Welders are trained in and are capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and pipe, using various welding processes. Certified welders qualify for testing with CSA, BCSA and for ASME procedures in British Columbia. Certified welders will also qualify for Pressure Welding Procedure (PWP) tests in British Columbia, BCP-100. Pressure procedure tests are administered by the BC Safety Authority.
Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person
- This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
As a welding student, most of your time will be spent in our shop. All practical task will be demonstrated first by your instructor then you will practice each weld until it meets industry standards. You’ll use state-of-the-art inverter technology, as well as equipment that would be typically found in most welding shops. The idea is to prepare you for work with job-ready skills, so self-motivation and the ability to work independently will also be emphasized. Once you have reached a certain skill set, you will be performing various tests on your welds to assure they meet the Canadian Welding Code standards.
There are two ways to become a welder apprentice:
- Take the Welder Foundation program. Completion of this program provides basic fabricating knowledge and skills to increase your employment opportunities. This foundation program qualifies for Level 1 and Level 2 of your apprenticeship with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). After completing the Welder Foundation program, obtaining an apprenticeship through an employer, and completing the work based training (WBT) required by ITA, you will be eligible to take Welding Level 3 in-school training.
- Obtain employment with a welding shop that will sponsor you for apprenticeship. In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice welder, learning basic welding skills while employed. The advantage is that you earn while you learn. There is a total 780 hours in-school training for welder apprenticeship level 1, level 2, and level 3 training.
After you complete Welding Level 3 in-school training and 4,500 hours work-based training, you will be eligible to take the interprovincial Red Seal exam and complete your logbook.
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Building SW1, First Floor
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2
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