Interested in obtaining training and employment in the welding field? This pre-employment program is recommended to those with a burning desire to get into a welding career, having little or no previous exposure. It provides 16 weeks of theory and practical in the classroom and shop.
You will also have the opportunity to attain safety training certification in
Upon successful completion of the Portage College program, students will be given the opportunity to challenge the First Period Apprenticeship Welder exam. In passing the Provincial Apprenticeship exam, you will have the opportunity to work in industry as an apprentice welder, welder's helper, as well as other related jobs in the welding industry.
Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20
Related Career and Technology Studies courses.
English 10-2 or equivalent
Math 10-3 or equivalent or
Pass mark in all five Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests or Entrance Exam Category A (AIT).
Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.
Program Start/End Dates
Winter term: January 3, 2023 to April 21, 2023
Dec, 16. 2022
Lac La Biche Campus
Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50
Winter Offering - Fee payment deadline December 15, 2022
Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $159. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $159.
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Tuition Deposit (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs and international only)
Domestic Students - $100
Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.
Course ID: PWELD161
Name: CUTTING LAB
This course involves 39 hours of Lab Training at Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus. Practical training includes performing welds using GMAW, FCAW and MCAW welding processes.
Course ID: PWELD162
Name: FCAW LAB
This course involves 50 hours of practical training, where students perform welds using FCAW and MCAW processes.
Course ID: PWELD177
Name: GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, & SAW THEORY
This course will focus on welding equipment and consumables and shielding gases used for the welding process.
Course ID: PWELD178
Name: GMAW LAB
This practical course will allow students to perform fillet and groove welds using the GMAW process.
Course ID: WELD172
Name: TRADES MATH
This course will focus on mathematical concepts such as decimals, fractions, ratios and percentages, formulas and metric and imperial measures.
Course ID: PWELD160
Name: WELDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROPERTIES OF METAL
This course will provide information welding technology and the properties of metals. It will focus on drawing interpretations and joint and weld types.
Course ID: PWELD170
Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS
This course will provide information on legislation, regulation and practices of safety procedures used in the workplace. As well as information on the correct use of tools commonly used in the Welding trade.