This 35-week program is designed to offer an alternative route to those looking to enter the welding trade. This program will provide students the ability to take evening classes that will cover all course materials received by a first-year welder apprentice.
Students in this program will be provided with the opportunity to learn about welding technology to join, shape and cut metal parts. Students will learn about pressure vessels, pipelines, joining beams and the manufacturing of other industrial components.
Work conditions for welders vary from one job to another. Welders may work outdoors on construction sites, or indoors in production and repair shops. Travel may also be required on jobs such as oilfield-related welding. A 40-hour work week is typical, but overtime is occasionally required to meet project deadlines. Being a welder is a rewarding career if you enjoy working with metal, physical work and working with little direction or supervision.
If you choose a career as a welder you'll need the following characteristics:
- manual dexterity
- good vision (corrective lenses are acceptable)
- good hand-eye coordination
- the ability to concentrate on detailed work.
The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may be eligible to challenge the first-year Welder Apprenticeship exam.
Credentials and Accreditation
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10,
- English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
- A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 2) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.
Direct Entry: Four Step Process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Welding and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
- Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
- The full-time day program is 12 weeks long.
- The part-time program is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credits|
|WELD-250||Off Campus Tours - Welding||1.5|
|WELD-254||Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Theory||3.0|
|WELD-255||Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Lab||3.0|
|WELD-256||Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Theory||3.0|
|WELD-257||Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Lab||3.0|
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Tuition Fees||SAIT Fees||Student Association Fees||Estimated 2017/18 Total|
Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: N/A
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): You may be eligible to purchase the UPass.
Student Association (SAITSA) Fees
Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A
Cost and Supplies*
- Tuition fees include all course materials and access to appropriate technology.
- The Apprenticeship exam fee is approximately $295 and will be coordinated within the first three weeks of the program.
- Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room — is available at a discounted rate.
Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.
This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
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