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Welder (Entry)


Welder (Entry)

Duration: 34 weeks plus 2 week work term
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Faculty: Construction, Trades & Mining
Certification: Diploma of Vocational Education

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

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

Entrance Requirements

For detailed program Entrance Requirements please click here.