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Pre-Employment Welding

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

  • TDG, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Confined Space, Aerial Platform, Fall Protection and more - based on individual needs for employability enhancement.

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Career Potential

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.

Credential
Certificate

Admission Requirements

Recommended path
English 30-2
Math 30-3
Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20
Related Career and Technology Studies courses.


Minimum Requirements:

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).

Transferability
N/A                       

Program Start/End Dates

Winter term: January 3, 2023 to April 21, 2023

Application Deadline 
Dec, 16. 2022

Location:
Lac La Biche Campus

Domestic Student Fees
Application Fee $53.50

Fall Offering - Fee payment deadline August 15, 2022

Tuition $2391.20
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $2,640.87

Winter Offering - Fee payment deadline December 15, 2022

Tuition $2391.20
Student Association $116.70
Technology Fee $78.40
Recreation Fee $54.57
Total $2,640.87

Part-time Fees
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


FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION

Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

Pre-Employment Welding

  • CUTTING LAB

    Course ID: PWELD161

    Name: CUTTING LAB

    Hours: 39

    Credits: 1

    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.

  • FCAW LAB

    Course ID: PWELD162

    Name: FCAW LAB

    Hours: 50

    Credits: 2

    This course involves 50 hours of practical training, where students perform welds using FCAW and MCAW processes.

  • GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, & SAW THEORY

    Course ID: PWELD177

    Name: GMAW, FCAW, MCAW, & SAW THEORY

    Hours: 95

    Credits: 4

    This course will focus on welding equipment and consumables and shielding gases used for the welding process.

  • GMAW LAB

    Course ID: PWELD178

    Name: GMAW LAB

    Hours: 82

    Credits: 2

    This practical course will allow students to perform fillet and groove welds using the GMAW process.

  • TRADES MATH

    Course ID: WELD172

    Name: TRADES MATH

    Hours: 61

    Credits: 2

    This course will focus on mathematical concepts such as decimals, fractions, ratios and percentages, formulas and metric and imperial measures.

  • WELDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROPERTIES OF METAL

    Course ID: PWELD160

    Name: WELDING TECHNOLOGY AND PROPERTIES OF METAL

    Hours: 82

    Credits: 4

    This course will provide information welding technology and the properties of metals. It will focus on drawing interpretations and joint and weld types.

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS

    Course ID: PWELD170

    Name: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND TOOLS

    Hours: 44

    Credits: 1

    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.

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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