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Welder - Level 1 - Apprenticeship (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$845.92
Tuition: $797.52
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:18.40
Total Fees:$48.40

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

Level 1 apprentices learn techniques in both practical and theoretical applications in the following processes: oxy fuel cutting and gouging (OFC), carbon arc cutting and gouging (CAC-A), plasma arc cutting and gouging (PAC), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and flux core arc welding (FCAW). Student develop safe work practices pertaining to the welder trade. Students also develop the ability to read and interpret blue prints and welding symbols.

Admission Requirements

 In order to take this program you must be a sponsored welding apprentice. The apprentice contacts the college to establish an apprentice training date.

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit www.itabc.ca

Apply: Apprenticeship application form

Start Dates

You can contact us for more information about available start dates here.

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • apply safe work practices;
  • identify various equipment;
  • cut, weld, and braze;
  • weld using different processes on different metals in different positions on plate;
  • set up a job, prior to welding, using jigs and fixtures;
  • read welding blueprints and symbols;
  • properly identify metals; and
  • develop knowledge of Apprenticeship systems in British Columbia.

Technical Training Content:

WEAP 101 Occupational Skills (22 hrs)

  • 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

WEAP 102 Cutting and Gouging Processes (OFC and OFG, CAC-A, PAC) (22 hrs)

  • Describe Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC) processes and their applications
  • Describe Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC) and equipment and its operation
  • Perform freehand and guided cuts on low carbon steel (OFC)
  • Use automatic and semi-automatic cutting machines (OFC)
  • Describe CAC-A and PAC processes, equipment and their applications
  • Use CAC-A and PAC cutting and gouging processes and equipment

WEAP 103 Fusion and Braze Welding Using Oxy-Fuel (OFW) Processes (14 hrs)

  • Describe fusion welding, braze welding and brazing processes and their applications
  • Describe fusion welding, braze welding and brazing equipment and its operation
  • Describe filler metals, fluxes and tips used for fusion welding, braze welding and brazing
  • Describe joint design and weld positions for OFW
  • Fusion weld on low carbon steel sheet
  • Braze weld (TB) using the OFW process
  • Silver alloy braze on similar and dissimilar metals

WEAP 104 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (90 hrs)

  • Describe the SMAW process
  • Describe SMAW equipment and its operation
  • Select electrodes for SMAW
  • Describe basic joint design and weld positions for SMAW
  • Describe weld faults and distortion in fabrications in SMAW
  • Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe
  • Use the hard surfacing process on low carbon steel
  • Use the SMAW process on stainless steel and/or low carbon steel plate and pipe

WEAP 105 Semi-Automatic and Automatic Welding (67 hrs)

  • Describe GMAW, GMAW-P, FCAW, MCAW and SAW processes and their applications
  • Describe semi-automatic and automatic welding equipment and its operation
  • Describe filler metal and shielding gases for semi-automatic and automatic processes
  • Use the GMAW and GMAW-P processes
  • Use the FCAW process

WEAP 108 Welding Drawings, Layout and Fabrication (9 hrs)

  • Identify common welding symbols and bolted connections


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