Welder (Entry)

Duration: 34 weeks plus 2 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Construction, Trades and Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The 34 week Welder (Entry) Diploma program is a provincially-accredited apprenticeship curriculum that was developed by government and approved by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board. The program provides students with a wide range of skills that are needed to work as a first-year apprentice, including those related to safety, blueprint reading, plasma arc cutting/gouging, iron worker operations, fuel brazing, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-cored arc welding and fabrication as well as many others. Most courses are designed in such a way that students spend time divided equally between the classroom and Welding shop. Upon successful completion of academic courses students will also take part in a 2 week work-term before graduating.

Program Courses

  • Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • Blueprint Reading 1 (Basic)
  • Blueprint Reading 2 (Welding Symbols)
  • Build Up of Metal Parts
  • Communication Essentials
  • Computer Essentials
  • FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding) 1 – Set-up and Deposit a Weld
  • FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding) 2 – Fillet and Groove Weld Plate, All Positions
  • Fillet and Groove Weld, Medium and High Carbon Steel using FCAW, GMAW, GTAW, MCAW, and SMAW
  • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) 1 – Set-up and Maintain an Arc
  • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) 2 – Fillet Weld All Positions, Mild Steel
  • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) 3 – Groove Weld, All Positions, Mild Steel
  • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) 1 – Set-up and Deposit a Weld
  • Hoisting, Lifting, Rigging and Access Equipment
  • Introduction to Apprenticeship
  • Jigs and Fixtures
  • Layout and Template Development Fundamentals
  • Math Essentials
  • MCAW (Metal Core Arc Welding) 1 – Set-up and Deposit a Weld
  • Metallurgy
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Oxy-fuel Cutting, Heating, Gouging and Welding
  • Plasma Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • Quality Controls
  • Safety
  • Shop Drawings and Structural Components for Fabrication
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) 1 – Set-up, Strike and Maintain an Arc
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) 2 – Fillet Weld, All Positions
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) 3 – Groove Weld 1G, 2G, 1GF, 2GF, 3GF, and 4GF
  • Standard First Aid
  • Stationary Machinery
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Welder Math Fundamentals
  • WHMIS
  • Work Planning
  • Workplace Essentials
  • Workplace Exposure

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Welder (Entry) program, graduates may be eligible for employment (depending on specific hiring practices) in ship yards, paper mills, refineries, and fabrication shops. Opportunities also exist for self-employment. A small sample of Academy Canada’s excellent employers include:

  • Mercer’s Machine Shop
  • Metal World
  • Auto Weld
  • Beothuck Trailers
  • Newfoundland Dockyard
  • EMM Hardchrome
  • Dawes Welding and Sons
  • LaFarge Gypsum
  • Western Steel Works
  • D.F. Barnes Ltd.
  • TA Industrial Ltd, ON
  • Metal Specialty
  • Iron Workers Hall
  • East Coast Marine
  • Sealand Enterprise
  • Atlantic Millwright
  • Department of Transportation and Works
  • OSCO Construction Group

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