Welding courses provide students with proficient practical knowledge

Welding

  • Program Length 
    7 Months
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Options 
    Apprenticeship
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan, Nanaimo, Powell River

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 C.S.A (CWB) or A.S.M.E.

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.

Program Outline

Welder Foundation (28 weeks)

Credits

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

2.94

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

1.47

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

0.63

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

5.65

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

1.05

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

4.85

WELD 114T - (Layout and Fabricate Components)

1.68

WELD 116T - (Welding Drawings)

1.68

WELD 120T - (Basic Metallurgy)

1.05

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 training is available to holders of Level C.

Level B

WELD 152T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Theory)

WELD 153T - (Shielded Metal Arc Welding – Practical)

WELD 154T - (Gas Metal Arc Welding – Theory)

WELD 155T - (Gas Metal Arc Welding – Practical)

WELD 156T - (Flux Cored Arc Welding – Theory)

WELD 157T - (Flux Cored Arc Welding – Practical)

WELD 158T - (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding – Theory)

WELD 159T - (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding – Practical)

WELD 166T - (Welding Quality Control & Inspection Procedures)

WELD 168T - (Welding Codes, Standards & Specifications)

WELD 170T - (Blueprint Reading II)

WELD 172T - (Welding Metallurgy II)

All program courses must be successfully completed before certificates will be issued.

Updated 
Friday, July 24, 2015

Admission Requirements

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.

Start Date and Application Deadline

Welder Foundation: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For further information regarding applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List the NanaimoCowichan, and Powell River campuses.

Welder Fitter: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For further information regarding applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Work Placement Opportunities

Apprenticeship Training

Level 1 (8 weeks)

Apprentices who have already obtained an employer sponsor band and have acquired industry welding experience can register for Level 1 technical training. Upon successful completion of the Level 1 program and the Level 1 exam, graduates will then be eligible to continue on with the Level 2 technical training.

Level 2 (8 weeks)

Apprentices registering for this program will have already successfully completed Level 1 apprenticeship technical training. Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Program and the Level 2 exam, graduates will then be eligible to continue on with Level 3 technical training.

Level 3 (8 weeks)

Apprentices registering for this program will have already successfully completed Level 2 apprenticeship technical training and have a recommended 300 work based training hours. Upon successful completion of the Level 3 program, graduates will then be eligible to write the Welding Red Seal exam.

Specialty Metals Endorsement (5 weeks)

Welders registering for this program will have already successfully completed Level 3 apprenticeship technical training and have Red Seal Certification. Upon successful completion of the Specialty Metals Endorsement program and the Specialty Metals Endorsement exam, students will receive certification.

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

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 $443.27 per month)

3,102.89

Lab fee

323.13

Student Services fee (4.419% of tuition)

137.12

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee)

137.04

VIU Students' Union fee (7 months x $19.43 per month)

136.01

Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs)

1,050.00

Forklift training*

127.50

Total

5,013.69

Apprenticeship Training Levels 1-3, A-B, and Specialty Metals Endorsement (Cost Per Level, Per Week)

Amount

Tuition (1 week x $102.31 per week)

102.31

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

4.09

VIU Students' Union Fee

4.86

Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs)

1,050.00

Forklift training*

127.50

Total

1,288.76

Welder Foundation & Welder Fitter

Amount

Tuition

5,808.97

Lab fee

323.13

Supply fee

156.06

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition, lab and supply fee)

251.53

Student Services fee (4.419% of tuition)

256.70

VIU Students' Union fee (10 months x $19.43 per month)

194.30

Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs)

1,050.00

Forklift training*

127.50

Total

8,168.19

Notes

* Forklift training is $102 when offered in Nanaimo and $127.50 when offered in Cowichan.

Welder Fitter Program: Contact Registration 250-740-6400 for fee information.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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