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Welding Technician

Open for Winter 2018

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 24 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Prepare for a career as a welder through courses that combine theory and hands-on instruction and cover how to join and sever metals using industry processes. Grads can write the second period apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $10,873
Year 1 (International): $16,350

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Winter 2018 March 12, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Program Details

Program Description

Over the course of this full-time, 24-week program you will learn the skills and theory taught in the first and second period of the Welder apprenticeship program. You will learn how to join and sever metals using various processes used in the welding industry. You will also learn how to use other tools used in the welding industry.

Upon successful completion of the first 12-weeks, you will be eligible to write the first period Welder apprenticeship exam. At the end of the 24-weeks, providing you pass the first period exam and the last 12-weeks of the course, you will be eligible to write the second period Welder Apprenticeship exam.

Upon successful completion of the entire program you will earn a SAIT Welding Technician Certificate.

Your Career

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.

If you choose a career as a welder you'll need the following characteristics: manual dexterity, patience, good vision (corrective lenses are acceptable), good hand-eye coordination, and the ability to concentrate on detailed work. Being a welder is a rewarding career if you enjoy working with metal, physical work and working with little direction or supervision.

  • Graduates of the Welding Technician program have a 90% employment rate.

Student Success

SAIT will recognize students who successfully complete this program. The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial exam for welding first and second period.

Upon completion of the program, successfully writing the first and second period exams, and becoming indentured; the student will be able to complete his/her apprenticeship while employed in the normal manner.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Welding Technician.


Graduates may be eligible to register as apprentices in the Welder apprenticeship program (WEP), once they find employment. They will also be able to challenge the first and second period WEP apprenticeship exams.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 10C, Math 10-3, Pure Math 10, or Applied Math 10, AND,
  • 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

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 Welding Technician 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.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.


Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MATH-104 Math for Apprentice Trades 1.5
WLDG-202 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Theory 1.5
WLDG-203 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 1 Lab 3.0
WLDG-212 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Theory 3.0
WLDG-213 Gas Metal Arc Welding Level 2 Lab 3.0
WLDG-252 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Theory 1.5
WLDG-253 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Lab 3.0
WLDG-254 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Theory 1.5
WLDG-255 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Lab 3.0
WLDG-256 Pattern Development 1.5
Total Credits 22.5


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $10,050 $300 $523 $10,873

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,527 $300 $523 $16,350


Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $140 (If you meet the eligibility requirements, the UPass fee will be assessed with your tuition)

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110
Dental Plan: $125
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Tuition includes all course materials, student fees and access to appropriate technology.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

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