Welder Foundation Trades Training

Welding Foundation Student

Program Description

Welders are people who have training in and are capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding), and FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding) processes. Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding equipment. They use flame-cutting, brazing and air-arcing equipment. Additionally, they use machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines. Welders generally plan work from drawings or by analyzing the job tasks, determine the materials required and welding processes,  then use  their knowledge of welding to complete the job. They may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, shipbuilding and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Welders use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.

Certified welders will qualify to test for Pressure Welding Procedure tests in British Columbia (PWP), BCP-100. Pressure Certification procedural testing is administered by the BC Safety Authority.

Welders use a logbook to record training, competencies, certifications, endorsements and employment history.

Career Prospects

Welders are in high demand in western Canada. Wages and job prospects are higher than the national average.

Details

Location: Dawson Creek Campus

Length: 28 weeks (840 hours)

Start: September - see Trades Intake Schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Secondary school dual credit students -
Grade 10 level completion that includes:
- Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 Intermediate English, with C+ or higher; and
- Grade 10 Math (Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), or Career and College Preparation MATH 030 Intermediate Math with C+ or higher.

All other learners -
Submission of a secondary school transcript indicating Grade 10 level completion that includes:
- Grade 10 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL 030 Intermediate English, with C+ or higher; and
- Grade 10 Math (Applications, Principles or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math), or Career and College Preparation MATH 030 Intermediate Math with C+.

OR

ESTR 037 (Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher

OR

Completion of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
An applicant who does not have the above academic background may be required to write an assessment in Reading Comprehension, Number Operations, Problem Solving, and Mechanical Reasoning. A minimum Grade Equivalent (GE) score of 10.9 or higher is required for Reading Comprehension, Number Operations, and Problem Solving; and above average score (51/70; 6th Stanine) required for Mechanical Reasoning.

OR

Submission of Prior Learning Package including resume and supporting documents to demonstrate skills and work experience.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. A complete list of tools and equipment will be provided by Admissions upon acceptance to the program which will include required CSA approved leather boot with safety toe and shank, clear lense safety glasses and flame resistant coveralls - welders’ safety clothing, leather gloves, leather jacket or apron, welding helmet and cutting goggles.
  3. All Students will sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Rules and Regulatory Practices for Students Policy.
  4. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information?
Program Contact: trades@warwickbs.org
Program Instructor: Skyler Dayus

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