Trades and Industrial

Welding

NOC-7237

Career Description

Welders permanently join pieces of metal by applying heat, using filler metal or fusion process. They join parts being manufactured, build structures and repair damaged or worn parts. They also fabricate parts, tools, machines and equipment used in the construction and manufacturing industries. 

Program Description

This might be the career for you if you like working with your hands and metals. Do you enjoy details and high quality work you can be proud of? Do you have good hand-eye coordination and concentration and patience? Love keeping busy and a fast paced environment where the day flies by? If this is you there are many unique opportunities for welders in a variety of areas such as construction, manufacturing, aerospace and pipeline work.  

SIIT also includes the CWB certification required to work on welding sites.  Practicum placement and safety tickets are also paid for as part of your program registration.  

The course includes courses in the following areas: 

  • Trade Safety  
  • Oxyfuel Processes  
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Plate and Pipe Processes 
  • Wire Feed Welding Processes 
  • Metallurgy and Material Designation
  • Print Reading and Fabrication  
  • Industrial Mathematics  
  • Thermal Cutting  
  • Quality Assurance  
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) 
  • Special Welding and Cutting Processes  
  • Metallurgy
SIIT Program# of credit hoursApprenticeship LevelSafety TicketsCWB CertificationWork PlacementCourse Length
Welding Applied Certificate650Level 1YesYes1 Week22 Weeks
Welding Certificate1200Level 1 and 2YesYes2 Weeks38 Weeks

Fall 2019 - Welding Certificate - Saskatoon

Program Length: 9 months
Start Date: 09/03/2019
Division: Trades and Industrial
Campus: Saskatoon
Location: Saskatoon
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Fall 2019 - Welding Applied Certificate - Regina

Program Length: 5 months
Start Date: 09/03/2019
Division: Trades and Industrial
Campus: Regina
Location: Regina
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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

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Academic Requirements

Any Grade 10 Math, such as Workplace and Apprenticeship; Foundations; or Pre-Calculus (with no modified or general math courses) and any regular Science 10 level is required to start apprenticeship as in Welding.

Note: Some employers may require a Grade 12 or, equivalent to advance in management roles.

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Industry Requirements

Ability to work shifts, physically capable (lifting, bending and prolonged physical work including standing and walking).

Delivery Method

Includes one week of life skills 
One week of safety tickets (paid for by SIIT) 
Short-term work placement included 
Remaining weeks are classroom and hands-on learning  

  • 30% classroom and 70% hands-on

Tuition and Fees

Certificate
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$4,692 $500 $2,550 $7,742
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
Applied Certificate
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$2,958 $500 $2,000 $5,458
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes
UPass  

$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is a provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass, please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.

Courses

PREP 110 SAFETY TICKETS  

WLDG 100 WELDING SAFETY  

WLDG 102 WELDING MATHEMATICS  

WLDG 103 FABRICATION EQUIPMENT 

WLDG 104 METALLURGY AND METAL HEAT TREATMENTS 

WLDG 105 BLUEPRINT READING  

WLDG 106 OXY-ACETYLENE WELDING  

WLDG 107 CUTTING PROCESSES  

WLDG 108 GAS METAL ARC WELDING  

WLDG 109 GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING 

WLDG 110 SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 1 

WLDG 111 SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 2  

WLDG 112 SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING 3  

WLDG 114 WORK PLACEMENT/SPECIAL PROJECT  

WLDG 120 COMMUNICATIONS  

WLDG 125 SHOP PROJECTS 

What to Expect

You can expect industry standard courses and training on up-to-date equipment. A career as a welder requires you to be physically capable (lifting, bending and moving with prolonged periods of standing and walking).

Graduation Requirements

  • 60% on each course for SIIT is required and an overall average to complete the course 
  • Pass is required for safety tickets  
  • In order to challenge the Red Seal Exam an apprentice needs 5400 hours, to complete three levels of technical training and three years in the trade.

Attendance Policy

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission requires a 90% attendance rate. 

Apprenticeship

All of the welding courses at SIIT are certified through the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission and completed courses are recognized by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and others across Canada. SIIT’s technical training is Red Seal endorsed and is recognized Nationally.

Career Possibilities

  • If you like active work, problem solving and seeing a finished product from your work you might be a fit for welding.  
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and self-monitor work quality.  
  • Ownership and maintenance of a welding helmet and other safety equipment is required by most employers.  
  • Like all jobs in the trades industry, work can be periodic with available projects work can fluctuate with industry booms and economic downturns.  
  • Welders are often working in loud, hot or cold and varying conditions.  
  • An average salary for a welder is $68,900 and can increase with high level apprentices and Red Seal Certification.  
  • Red Seal certifications are recognized across Canada.  
  • Employment for welders often includes the need for a Class Five Driver’s license and a clean driving abstract, ability to work shifts, physically capable (lifting, bending and prolonged physical work including standing and walking) 
  • In some cases for work placements and employment a criminal record or drug and alcohol check is required.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.

Did you know?

  • You can get sub-trades in Semiautomatic Welding Production Operator  
  • SIIT offers training on industry standard equipment  
  • SIIT pays for safety tickets 
  • SIIT provides work practicums as part of your training 
  • SIIT has job coaches to help get you a job when you are finished

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