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.
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.
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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