A VIU's Welding certificate student is welding a pipe

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)

2.5

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 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 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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.

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 $452.14 per month)

3,164.98

Lab fee

329.59

Student Services fee (4.419% of tuition)

139.86

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

139.78

VIU Students' Union fee (7 months x $20.32 per month)

142.24

Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs)

1,050.00

Forklift training*

127.50

Total

5,093.95

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

Amount

Tuition (1 week x $104.36 per week)

104.36

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

4.17

VIU Students' Union Fee

5.08

Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs)

1,050.00

Forklift training*

127.50

Total

1,291.11

Welder Foundation & Welder Fitter

Amount

Tuition

5,925.18

Lab fee

329.59

Supply fee

162.36

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

256.69

Student Services fee (4.419% of tuition)

261.83

VIU Students' Union fee (10 months x $20.32 per month)

203.20

Textbooks and supplies (approximate costs)

1,050.00

Forklift training*

127.50

Total

8,316.35

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
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Welder Foundation: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Welder Fitter: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Next Intake(s)
  • TBA
Information Session
Welding
information session
Application Fee
$40.90
Testing Required
Yes
Admissions Assistant

Name: Tarra Tipton
Phone: 604-485-8035
Email: Tarra.Tipton@viu.ca

Comments

A Welding assessment is required to complete your application.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Feb 3, 2020
Next Intake(s)
  • February 3, 2020
Information Session
Welding
information session
Accepting International Applications
No
Application Fee
$40.90
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
Yes
Admissions Assistant

Name: Darlene Norby
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2594
Email: darlene.norby@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Michael Hallam
Phone: 250-748-4529 ext. 3703
Email: michael.hallam@viu.ca

Comments

A Welding assessment is required to complete your application.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Feb 3, 2020
Next Intake(s)
  • February 3, 2020
Information Session
Welding
information session
Accepting International Applications
No
Application Fee
$40.90
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
Yes
Admissions Assistant

Name: Shirley McGregor
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: shirley.mcgregor@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Michael Hallam
Phone: 250-748-4529 ext. 3703
Email: michael.hallam@viu.ca

Comments

A Welding assessment is required to complete your application.

Welding Certification Student, Natalie Chester, working on a project at VIU's Welding school

Natalie Chester

“I enrolled in the Welding and Fabrication program at VIU after working for a year and deciding to go into the trades. I received my Foundations level welding and fabrication endorsements through VIU. As a student new to welding I found the instructors extremely knowledgeable and hands-on. They supported my learning experience and taught me many techniques that will help me to get a job in industry.”


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