WELA 200 - Welder Apprenticeship Level 2

A level 2 welding student will advance their knowledge 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, shipbuilding and repair, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding or machinery and equipment repair welding. Welders 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 Certification procedural 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:
- Apply lifting, hoisting and rigging procedures
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW):
- Select electrodes for SMAW
- Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe
- Describe the SMAW process on grey cast iron
Semi-Automatic and Automatic Welding:
- Use the GMAW and GMAW-P process
- Use the FCAW process
- Use the MCAW process
- Use the SAW process
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW):
- Describe the GTAW process and its application
- Describe GTAW equipment and its operation
- Describe the application of GTAW for ferrous metals
- Use the GTAW process for ferrous metals
- Use the GTAW process for stainless steel
Basic Metallurgy:
- Describe production processes for manufacturing metals
- Describe mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
- Describe common ferrous, non-ferrous and reactive metals and their weldability
Welding Drawings, Layout and Fabrication:
- Read and interpret drawings
- Perform basic drafting
- Perform mathematical calculations
- Interpret and apply mechanical drawings and layout components
- Fabricate weldments
- Costing and estimating


Learning Outcomes:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Welder Level 2. 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.