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Welder - Foundation (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$3,569.52
Tuition: $2,791.32
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:64.40
Bus Pass Fee:88.80
PVHE-100 Fee:120.00
Toolbox Fee:250.00
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$778.20

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

This comprehensive 28 week Welder Foundation (pre-apprenticeship) program provides students an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and training necessary to enter the welder trade and covers the program competencies for Level 1 and Level 2 of the Welder Apprenticeship program. Students learn techniques in cutting, gouging, oxy-fuel welding, shield metal arc welding, semi-automatic welding, gas metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding pulsed, flux core arc welding, metal core arc welding and submerged arc welding. In addition, students will be able to perform basic weld joints using gas tungsten arc welding. Upon completion of the program, students qualify to take the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) all position plate test.

The program is taught through regular lectures and demonstrations, and students are given extensive practical training in a welding shop. Safe work habits are emphasized, reinforced and practices throughout the program.  

Program Information:

Upon successful completion of the 28 week Welder Foundation program, students receive:

  • Level 1 and 2 Technical Training credit from the Industry Training Authority
  • 300 Work-based Training hours
  • Certificate of Completion (Industry Training Authority)
  • College of the Rockies Certificate

Admission Requirements

Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of a College of the Rockies assessment to an acceptable level.

Recommended prerequisites:
The following education is highly recommended for student success within the program:

  • English 11 or equivalent
  • Apprentice and Workplace Math 11 or equivalent

Flexible Assessment (FA): Yes (Credit can be awarded for this program through FA)

Prior Learning Credit: Student may apply for prior learning credit with the ITA (Industry Training Authority), please visit www.itabc.ca

Start Dates

Visit our Trades Training Schedule for program start dates

Technical Training Content:

WELD 101 Occupation Skills (55 hours)

  • Describe welder apprenticeship and the scope of the trade in BC
  • Describe safe working practices
  • Perform basic trade related mathematical calculations
  • Use and maintain measuring and layout tools
  • Use and maintain hand tools
  • Use and maintain power tools (electric and pneumatic)
  • Describe shop materials
  • Apply lifting, hoisting and rigging procedures

WELD 102 Cutting and Gouging Processes (OFC and OFG CAC-A, PAC) (50 hours)

  • Describe Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC) processes and their applications
  • Describe Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC) equipment and its operation Perform free hand and guided cuts on low carbon steel (OFC)
  • Use automatic and semi-automatic cutting machines (OFC)
  • Describe CAC-A and PAC processes, equipment and their applications
  • Use CAC-A and PAC cutting and gouging processes and equipment

WELD 103 Fusion and Braze Welding (TB) Using Oxy-Fuel (OFW) Process (25 hours)

  • Describe fusion welding, braze welding and brazing processes and their applications
  • Describe fusion welding, braze welding and brazing equipment and its operation
  • Describe filler metals, fluxes and tips used for fusion welding, braze welding and brazing
  • Describe joint design and weld positions for OFW
  • Fusion weld on low carbon steel sheet
  • Braze weld (TB) using the OFW process
  • Silver alloy braze on similar and dissimilar metals

WELD 104 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (325 hours)

  • Describe the SMAW process
  • Describe SMAW equipment and its operation
  • Select electrodes for SMAW
  • Describe basic joint design and weld positions for SMAW
  • Describe weld faults and distortion in fabrications in SMAW
  • Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe
  • Use the hardsurfacing process on low carbon steel
  • Describe the SMAW process on grey cast iron
  • Use the SMAW process on stainless steel and/or low carbon steel plate and pipe

WELD 105 Semi-Automatic and Automatic Welding (235 hours)

  • Describe GMAW, GMAW-P, FCAW, MCAW and SAW processes and their applications
  • Describe semi-automatic and automatic welding equipment and its operation
  • Describe filler metal and shielding gases for semi-automatic and automatic processes
  • Use the GMAW and GMAW-P process
  • Use the FCAW process
  • Use the MCAW process
  • Use the SAW process

WELD 106 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) (30 hours)

  • Describe the GTAW process and its application
  • Describe GTAW equipment and its operation
  • Describe the application of GTAW for ferrous metals
  • Use the GTAW process for ferrous metals
  • Use the GTAW process for stainless steel

WELD 107 Basic Metallurgy (14 hours)

  • Describe production processes for manufacturing metals
  • Describe mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Describe common ferrous, non-ferrous, reactive metals and their weldability

WELD 108 Welding Drawings, Layout and Fabrication (50 hours)

  • Identify common welding symbols and bolted connections
  • Read and interpret drawings
  • Perform basic drafting
  • Perform mathematical calculations
  • Interpret and apply mechanical drawings and layout components
  • Fabricate weldments
  • Costing and estimating

Program Competencies:

Upon the successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • apply safe work practices;
  • cut, weld and braze;
  • read welding blueprints and symbols;
  • weld using different processes on different metals in different positions on plate;
  • set up a job prior to welding, using jigs and fixtures;
  • properly identify metals;
  • identify various pieces of equipment; and
  • develop knowledge of apprenticeship systems in British Columbia.
  • develop welding theory and practical skills,
  • develop communication and interpersonal skills related to the workplace,
  • develop the skills necessary to work safely and effectively in the Welding Industry, and
  • work independently to develop good project management skills.

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