Trades and Industrial

Welding

NOC-7237

To search and register for upcoming programs near you, click here.

To apply for Welding Level 2 and 3 technical training programs near you, click here or call the SIIT Joint Training Committee at 306-477-9303 or 1-877-282-5622.

Program Description

Do you enjoy working with metals? Do you have excellent hand-eye coordination and an interest in producing high-quality work? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the construction or manufacture sector? If so, SIIT’s Welding programs may provide the training that you need to complete your apprenticeship and become a Red Seal Welder.

SIIT offers all levels of technical training for the Welding trade at trade shops in Saskatoon and Regina, SK. These programs prepare students to work in the Welding trade, through a combination of classroom activity, hands on work in the shop, safety training, and industry placements. SIIT also includes the Canadian Welding Bureau Certification required to work on most job sites.

Graduates of welding technical training can expect to find employment and apprenticeship as Welders (NOC 7237). They are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed.

Admission Requirements

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  • Regular Grade 10 or GED 
  • Any Math 10, including:
    • Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics 
    • Pre-Calculus 10
  • Science 10
  • No modified or general classes
  • Note: Some employers may require a Grade 12 or, equivalent to advance in management roles.
  • The Welding trade is physically demanding- you must be physically fit to work in the trade.

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

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

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

Fall 2020 - Welding Certificate - Saskatoon

Program Length: 10 months
Start Date: 09/01/2020
Division: Trades and Industrial
Campus: Saskatoon
Location: Saskatoon Campus
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Requirements: Complete Grade 10 or GED. Must have a regular Math 10 credit & Science 10 credit. No modified or general classes.

Winter 2021 - Welding Applied Certificate - Regina

Program Length: 6 months
Start Date: 01/04/2021
Division: Trades and Industrial
Campus: Regina
Location: SIIT Regina Career Centre
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Technical Training Levels and Courses

There are three levels of technical training available through SIIT.  All levels (plus 5400 trade time hours) are required for completion of apprenticeship in the Welding Trade:

Welding Applied Certificate

This program is 22 weeks and includes safety tickets, Canadian Welding Board Certification, a one week work placement, Level 1 Technical Training, and 650 Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission recognized education hours.  To search and register for upcoming programs near you, click here.

Welding Certificate

This program is 38 weeks and includes safety tickets, Canadian Welding Board Certification, a two week work placement, Level 1 and 2 Technical Training, and 1200 Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission recognized education hours.  To search and register for upcoming programs near you, click here.

Apprenticeship Level 2 Technical Training

This Technical Training is 7 weeks and includes and 210 hours  trade time credit. To apply for Welding Level 2 technical training programs near you, click here or call the SIIT Joint Training Committee at 306-477-9303 or 1-877-282-5622.

Apprenticeship Level 3 Technical Training

This Technical Training is 8 weeks and includes 240 hours  trade time credit. To apply for Welding Level 3 technical training programs near you, click here or call the SIIT Joint Training Committee at 306-477-9303 or 1-877-282-5622.

Course content for Welding includes the following topics:

  • Trade Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Stationary Machinery
  • Access Equipment
  • Hoisting, Lifting, and Rigging
  • Communication and Trade Documentation
  • Fabrication- A1
  • Oxy Fuel Cutting
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Electric Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding
  • Metal Core Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Submerged Arc Welding
  • Working Planning
  • Quality Control
  • Layout and Pattern Development

Tuition and Fees

Applied Certificate (includes Apprenticeship Level 1 Technical Training)
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$3,018 $500 $2,150 $5,928
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
Certificate (includes Apprenticeship Level 1 and 2 Technical Training)
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$4,786 $500 $2,550 $8,096
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
Apprenticeship Level 2 Technical Training
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$735 (Payable to SATCC) $- $- $735
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
Apprenticeship Level 3 Technical Training
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$840 (Payable to SATTC) $- $- $840
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
Additional Fees- 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 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.
Funding

Depending on your status, different forms of financial assistance are available to you. Please click here to explore options for funding. If you require assistance finding funding, please contact supportservices@siit.ca.

Tuition Support is available for indentured apprentices through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee. Click here or call the SIIT Joint Training Committee at 306-477-9303 or 1-877-282-5622 for more information.

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method
  • 30% classroom and 70% hands-on training in the trades shop. Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
  • One week of life skills training is included
  • A few hours per week of independent (homework) learning.
  • Personal Protective Equipment needed for shop training and employment is provided by SIIT.
  • Safety Tickets are paid by SIIT and include:
    • WHMIS
    • First Aid/CPR
    • Fall Arrest
    • Aerial Work Platform
Work Integrated Learning

Work placements are available for Welding students. Students must adhere to attendance and academic performance standards to participate.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate.
For Welding students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate from each level and is mandatory to qualify for trade time credit.
If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.

Graduation Requirements and Credential

A minimum of 60% on each course and a 70% GPA is required to complete all Welding programs and technical training. Students must maintain an attendance of 90% or better to pass each level and obtain trade time credit.

Depending on the Welding program enrolled in, graduates will receive a Certificate, Applied Certificate, or an SIIT Transcript and Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission recognized technical training (Level 1 for Applied Certificate and Level 1 and 2 for Certificate) and trade time hours – 650 hours for Applied Certificate, 1200 hours for Certificate, 210 hours for Apprenticeship Level 2 Technical Training and 230 hours for Apprenticeship Level 3 Technical Training.

Career Path

Career Opportunities & Salaries

Graduates of welding technical training can expect to find employment and apprenticeship as Welders (NOC 7237).

Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This unit group also includes machine operators who operate previously set up production welding, brazing and soldering equipment. They are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed.

In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary for Welders is $ 61,900. (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/hire-train-and-manage-employees/labour-market-information)

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.

Apprenticeship Opportunities and Licensing Requirements

All of the welding courses at SIIT are certified through the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission. SIIT’s technical training for Welders is Red Seal endorsed.

To graduate from each level of the apprenticeship program, an apprentice must successfully complete the required technical training and compile enough on-the-job experience to total at least 1800 hours each year. Total trade time required is 5400 hours and at least 3 years in the trade.

Upon completion of their apprenticeship and required industry experience, apprentices may write the Interprovincial Journeyperson Examination and obtain a Red Seal.

For additional information on the apprenticeship process for Welders in Saskatchewan, click here.

Support for apprentices is available through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee (JTC). The SIIT Joint Training Committee (JTC) has been building careers in skilled trades since 1998! The JTC supports qualified Indigenous individuals to enter the trades as apprentices, complete trade levels, and become Journeypersons. Indenture Fees are paid by the JTC. Services are available province wide.

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