Upon successful completion of the entire program you will earn a SAIT Welding Technician Certificate.

Your Career

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.

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, and the ability to concentrate on detailed work. Being a welder is a rewarding career if you enjoy working with metal, physical work and working with little direction or supervision.

  • Graduates of the Welding Technician program have a 90% employment rate.

Student Success

SAIT will recognize students who successfully complete this program. The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial exam for welding first and second period. Student will also receive CWB certified training.

Upon completion of the program, successfully writing the first and second period exams, and becoming indentured; the student will be able to complete his/her apprenticeship while employed in the normal manner.

Credentials and Accreditation

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

Graduates may be eligible to register as apprentices in the Welder apprenticeship program (WEP), once they find employment. They will also be able to challenge the first and second period WEP apprenticeship exams.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training 

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Winter 2019 start: applications open May 2, 2018.

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.

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.

Courses

Program Outline

View additional Welding Technician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MATH-104 Math for Apprentice Trades 1.5
WLDG-202 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Theory 1.5
WLDG-203 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Lab 3.0
WLDG-212 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Theory 3.0
WLDG-213 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Lab 3.0
WLDG-216 CWB Gas Metal Arc Welding 1.5
WLDG-256 Pattern Development 1.5
Total Semester 1 Credits 15.0

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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
Total Seemester 2 Credits 15.0
Total Credits 30.0

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.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $13,400 $450 $523 $14,373

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $20,703 $450 $523 $21,676

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290 (If you meet the eligibility requirements, the UPass fee will be assessed with your tuition)

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Tuition includes all course materials, student fees and access to appropriate technology.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

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

Contact Information

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

Inspiring Stories

Daniel's favourite part of the Welding Technician program was the lab work — approximately four hours of lab time per week by the second semester. 

Amber's Welding Technician certificate is the first step towards her welding career. She plans on coming back to SAIT to complete her apprenticeship then achieve her Red Seal. She would like to eventually have a career in ship work on the east coast of Canada. 

Daniel Heikamp
Welding Technician | 2018

"The instructors are great because I was always able to talk to them when I had questions," he says. "I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't like to sit in a classroom for massive amounts of time." 

Amber Debakker
Welding Technician | 2018

"I learned four different kinds of welding which I've never done before." she says. "I'm surprised by how much I liked it." 

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