Welder

This is your chance to feel the heat!

Meld, attach, and affix pieces of metal together with precision and watch objects come to life in your hands. If this appeals to you, a career as a welder might be the right fit for you!

To work as a welder, you should:

  • Be creative and enjoy making and fabricating things
  • Have good muscular strength and overall health as you may be required to lift heavy objects, keep them in place and move them around a construction site
  • Have a strong steady hand

Welders use flame cutting, brazing and air arcing equipment to fuse metals in all positions.

To become a Welder there are two ways to start:


Welder Pathways

Foundation Program

  • 28-week full time program
  • September and January intakes
  • You do not need an employer to take the Welder Foundation program! In fact, the main reason to take the program is to gain experience and knowledge about the welder trade to make it easier for you to find an employer to sponsor you for the remaining levels of your apprenticeship

If you are a high school student, contact the counseling office at your high school for information on how to become a Youth Train in Trades student and get a jump-start on your trades training while you complete your high school diploma. Learn more about the Youth Train in Trades program.

Welder Foundation Training Schedule

ProgramLevelStartsEndsLength
*Welder FoundationFDTNSeptember 6, 2022March 31, 202328 Weeks
*Welder FoundationFDTNJanuary 3, 2023July 14, 202328 Weeks
*Welder FoundationFDTNSeptember 5, 2023March 28, 202428 Weeks
*Welder FoundationFDTNJanuary 2, 2024July 12, 202428 Weeks

 *Projected | All dates subject to change |


Apprenticeship Program

To begin an apprenticeship to become a welder. you must:

College of the Rockies offers all levels of Welder technical training, including Modular A, Modular B, and MPAW. Start dates for these programs vary. For program information please contact the Trades Program Admission Coordinator.

Welder Apprenticeship/Modular Training Schedule

ProgramLevelStartsEndsLength
*Welder1April 3, 2023May 26, 20238 Weeks
*Welder1April 8, 2024May 31, 20248 Weeks
*Welder2April 3, 2023May 26, 20238 Weeks
*Welder2April 8, 2024May 31, 20248 Weeks
*Welder3October 11, 2022December 16, 202210 Weeks
*Welder3October 10, 2023December 15, 202310 Weeks
*Welder3October 7, 2024December 13, 202410 Weeks
*WelderMPAWOctober 11, 2022November 10, 20225 Weeks
*WelderMPAWOctober 10, 2023November 10, 20235 Weeks
*WelderMPAWOctober 7, 2024November 8, 20245 Weeks
Welder Modular AMod AOctober 11, 2022December 2, 20228 Weeks
Welder Modular AMod AOctober 10, 2023December 1, 20238 Weeks
Welder Modular AMod AOctober 7, 2024November 29, 20248 Weeks
Welder Modular BMod BOctober 11, 2022February 10, 202316 Weeks
Welder Modular BMod BOctober 10 ,2023February 9, 202416 Weeks
Welder Modular BMod BOctober 7, 2024February 7, 202516 Weeks

*Projected | All dates subject to change |