Apr 23, 2018
This 35-week program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the welding trade. This program will provide students the ability to take evening classes that will cover all course materials received by a first-year welder apprentice.
Students in this program will be provided with the opportunity to learn about welding technology to join, shape and cut metal parts. Students will learn about pressure vessels, pipelines, joining beams and the manufacturing of other industrial components.
Abbreviated Program Description
Welders use welding technology to join, shape and cut metal parts. They make pressure vessels and pipelines, work joining beams or girders in the construction industry, and manufacture industrial components and consumer goods. Many Welders in Alberta are employed in oil and gas related industries, particularly oil service and pipeline construction. Experienced Welders may advance to positions such as supervisors, welding inspectors and quality control inspectors or start their own businesses with either a shop or a mobile welder.
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. Being a welder is a rewarding career if you enjoy working with metal, physical work and working with little direction or supervision.
If you choose a career as a welder you’ll need the following characteristics:
- manual dexterity
- good vision (corrective lenses are acceptable)
- good hand-eye coordination
- the ability to concentrate on detailed work.
The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may be eligible to challenge the first-year Welder Apprenticeship exam.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
Abbreviated Program Name
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10, AND,
- 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.
Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.