Ever been fascinated by the idea of joining metal? Interested in having a good-paying, portable, practical skill? Learning to weld can open many career doors, or add to a Trade you already have, thereby making you that much more valuable as an employee.
Program delivery mode: in person
- This program will be delivered in person for the coming 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.
Our Welder Foundation program is designed to develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required for initial employment in the welding industry. Once your in-school training is completed a job experience requirement must be completed before certification can be awarded through the Employment Training Branch of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.
Our Foundation program classes have intakes approximately every four to six weeks. Class sizes are sixteen students maximum, filling all three shifts on a rotating schedule. For shift hours, view our Courses page.
As a Welding Foundation student, most of your time will be spent in our shop. All practicals will be demonstrated first by your instructor then you have to 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 destructive tests on your welds to assure they meet the Canadian Welding Code W59 standards.
Dependent on time restraints and availability you could go on field trips with your class. Such trips could include a foundry, a custom fabricating/welding shop, or a shipyard, to see some of the potential worksites and welding specialization streams that are available.
For the most part, to succeed in this program, it will take a good work ethic, good physical fitness, hand eye coordination and practice, practice and more practice!
Nearly every industry employs welders. Graduates find work in such diverse work places as metal fabricating shops, general repair shops, new construction sites, mining, logging, shipbuilding, pulp mills, sawmills and oilfield camps.
After completing the course, you will be ready to start your job search with skills that employers are looking for. Before leaving, you will have an opportunity to take Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) procedural tests that are recognized in industry (this is not a requirement of the Welding Foundation program and is at an additional cost).
After finishing the work experience component of the program (1000 hours) and having them entered in your Welder’s Log Book, you then have the option of going on to the next level of training. The B Level course will advance your skills in welding and move you into a position of greater wage potential and wider employment possibilities.
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- WELD 0102 – Introduction to Welding
This course is a hands on introduction to the common welding processes used in industry. Course will include oxyacetylene, MIG, TIG, and stick welding as well as appropriate safety procedures. CSA approved steel toed boots and 100% cotton overalls required.
- WELD 0103 – Oxyacetylene/Braze/Welding/Cut
Introduces basics of fuel gas welding. Includes safety, shop practice, procedures and operation of related equipment. CSA approved steel-toed work boots and 100 per cent cotton coveralls are required.
- WELD 0105 – Basic Skills: Oxyacetylene Cut and Weld
This course introduces the student to oxyacetylene welding. This course will familiarize the student with the safe use of gas welding equipment, types of weld joints, and will demonstrate preferred techniques for oxyacetylene welding.
- WELD 0106 – Gas Metal Arc Basic (MIG)
Industrial and home hobby powersources will be used in this course. Set-up of equipment and correct selection of shielding gases included. CSA approved leather steel toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.
- WELD 0107 – Basic Skills: Electric Arc Welding
This course introduces the student to electric arc welding. The course will familiarize the student with the safe use of electric arc welding equipment, types of weld joints, and will demonstrate preferred techniques for electric arc welding.
- WELD 0110 – Gas Tungsten Arc Basic (TIG)
Covers shielding gases, electrodes, equipment, and practical applications including light gauge welding, repair etc. Majority of the welding will be done on mild steel with limited use of stainless steel and aluminum included. CSA approved leather steel toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.
- WELD 0115 – Aluminum Welding
This course covers all position plate welding. Designed for the student who wants hands on experience and basic knowledge of aluminum welding. CSA approved leather steel toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.
- WELD 0190 – New Marine Construction for Welders
This course will prepare welders for new construction shipbuilding. This course will focus on attitude, quality control, weld faults, workmanship, following a WPS, weld process control, grinding, FCAW ceramic backed joints, weld sequencing and fillet size.
- WELD 0120 – Welding for the Artisan
General interest course for those interested in artwork, furniture building and minor repair jobs. Focus is on the oxy-acetylene process – brazing, cutting, forming, shaping and welding. Last two sessions are spent working on a small project of the student’s choice. Project materials NOT included. CSA-approved leather steel-toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.
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