Apprenticeship Welder

Get great hands on a training to success.

This short apprenticeship training is sure to spark a bright future. You'll learn MIG, ARC and TIG welding techniques to fuse and repair metal components used in construction and manufacturing.

First, second and third periods of apprenticeship are offered at Portage College and each period lasts eight weeks.

Portage College is an approved test centre for the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB).

Career Potential
Employment as an Apprentice Welder. Higher levels of apprenticeship create opportunities such as advancement in the field, enhanced skills and responsibilities, higher pay and increased job opportunities. Each level is another step to fulfilling the requirements to obtain a journeyman ticket.




PERIOD 1:
January 3 - February 24, 2017
PERIOD 2:
January 3 - February 24, 2017
February 27 - April 21, 2017
PERIOD 3:
October 24 - December 16, 2016
April 24 - June 16, 2017

Admission Requirements
Period 1:
Recommended path: English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20. Related Career and Technology Studies courses.
Minimum Requirements: English 10-2, Math 10-3 or a pass mark in all five Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests or Entrance Exam Category A.  Must be registered as an Apprentice Welder with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
Period 2:
Successful completion of Period 1.
Period 3:
Successful completion of Period 2.

Transferability
The technical training is the standard through the Province; therefore apprentices may take their training at Portage College or any college or technical institute in Alberta offering Welder Apprenticeship training.

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Apprenticeship Welder

  • WELDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROPERTIES OF METAL

    Course ID: WELD160

    Name: WELDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROPERTIES OF METAL

    Hours: 48

    Credits: 0

    Students fabricate a variety of projects using their acquired skills. They also have the opportunity to work in industry under the supervision of a journeyman welder.

  • CUTTING LAB

    Course ID: WELD161

    Name: CUTTING LAB

    Hours: 23

    Credits: 0

    Students develop skills using GMAW and FCAW welding processes on a variety of joint designs.

  • FCAW LAB

    Course ID: WELD162

    Name: FCAW LAB

    Hours: 29

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge about gas metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, submerged arc welding relating to welding equipment, safety, filler metals, shielding gases and trouble shooting.

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS

    Course ID: WELD170

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS

    Hours: 23

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge about safety guidelines, welding safety, hand tools, power tools, weld faults, oxy-fuel equipment, brazing, cutting and material handling.

  • WELD TRADE MATH

    Course ID: WELD172

    Name: WELD TRADE MATH

    Hours: 29

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge about the welding industry relating to mathematical calculations.

  • GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, SAW THEORY

    Course ID: WELD177

    Name: GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, SAW THEORY

    Hours: 59

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge about the welding industry relating to safety, shop equipment, and a wide variety of welding.

  • GMAW LAB

    Course ID: WELD178

    Name: GMAW LAB

    Hours: 29

    Credits: 0

    Students develop skills using a variety of electrodes on several joint designs. They are tested to provincial standards, using Electrode E6010 or E6011 on a vertical lap, flat lap and flat butt joint.

  • SMAW LAB

    Course ID: WELD265

    Name: SMAW LAB

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 0

    Students develop skills using a variety of electrodes on several joint designs.

  • SMAW ONE

    Course ID: WELD270

    Name: SMAW ONE

    Hours: 31

    Credits: 0

    Students will acquire knowledge about SMAW as it applies to groove welds on grey cast iron, production of metals, properties of metals, carbon steel, alloy steels, alloy steel filler metals, metal identification, distortion and hard facing.

  • GTAW ONE

    Course ID: WELD271

    Name: GTAW ONE

    Hours: 33

    Credits: 0

    Students will acquire knowledge about GTAW and FCAW as it applies to electrodes, filler metals, shielding gases, equipment maintenance, trouble shooting, aluminum and stainless steel.

  • SMAW TWO

    Course ID: WELD274

    Name: SMAW TWO

    Hours: 33

    Credits: 0

    WELD274

  • GTAW LAB

    Course ID: WELD275

    Name: GTAW LAB

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 0

    Students develop skills welding on mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel using a variety of filler metals and joint designs.

  • PATTERN DEVELOPMENT AND ESTIMATING

    Course ID: WELD278

    Name: PATTERN DEVELOPMENT AND ESTIMATING

    Hours: 43

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge and skills as it applies to pattern development, geometric construction, isometric drawings, oblique drawings, basic fabrication layout practice, plate layout, pipe layout, welding symbols and estimating.

  • CUT PROJECT

    Course ID: WELD365

    Name: CUT PROJECT

    Hours: 23

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire skills in oxy-fuel cutting on mild steel.

  • WELDS ON MILD STEEL PLATE AND PIPE

    Course ID: WELD366

    Name: WELDS ON MILD STEEL PLATE AND PIPE

    Hours: 20

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire skills using GTAW on mild steel plate and pipe.

  • SMAW THREE

    Course ID: WELD370

    Name: SMAW THREE

    Hours: 36

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge as it applies to stainless steel, nickel alloys and clad steels.

  • TRADE SCIENCE

    Course ID: WELD373

    Name: TRADE SCIENCE

    Hours: 24

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge as it applies to non-destructive testing, destructive testing, metallurgy, heat treatment, codes and standards.

  • SMAW LAB

    Course ID: WELD374

    Name: SMAW LAB

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire skills using SMAW on mild steel plate and pipe.

  • GTAW LAB

    Course ID: WELD375

    Name: GTAW LAB

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge as it applies to GTAW on mild steel plate and pipe.

  • DRAWING INTERPRETATION

    Course ID: WELD376

    Name: DRAWING INTERPRETATION

    Hours: 40

    Credits: 0

    Students acquire knowledge as it applies to drawing interpretation, structural drawings, piping drawings and pressure vessel drawings.

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