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Welder - Level 3 - Apprenticeship (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$1,049.90
Tuition: $996.90
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:23.00
Total Fees:$53.00

*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

This program covers program competencies required for Level 3 of the Welder Apprenticeship program. Apprentices receive training in the following welding processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) on low carbon steel plate and pipe, Semi Automatic and Automatic Welding (GMAW, GMAW-P), using combined GMAW, MCAW, and FCAW processes, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) for ferrous metals and aluminum. Students also cover basic metallurgy related to ferrous, non-ferrous, and reactive metals, and aluminum and aluminum alloys and will learn how to interpret welding drawings and fabricate weldments. Quality control and inspection requirements and welding standards, codes, specifications, and welder jurisdictional bodies are also covered within the program. Safe work practices related to the welder trade are reinforced throughout the program.  

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Foundation or Level 2 Apprenticeship training and 1000 work-based hours.
  • In order to take this program you must be a sponsored welder apprentice.

Flexible Assessment (FA): No

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;
  • read and interpret welding blueprints and symbols;
  • weld using the following processes: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW on a variety of metals on plate and pipe;
  • properly identify non-ferrous, ferrous and aluminum metals and alloys;
  • identify the codes, standards and specifications used in welding; and
  • describe the quality, control and inspection procedures used in welding.

Technical Training Content:

WEAP 304 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (140 hrs)

  • Select electrodes for SMAW
  • Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe

WEAP 305 Semi-automatic and Automatic Welding (44 hrs)

  • Use the GMAW and GMAW-P process
  • Use combined GMAW, MCAW and FCAW processes

WEAP 306 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) (68 hrs)

  • Use the GTAW process for ferrous metals
  • Use the GTAW process for aluminum

WEAP 307 Basic Metallurgy (6 hrs)

  • 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

WEAP 308 Welding Drawings, Layout and Fabrication (12 hrs)

  • Read and interpret drawings
  • Interpret and apply mechanical drawings and layout components
  • Fabricate weldments
  • Costing and estimating

WEAP 309 Quality Control and Inspection (5 hrs)

  • Describe basic welding quality control and inspection requirements
  • Describe inspection and testing procedures
  • Describe the scope of the welding supervisor and inspector responsibilities

WEAP 310 Standards, Codes, Specifications and Welder Qualifications (5 hrs)

  • Identify applicable standards, codes, specifications and jurisdictional bodies
  • Describe compliance with weld procedure specifications (WPS) and data sheets

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