VIU welding

Welder Apprenticeship Program

Welder Level B

Welder Level B (16-weeks) provides more advanced welding skills, related theory and builds upon the training and skills developed in the Welder Foundation program providing graduates with a broader base of skills and more employment opportunities. Welder Level B students are also eligible to qualify to test for Portable Pressure Welding Procedure (PWP) testing in British Columbia. Students must complete approximately four months of technical training and eight months of work experience as a welder before being granted the Provincial Ministry Level B certification.

Practical Modules

(one mandatory plus one optional):

  • P-7 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW-II) - Mandatory
  • P-8 Gas Metal Arc Welding II (GMAW-II) - Optional
  • P-9 Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW-II) – Optional
  • P-10 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I (GTAW-I) - Optional

Theory modules

  • RK-4 Welding Quality Control and Inspection Procedures
  • RK-5 Welding Code Standards and Specifications
  • RK-6 Blueprint Reading II
  • RK-7 Welding Metallurgy II

Students who successfully complete Welder Level B are eligible to write the Inter-Provincial (Red Seal) exam toward certification, or progress to Welder Level A training.

Welder Level A

(Not currently offered)

Welder Level A (8-weeks) continues building upon the theory and practical learning started in Welder Foundation and Welder Level B. Pipe welding with stainless steel electrodes, low-alloy steel electrodes, more advanced blueprint reading and welding metallurgy, etc., are covered. Completion of this program along with the required work experience component should provide the graduate with the broadest base of skills and employment opportunities in the diverse metal joining industries.

Theory and practical modules include:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Welding Metallurgy III
  • Blueprint Reading III

Students who successfully complete Welder Level A are eligible to write the Inter-Provincial (Red Seal) exam toward certification if not previously completed in Welder Level B.

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