Welder-Apprenticeship

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 information for apprentices 

The March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training are cancelled. Refunds will be automatically processed, there is no need to contact the Office of the Registrar for confirmation at this time. Refunds will be sent to the address identified in your MyTradeSecrets account.

Advanced Education has been working with eleven post-secondary institutions who deliver classroom learning to determine the best course of action that will help protect the health of apprentices, instructors and staff.

Apprentices who started classroom instruction on or after March 2, 2020 will also be refunded. Priority will be given to affected apprentices seeking to re-register for classes in the 2020/21 academic year. Details to follow.

Apprentices who started technical training before March 2, 2020 will be contacted and advised by their institution about next steps for distance learning options, assessments and completion. Apprentices who complete the program and are in good academic standing will not be required to challenge the provincial theory or practical examinations.

For more information please visit the provinces trades website. You can also contact the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823 if you need information or wish to discuss your apprenticeship.

 

We offer a three-year Welder - Apprenticeship program for those looking to work in the welding industry. The program offers both on-the-job training, and skills and technical training to prepare you for the workforce.

After graduating the program, you will be able to:

  • Fuse metals safely and properly using prescribed welding applications
  • Know and understand the welding equipment involved in various procedures
  • Understand drawings and develop layout patterns
  • Calculate quantities of materials
  • Know and understand metals, arc electrodes, welding gases and gas welding filler roads
  • Recognize defective welds, and know the cause and repair procedure for the defective area
  • Know the mathematic calculations related to the welding trade
  • Know and understand the related work of other tradespeople in the industry
  • Perform tasks in accordance with industry quality and production standards

Career opportunities

As a welder, you may be employed in various industries, including:

  • Vessel or structural steel assembly
  • Pipeline construction
  • Commercial construction
  • Industrial construction
  • Steel fabrication
  • Heavy equipment repair

Experienced welders may become inspectors or supervisors, open their own shops, or work as contractors.

Admission requirements

In order to register for the Welder - Apprenticeship program, you must be an eligible indentured apprentice.

Find out more about the Alberta Apprenticeship Entrance Requirements.

Tuition and fees

 Fees (Year 1 to 3) - 8 Week Session
 
Fees (Year 1 to 3) - 8 week session  Domestic Students
Tuition $840.00
Health & Dental Fee n/a
Wellness & Athletic $17.60
Student Association Building Fee $8.96
Student Association Fee $52.08
Technology Fee $67.00
Materials $72.00
Total Fees & Tuition ***$988.08

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. 

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program structure

The Welder - Apprenticeship program is a three-year program that includes a minimum of 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.

Course outline for all years

How apprenticeships work

An apprenticeship is a work experience based post-secondary education. As an apprentice, you will find a matching employer to help tutor you as you become a carpenter through an Apprenticeship Agreement.

Your time is divided by on-the-job training under a certified journeyperson (about 80%) and attending technical training courses at a training provider, such as Keyano College (about 20%).