Over the course of this full-time, 24-week program you will learn the skills and theory taught in the first and second period of the Welder apprenticeship program. You will learn how to join and sever metals using various processes used in the welding industry. You will also learn how to use other tools used in the welding industry.
Upon successful completion of the first 12-weeks, you will be eligible to write the first period Welder apprenticeship exam. At the end of the 24-weeks, providing you pass the first period exam and the last 12-weeks of the course, you will be eligible to write the second period Welder apprenticeship exam.
Upon successful completion of the entire program you will earn a SAIT Welding Technician Certificate.
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.
If you choose a career as a welder you’ll need the following characteristics: manual dexterity, patience, good vision (corrective lenses are acceptable), good hand-eye coordination, and the ability to concentrate on detailed work. Being a welder is a rewarding career if you enjoy working with metal, physical work and working with little direction or supervision.
- Graduates of the Welding Technician program have a 90% employment rate.
SAIT will recognize students who successfully complete this program. The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial exam for welding first and second period.
Upon completion of the program, successfully writing the first and second period exams, and becoming indentured; the student will be able to complete his/her apprenticeship while employed in the normal manner.
Credentials and Accreditation
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Welding Technician.
Graduates may be eligible to register as apprentices in the Welder apprenticeship program (WEP), once they find employment. They will also be able to challenge the first and second period WEP apprenticeship exams.
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
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.