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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

WELA100 Welder Apprenticeship Level 1

(240 contact hours)

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 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 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.

Restrictions: Must be in the Welder Apprenticeship Program (WELA.1, WELA.2, WELA.3, WELA)

Other Prerequisites: Eligibility as indicated by the Industry Training Authority

Lecture Hours: 120

Shop Hours: 120