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Becoming a Welder Starts Here

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.

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.

Program Entry

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.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

If you are uncertain or don’t meet the entrance requirements, we strongly recommend you complete applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

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The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$580 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

During the first week of class students will be required to pay for an outfitted toolbox - $230 (subject to change).

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

Morning shift: 0700–1330
Mid shift: 1230–1900
Late shift: 1430–2100

Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  WELD 1100 Welder Foundation 56.0
 
Total Credits: 56.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

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!

Program length

28 weeks, full-time.

Grading

Minimum course passing grade is 70 percent.

Additional program options

Part programs vary according to individual requirements and upgrade option goals. The program is offered on a continuous intake basis where spaces will be filled as they become available.

Applicants must be welders currently or recently employed in the field of welding. Registration is done by phone 604-432-8203, or in person in the Welding office, Building NE12, second floor.

Content

  • Level C, B, and A performance challenge tests**
  • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) procedural tests*
  • A.S.M.E. pre-qualified welding procedure tests*
  • Company and/or manufacturers' performance tests*
  • Welding process upgrading
  • General brush-up of skills
  • Any individual B.C. Registered Welder Training programs module*:
  • A letter of approval for welding test may be required for company/union welding tests.

** A letter of approval is also required from the ITA (Industry Training Authority) for levels C, B and A challenge performance tests.

Welding Applied Processes
Training in the following processes is available by request. All inquiries should be directed to the Welding office at 604-432-8203 for course costs and dates.

  • Submerged Arc Welding
  • GTAW of Titanium Alloys
  • Automated Welding Systems
  • Downhill Pipeline

Part-time Courses
A number of introductory courses in welding are available through the Part-time Studies department. Credit transfer from these courses may be arranged when enroling in Welding Upgrade options.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Mark Flynn
Chief Instructor
T:604-456-8082
E: Mark_Flynn@bcit.ca

Bevan Blatchford
Support Staff - Program Assistant
T: 604-432-8203
E: Bevan_Blatchford@bcit.ca

Paul Fowler
Instructor
T: 604-451-7026
E: pfowler@bcit.ca

Pat Francois
Instructor
T: 604-453-4018
E: pfrancois@bcit.ca

Ringo Gonzalez
Instructor
T: 604-432-8632
E: rgonzalez16@bcit.ca

Brandi Hartley
Support Staff - Toolroom
T: 604-432-8845
E: Brandi_Hartley@bcit.ca

David Helman
Instructor
T: 604-431-4961
E: David_Helman@bcit.ca

Bernard Magee
Instructor
T: 604-456-8653
E: Bernard_Magee@bcit.ca

Rick Matthews
Instructor
T: 604-412-7407
E: Rick_Matthews@bcit.ca

Jon Nevard
Instructor
T: 604-432-8389
E: jnevard@bcit.ca

Simmah Petersen
Instructor
T: 604-451-6802
E: spetersen1@bcit.ca

Josh Poehlke
Instructor
T: 604-412-7418
E: jpoehlke@bcit.ca

Dan Stanisavljevic
Instructor
T: 604-432-8671
E: Dan_Stanisavljevic@bcit.ca

Rick Walker
Instructor
T: 604-412-7502
E: Rick_Walker@bcit.ca

Rod Walters
Instructor
T: 604-412-7162
E: Rod_Walters@bcit.ca

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