Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure


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

View this program's tuition and fees in 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%).