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Welding Technician

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

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

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

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 and tools. 

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $15,292

Year 1 (International): $22,844

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Applcations for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

Program Details

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

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.

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 Welding Technician certificate.

Graduates may be eligible to register as apprentices in the Welder Apprentice program, 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. 


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Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020.

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 selection

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

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

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
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
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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 14,070 $682 $288 $252 $ 15,292

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $21,532 $682 $288 $344 $ 22,844


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

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.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Thursday, Sept. 3


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

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)

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 FR coveralls or welding jacket and a good quality welding helmet. 

Preparation courses

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

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 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 first-semester Individual Learning Module pack for Welding Technician.


Email: ma.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

"Thank you for choosing the Welding Technician program with the SAIT School of Manufacturing & Automation.

As your academic chair for this one-year certificate program, it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the entire program, as the newest members of our innovative learning community. We look forward to seeing the impact you’ll make and to supporting your academic journey."

Robert Hartley, Academic Chair
Email:  robert.hartley@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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