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Pre-Employment Welding

Interested in obtaining training and employment in the welding field? This pre-employment program is recommended to those with a burning desire to get into a welding career, having little or no previous exposure. It provides 16 weeks of theory and practical in the classroom and shop. You will also have the opportunity to attain safety training certification in: TDG, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Confined Space, Aerial Platform, Fall Protection and more - based on individual needs for employability enhancement.

Course List (details coming soon)
Workplace Safety and Tools
Welding Technology and Properties of Metals
GMAW, FCAW, MCAW and SAW Theory
GMAW Lab
FCAW Lab
Trades Math
Cutting Lab

Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)
Standard First Aid/Level B CPR
Workplace Hazard Materials Information System (WHMIS)
H2S Alive
Confined Space Entry
Fall Protection
Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
Aerial Platform Operations

Career Potential

Upon successful completion of the Portage College program, students will be given the opportunity to challenge the First Period Apprenticeship Welder exam.  In passing the Provincial Apprenticeship exam, you will have the opportunity to work in industry as an apprentice welder,  welder's helper, as well as other related jobs in the welding industry.

Credential
Certificate

Admission Requirements

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
Pass mark in all five Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests or Entrance Exam Category A (AIT).

Transferability
N/A                       

Program Start/End Dates: 
August 30 to December 17, 2021 (Fall Term)

Location:
Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Offering - Fee payment deadline August 16, 2021

Tuition $2173.82
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $2,414.79

Part-time Fees
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $145. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $145.

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

International Student Fees 

Application Fee $160.00

Fall Offering - Fee payment deadline August 16, 2021

Tuition $6521.46
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $73.27
Recreation Fee $51.00
Total $6,762.43

Visit  Portage Bookstore for textbooks and supplies

Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
International Students - $500

FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

Pre-Employment Welding

  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY TRAINING SYSTEMS (CSTS)

    Course ID: CONT120

    Name: CONSTRUCTION SAFETY TRAINING SYSTEMS (CSTS)

    Hours: 4

    Credits: 0.266

    This program is offered through a Multimedia Interactive Video CD-ROM Computer system designed to give students some basic training for working in a large construction site, with the emphasis being on safety, students are tested on what they have been taught. The training is done individually and takes an average of 4.5 hours to complete. This Alberta Construction Safety Association program is divided into 12 lessons of various health and safety topics.

  • 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.

  • DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Course ID: DIAW101

    Name: DIVERSITY AWARENESS

    Hours: 27

    Credits: 0

    This introductory course is designed to allow the learner to develop an appreciation of the value of diversity within our culture. A unique combination of video and animation sets the path of exploration through a fictitious company. The interactive learning environment is designed for learner engagement and participation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • STANDARD FIRST AID/LEVEL A CPR

    Course ID: FAID070

    Name: STANDARD FIRST AID/LEVEL A CPR

    Hours: 6

    Credits: 0.4

    This course provides comprehensive First Aid & CPR techniques for those who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies in the home or workplace until medical aid arrives. A variety of topics are covered from basic first aid such as cardiovascular and breathing emergencies, CPR Level A, prevention of disease transmission, artificial respiration, how to help someone whom is choking, how to deal with shock and unconsciousness, severe bleeding, head and spinal injuries, fractures of the upper and lower limbs and CPR for adult and youth casualties.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS

    Course ID: PWELD170

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS

    Hours: 44

    Credits: 1

    PWELD170

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