Program calendar icon Program Length

  • 7 Months

Program credential icon Credential

  • Certificate

Program option icon Options

  • Apprenticeship

Program location icon Location Offered

  • Nanaimo

Do you have a flare for working with metal? A career in welding is within reach with VIU’s Welding program. Welding is a rewarding, challenging career with lots of well-paying job prospects. VIU offers several levels of training, including a 28-week introductory program that prepares students for entry into this industry. Once students are working in-industry, they can return for VIU’s apprenticeship Welding programs, which prepare them to achieve Red Seal certification.

Graduates of VIU’s Welding programs have found employment in shipyards, fabrication shops and a variety of construction industries.


The Welding Certificate Program

  • 7-Month Welder Foundation (21 credits)
  • 3-Month Welder Fitter (9 credits)
  • Weld Level 1, 2, 3 Apprenticeship and Specialty Metals Endorsement
  • Weld Level B
  • Accredited Weld Test Facility for CSA (CWB) or ASME

The Welder Foundation program is taught in a modular format, with practical and related knowledge modules. Students in the Foundation program, upon successful completion of the Level 1 and 2 exams, will receive a certificate of completion in the Foundation program. Once employed and registered in the Welder Apprenticeship program, the student will receive credit for Level 1 and 2 technical training and 300 work based training hours. Students are then eligible to register for Level 3 technical training where they can achieve Red Seal certification.

Classes are limited to 18 students. Graduates of the welding program have found employment in shipyards, fabrication shops, and construction industries. Welder Foundation graduates can continue onto the 12 week Welder Fitter program and receive a Welder Fitter Certificate.

For more information and schedules visit VIU's Trades and Applied Technology Apprenticeship page.

Welder Foundation (28 weeks)

Credits

WELD 102T - (Occupational Skills - Theory and Practical)

2.5

WELD 104T - (Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Gauging Processes (OFC) - Theory and Practical)

1.5

WELD 106T - (Fusion and Braze Welding Using Oxy-Fuel Process (OFW) - Theory and Practical)

1.0

WELD 108T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Theory and Practical)

6.0

WELD 110T - (Electric Arc Cutting, Gouging and Related Processes (AAC) (PAC) (SMAC) - Theory and Practical)

1.0

WELD 112T - (Semi-Automatic Welding and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW))

4.5

WELD 114T - (Layout and Fabricate Components)

1.5

WELD 116T - (Welding Drawings)

1.5

WELD 120T - (Basic Metallurgy)

1.0

WELD 121T - (Gas Tungsten Arc)

0.5

Total Credits

21

Welder Fitter (12 weeks)

Credits

WELD 124T - (Safe Work Practices)

0.36

WELD 125T - (Trade Math)

0.36

WELD 126T - (Blueprints)

0.36

WELD 127T - (Materials Handling)

0.72

WELD 128T - (Metal Working Equipment)

0.36

WELD 129T - (Layout Projects - Theory)

1.8

WELD 130T - (Welder Fitting Skills - Practical)

5.04

Total Credits

9

Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship - Level 1

WELD 102T - (Occupational Skills - Theory and Practical)

WELD 104T - (Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Gauging Processes (OFC) - Theory and Practical)

WELD 106T - (Fusion and Braze Welding Using Oxy-Fuel Process (OFW) - Theory and Practical)

WELD 108T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Theory and Practical)

WELD 110T - (Electric Arc Cutting, Gouging and Related Processes (AAC) (PAC) (SMAC) - Theory and Practical)

WELD 112T - (Semi-Automatic Welding and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW))

Apprenticeship - Level 2

WELD 102T - (Occupational Skills - Theory and Practical)

WELD 108T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Theory and Practical)

WELD 112T - (Semi-Automatic Welding and Submerged Arc Welding (SAW))

WELD 114T - (Layout and Fabricate Components)

WELD 116T - (Welding Drawings)

WELD 120T - (Basic Metallurgy)

Apprenticeship - Level 3

WELD 152T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - Theory and Practical)

WELD 154T - (Semi Automatic Welding)

WELD 156T - (Specialized Processes)

WELD 158T - (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) - Theory and Practical)

WELD 166T - (Welding Quality Control and Inspection)

WELD 168T - (Standards, Specifications and Welder Qualification)

WELD 170T - (Layout and Fabricate Components - Theory and Practical)

WELD 172T - (Basic Metallurgy Theory)

WELD 174T - (Welding Drawings)

Specialty Metals Endorsement

This training is available to Welders who have completed Level 3 and have Red Seal certification. Students will complete 5 weeks of technical training towards the Specialty Metals Endorsement and spend the remainder of the year working as a Welder.

Apprenticeship - Specialty Metals Endorsement

WELD 190T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Theory and Practical)

WELD 192T - (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Theory and Practical)

WELD 196T - (Basic Metallurgy)

WELD 198T - (Layout and Fabricate Components)

Level B

This program offers advanced training beyond the Foundation level and is designed to bring the welder up to journeyperson status and ultimately their interprovincial Red Seal accreditation. Upon completion of the program the student will write the interprovincial Red Seal exam.

Note on Admission

  • Adequate vision, and free from respiratory ailments.
  • Physically suited to the trade.
  • Applicants who do not possess the minimum educational requirements may have their work experience assessed in lieu of educational requirements.

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Welder Foundation Amount
Tuition (7 months x $489.41 per month) 3,425.87
Lab fee 356.77
Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition) 151.42
Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee) 151.31
VIU Students' Union fee (7 months x $26.59 per month) 186.13
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00
Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs) 1,050.00
Apprenticeship Training Levels 1-3, A-B, and Specialty Metals Endorsement
(Cost Per Level, Per Week)
Amount
Tuition (1 week x $112.97 per week) 112.97
Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 4.52
VIU Students' Union Fee 6.65
Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs) 1,050.00
Welder Foundation & Welder Fitter Amount
Tuition 6,413.59
Lab fee 356.77
Supply fee 175.75
Student Activity fee (4% of tuition, lab and supply fee) 277.84
Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition) 283.48
VIU Students' Union fee (10 months x $26.59 per month) 265.90
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00
Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs) 1,050.00
Notes

Forklift training is optional and available at an additional cost.

Welder Fitter Program: Contact Registration 250.740.6400 for fee information.

The VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Anticipated intake for someone applying today:
Next Intake(s):

The Welding Foundations program will offer one morning and one afternoon intake for September 3,  2024.

Application Fee:
$44.27
Accepting Late Applications:
Yes
Waitlist:
Yes
Testing Required:
Yes
Admissions Assistant:
Name: Darlene Norby
Phone: 250.753.3245 ext. 2594
Email: darlene.norby@viu.ca
Chair Contact:
Name: David Drury
Phone: 250.740.6139 ext. 3703
Email: David.Drury@viu.ca
Comments:

A welding assessment is required to complete your application.

Further information on this program can be found on the Department website.

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Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.