Welding Pre-Employment Certificate
The Pre-Employment Welding program will carefully follow the Welder, First Period curriculum outlined by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). In this 16-week certificate program, you’ll receive training in:
- flux core arc welding (FCAW)
- gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
- oxy-acetylene welding (OAW)
- submerged arc welding (SAW)
- shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
You’ll study basic joints, types of welds, welding symbols and weld faults, plus gain hands-on experience in safe work practices in shop and lab, hand tools and power tools, equipment setup, trades math, maintenance and troubleshooting. This is an intensive program offering about 1.5 times as much instruction as the regular apprenticeship program.
- English 10-1 or English 10-2 and
- Mathematics 10C or Mathematics 10-3 and
- Science 10 or Science 14
Although a high school diploma is not required as a prerequisite for entrance into this program, students should be aware that some employers may require a high school diploma as a prerequisite for employment.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to the program but they will be required to pass the AIT Trades Entrance Exam during the first semester if choosing to pursue an apprenticeship.
Special materials required:
- Approved protective clothing (footwear and coveralls, etc.)
- Welder’s gloves
- Welder’s hat or beanie
- 2-3” Ring binders
- Approved safety glasses
- Ear plugs
- Calculator (non-programmable, with square root function)
First Year (14 credits)
- ITW10 Safety, Tools, Weld Fault and OAW Theory (3)
- ITW11 Trades Math (2)
- ITW12 GMAW, FCAW, SAW Theory (1.5)
- ITW13 GMAW, FCAW, SAW Lab (2)
- ITW15 OAW Lab (1)
- ITW16 SMAW Theory (1.5)
- ITW17 SMAW Lab (2)
- ITW20 Work Experience Placement (1)
Students will gain experience in the welding trade (in a welding shop, pipeline company, auto body shop, etc.). Students will not receive remuneration for the work experience placement, and any relocation expenses are the responsibility of the students.
Students must complete all required courses with a GPA of no less than 2.00 and no failing (F) grades.
Students who have successfully completed the program and also completed an acceptable Alberta Apprenticeship Prior Learning Assessment Application may have the opportunity to challenge the AIT first-year welder exam.
To register for technical apprenticeship training you must be indentured as an apprentice and eligible for training. Typically, students would be employed full-time with a company and have signed a contract of apprenticeship with them and have that contract registered by AIT.
Apprenticeship information can be accessed by visiting the AIT website at http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca.