WELA 300 - Welder Apprenticeship Level 3

Level 3 Welding students will complete their training for 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. 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: 300 (Lecture Hours: 150; Shop/Teaching Kitchen: 150)

Total Weeks:  10




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




Course Content:
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW):
- Select electrodes for SMAW
- Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe
Semi-automatic and Automatic Welding:
- Use the GMAW and GMAW-P process
- Use combined GMAW, MCAW and FCAW processes
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW):
- Use the GTAW process for ferrous metals
- Use the GTAW process for aluminum
Basic Metallurgy :
- Describe mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
- Describe common ferrous, non-ferrous and reactive metals and their weldability
- Describe the grain structure of metals
- Describe aluminum, aluminum alloys and their weldability
Welding Drawings, Layout and Fabrication:
- Read and interpret drawings
- Interpret and apply mechanical drawings and layout components
- Fabricate weldments
- Costing and estimating
Quality Control and Inspection:
- Describe basic welding quality control and inspection requirements
- Describe inspection and testing procedures
- Describe the scope of the welding supervisor and inspector responsibilities
Standards, Codes, Specifications and Welder Qualifications:
- Identify applicable standards, codes, specifications and jurisdictional bodies
- Describe compliance with weld procedure specifications (WPS) and data sheets


Learning Outcomes:
This course follows the prescribed ITA Provincial curriculum for Welder Level 3. 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.