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The Welding Certificate is in alignment with Welder, First Period curriculum outlined by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). This training includes:
- Flux core arc welding (FCAW)
- Gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
- Metal-cored arc welding (MCAW)
- Oxy-acetylene welding (OAW)
- Submerged arc welding (SAW)
- Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
This program includes:
- Basic joints, types of welds, and 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 Welding Safety and Tools (3)
- ITW11 Trades Math (2)
- ITW12 GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, SAW Theory (2)
- ITW13 Welding Technology (4)
- ITW14 Welding I Processes Practice (3)
Students must complete all required courses with a GPA of no less than 2.00 and no failing (F) grades. If you have complete all of the requirements of the program, please apply to graduate.
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 that is registered with AIT.
Apprenticeship information can be accessed by visiting the AIT website at http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca.