A VIU student welding

Welder Foundation

(formerly Level C)

The Welder Foundation program is 40-week introductory program that prepares learners for employment in the welding industry. This may include manufacturing, construction, transportation, mining, forestry, ship-building, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Welder Foundation program also includes the Welder Fitter program graduates will receive a Welder Fitter Certificate.

Students are involved in both theory and practical learning, providing them with a thorough knowledge of various metals, a variety of welding processes used in the repair and construction of metal products, a knowledge of blueprint reading, welding symbols and basic sketching, layout and assembly work, oxy-acetylene fusion welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions, braze welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals, and machine and manual cutting; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) of plate in all positions, carbon arc cutting and gouging; basic metallurgy - properties of metals, metal identification, heat treatment and the effect of heat on metals; Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW); Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW); and the operation of wire feed equipment.