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Welding - Apprenticeship Level 1 - 3

Program Details

Length: Level 1 - 8 weeks, Level 2 - 8 weeks, Level 3 - 11 weeks

Total Credits: This program provides credit towards Red Seal certification.

Intake Terms: Fall, Winter, Spring

Campus: Silver King

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Credit for Welder Apprenticeship.

Overview

Program Summary

Graduates of the Welder Foundation program earn advance credit for Levels 1 and 2 of the Technical Training component of the Welder Apprenticeship. Additionally, they earn 300 hours credit towards the Workplace-Based Training component of their apprenticeship. After completion of the program, it’s recommended that students gain another 2,700 hours of hands-on field experience before returning to school for Level 3 Technical Training.

Levels 1 (8 weeks) and Level 2 (8 weeks) Technical Training in the apprenticeship stream covers similar topics as in the Foundation program. The apprenticeship stream assumes that the apprentice is receiving training on the job so the in-school portion of their training is shorter.

Level 3 Welding is an 10-week program (11-weeks due to ITA Harmonization) for indentured apprentices who have 3,000 hours or more of Workplace-Based Training. Content is similar to Welder B. The apprenticeship stream assumes apprentices are receiving focused training on the job and so the in-school technical training is only 10 weeks long plus one week due to Harmonization (see link above) . Upon completion of Level 3 Welding, students write the Inter-Provincial (Red Seal) Welder exam. Those with a passing grade on the Red Seal exam and 4,500 hours of Workplace-Based Training earn the Welder Certificate of Qualification as well as the Inter-Provincial (IP) Red Seal Standard.

Program Outcomes

Welding Apprenticeship Level 1

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • describe safe working practices.
  • perform basic trade related mathematical calculations
  • use and maintain measuring and layout tools.
  • use and maintain hand tools.
  • use and maintain power tools (electric and pneumatic).
  • describe shop materials.
  • apply lifting, hoisting, and rigging procedures.
  • describe and use cutting and gouging processes.
  • describe and perform fusion and braze welding (TB) using the oxy-fuel (OFW) process.
  • describe and use the shielded metal arc-welding (SMAW) process.
  • describe and use semi-automatic and automatic welding.
  • identify common welding symbols and bolted connections.

Welding Apprenticeship Level 2

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • apply lifting, hoisting, and rigging procedures.
  • describe and use the shielded metal arc-welding (SMAW) process.
  • use semi-automatic and automatic welding processes.
  • use the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process and use it for ferrous metals and stainless steel.
  • describe production processes for manufacturing metals.
  • describe mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • describe common ferrous, non-ferrous, and reactive metals and their weldability.
  • read and interpret drawings.
  • perform basic drafting.
  • perform mathematical calculations.
  • interpret and apply mechanical drawings and layout components.
  • fabricate weldments.
  • perform costing and estimating functions.

Welding Apprenticeship Level 3

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • select electrodes for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).
  • use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe.
  • use the GMAW and GMAW-P process.
  • use combined GMAW, MCAW, and FCAW processes.
  • use the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process for ferrous metals and aluminum.
  • describe mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • describe common ferrous, non-ferrous, and reactive metals and their weldability.
  • describe the grain structure of metals.
  • describe aluminum, aluminum alloys and their weldability.
  • read and interpret drawings.
  • interpret and apply mechanical drawings and layout components.
  • fabricate weldments.
  • perform costing and estimating functions.
  • describe basic welding quality control and inspection requirements.
  • describe inspection and testing procedures.
  • describe the scope of the welding supervisor and inspector responsibilities.
  • identify applicable standards, codes, specifications, and jurisdictional bodies.
  • describe compliance with weld procedure specifications (WPS) and data sheets.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

The following admission requirements are specific to the Welding Apprenticeship program:

  • Indentured in a Welding Apprenticeship
  • Active work apprenticeship sponsor
  • Successful completion of previous level

Additional Requirements

  • Physically fit, (mobility/lifting) good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, balance, work at heights & in adverse weather.
  • Students must supply some hand tools, safety boots, leather wear and purchase module texts at a cost of approximately $600.
  • A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program.

Program Curriculum

See ITA website for program outline.