Welder

WHAT YOU DO

Welders are the masters of metal who use flame-cutting, brazing and air arcing equipment to fuse metals in all positions.

This is your chance to feel the heat. Meld, attach, and affix pieces of metal together with precision and watch objects come to life in your hands.

As a welder, you’ll learn how to use a variety of manual and computerized equipment. You’ll work alongside other tradespeople and can take specialized courses to become a true expert in a specific sector, such as custom fabrication, pressure vessel welding, or shipbuilding and repair.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to perform basic trade-related mathematical calculations
  • How to use automatic and semi-automatic cutting machines
  • How to read and interpret welding drawings
  • How to perform welding inspections and testing procedures

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a welder, you can work for a metal fabrication company, a shipbuilding company, pulp and paper mills, iron and steel mills, machine manufacturing companies, oil and gas companies, coal mines and anywhere that speciality metal parts are required.

Types of Workplaces

  • Construction sites
  • Mills and mines
  • Public administration and defence
  • Motor vehicle dealerships and repair shops

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You’ll be paired with a Red Seal certified Welder who has diverse working experience in shop fabrication, heavy construction, and maintenance and repair. They’ll help you analyze job tasks, determine the materials required, and use your knowledge to complete the job.

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Builders are

ATHLETIC, COLLABORATIVE, MATHEMATICAL, PRECISE, TACTILE

Critical Skills

  • Workplace Safety
  • Basic Drafting
  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Specialized tools and equipment training
  • Fabricate weldments

Earn

$58K annually
$16.00 - $38.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    weekdays and weekends

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Builder's Story

Kevin de Oliveira, 20

Sheet Metal Worker

Victoria, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.