WELA 100 - Welder Apprenticeship Level 1

A Welder is a person who has training in and is capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding equipment. They use flame-cutting, brazing and air-arcing equipment. Additionally, they use machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines. Welders generally plan work from drawings or by analyzing the job tasks, determine the materials required and welding processes, then use their knowledge of welding to complete the job. They may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Workers use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.
Certified welders will qualify to test for Pressure Welding Procedure tests in British Columbia (PWP), BCP-100. Pressure procedure tests are administered by the BC Safety Authority.
Welders use a logbook to record training, competencies, certifications, endorsements and employment history.


Hours: 240 (Lecture Hours: 120; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 120)

Total Weeks:  8




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Eligibility as indicated by the Industry Training Authority




Course Content:
Occupational Skills:
- Describe welder apprenticeship and the scope of the trade in BC
- Describe safe working practices
- Perform basic trade related mathematical calculations
- Use and maintain measuring and layout tools
- Use and maintain hand tools
- Use and maintain power tools (electric and pneumatic)
- Describe shop materials
- Apply lifting, hoisting and rigging procedures
Cutting and Gouging Processes:
- Describe Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC) processes and their applications
- Describe Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC) equipment and its operation
- Perform freehand and guided cuts on low carbon steel (OFC)
- Use automatic and semi-automatic cutting machines (OFC)
- Describe CAC-A and PAC processes, equipment and their applications
- Use CAC-A and PAC cutting and gouging processes and equipment
Fusion and Braze Welding (TB) Using the Oxy-Fuel (OFW) Process:
- Describe fusion welding; braze welding and brazing processes and their applications
- Describe fusion welding; braze welding and brazing equipment and its operation
- Describe filler metals, fluxes and tips used for fusion welding, braze welding and brazing
- Describe joint design and weld positions for OFW
- Fusion weld on low carbon steel sheet
- Braze weld (TB) using the OFW process
- Silver alloy braze on similar and dissimilar metals
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW):
- Describe the SMAW process
- Describe SMAW equipment and its operation
- Select electrodes for SMAW
- Describe basic joint design and weld positions for SMAW
- Describe weld faults and distortion in fabrications in SMAW
- Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe
- Use the hardsurfacing process on low carbon steel
- Use the SMAW process on stainless steel and/or low carbon steel plate and pipe
Semi-Automatic and Automatic Welding:
- Describe GMAW, GMAW-P, FCAW, MCAW and SAW processes and their applications
- Describe semi-automatic and automatic welding equipment and its operation
- Describe filler metal and shielding gases for semi-automatic and automatic processes
- Use the GMAW and GMAW-P process
- Use the FCAW process
Welding Drawings, Layout and Fabrication:
- Identify common welding symbols and bolted connections


Learning Outcomes:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Welder Level 1. This document can be found in its most current form at: http://www.itabc.ca/program/welder


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments: All Students will sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Rules and Regulatory Practices for Students. Policy  


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.