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Program Delivery Location: Merritt
In BC, an individual can become a certified Welder by completing an Industry Training Authority (ITA) apprenticeship program or by challenging the certification. Apprenticeship programs are for individuals who have an employer to sponsor them, and challenge programs are for individuals who have extensive experience working in the occupation and wish to challenge the certification. Foundation programs provide adults and youth who do not have work experience or employer sponsorship with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter the occupation.
The Welding Foundation Certificate program was prepared with the advice and assistance of the Industry Training Authority and their associates. General areas of competency and associated learning tasks have been identified by industry and examples are provided below. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
• gain knowledge of various metals;
• describe a variety of welding processes used in the repair and construction of metal products;
• demonstrate a knowledge of blueprint reading, welding symbols and basic sketching; layout and assembly work; oxy-acetylene fusion welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions, braze welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals, and machine and manual cutting;
• describe shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of plate in all positions, carbon arc cutting and gouging;
• describe basic metallurgy - properties of metals, metal identification, heat treatment and the effect of heat on metals; gas metal arc welding (GMAW); flux core arc welding (FCAW); and the operation of wire feed equipment.
This 28-week (840 hours) program takes a student with little or no previous experience in the welding trade and supplies them with the necessary skills to seek employment as an apprentice welder. This foundation program prepares learners for entry level positions as apprentice welders in most sectors of the economy including manufacturing, construction, transportation, resource extraction, and resource development. Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities where they learn both theoretical principles of welding and hands-on processes to master practical welding skills.
The Welder Foundation program consists of 28 weeks of technical training.
Theoretical concepts may be evaluated by written exams, assignments, case studies, presentations, and/or completion of a journal. Practical performance is assessed by instructor observations of students in work experience and field situations, and is based on mid-term and/or final evaluations. All evaluations are consistent with the NVIT Grading System.
The passing grade for all technical training and in-class assessments for each component is 70%. If a component is not completed satisfactorily, a student may apply to repeat the course the next time it is offered, provided there is space available.
Graduates from this program will receive an Industry Training Authority Certificate of Completion, technical training credit for Welder Level 1 and Level 2 and 300 work-based hours once registered as a Welder apprentice. After completion of the program, it’s recommended that students gain another 2,700 hours of hands-on field experience before returning to school for Level 3 Technical Training.