(formerly Level C)
The Welder Foundation program is 28-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 graduates can continue onto the 12 week Welder Fitter program and 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.