Welder Apprenticeship

Campus Kelowna
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Apprenticeship
Notes

Level 1: 8 weeks
Level 2: 8 weeks
Level 3: 10 weeks

Welder apprentices will be eligible to write the Red Seal examination on the last day of the Level 3 program.

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Apprenticeship Description

Welders are trained and capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using various welding processes.

Note: this program is for welders who are sponsored by their employer and are registered with the Industry Training Authority BC. Welders who are not "active" registered with ITA BC and track their hours in a Welder Logbook should review the modular option for apprenticeship training.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees depend on the level of apprenticeship study. 

Program Details

Program Outline
  • occupational skills
  • oxy-fuel cutting and gouging processes 
  • fusion and braze welding using the oxy-fuel process
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • electric arc cutting, gouging and related processes
  • semi-automatic welding
Tuition and fees for Level 1
  • Tuition only: $933.28
  • Ancillary fees - College: $98.84
  • Ancillary fees - Student Association: $33.36
  • Health and Dental: N/A
  • Total tuition: $1,065.48
Textbooks for Level 1
  • Welding Foundation Modules: $305.75
  • Metal Trades and Welding Handbook (optional): $25

Note: 5% GST is not included in the price, and prices are subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Bookstore by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4586, or ordering online

Required Supplies
  • clear lens face shield for grinding
  • leather welding gloves
  • CSA-approved steel toed leather work boots
  • safety glasses
  • tinted face shield for oxy-fuel welding and cutting
  • welding helmet
  • leather protective gear (overalls and jacket)
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • calculator to write the IP exam, preferably one of: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X
  • government-issued picture ID is required to write the provincial and national exams (driver’s licence, photo ID or valid passport) - student card is not acceptable

Note: all safety equipment and clothing is required fir the first day of class.

Tools
  • tool box 21” approximately (metal) combo square
  • Awl 10R vise grip
  • ¾ flat chisel  2x11R vise clamps
  • tip cleaner wire brush
  • ball peen hammer 2-10” crescent wrench
  • chipping hammer
  • tape measure
  • soapstone holder with soapstone  14” half round bastard with handle
  • slip joint pliers hack saw and blade
  • center punch side cutters or mig pliers
  • striker

You can supply the above tools yourself or you can purchase a set from the Welding Department (approximately $350). If you want to purchase your tools from the Welding Department, this can be done the first day of class. Should you decide to supply your own tools, the list provided is the minimum requirement. All tools on this list must be present for you to proceed with this program.

Program Outline
  • occupational skills
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • semi-automatic welding
  • basic metallurgy
  • welding drawings
  • layout and fabricate components
  • submerged arc welding
Tuition and fees for Level 2
  • Tuition only: $933.28
  • Ancillary fees - College: $98.84
  • Ancillary fees - Student Association: $33.36
  • Health and Dental: N/A
  • Total tuition: $1,065.48
Textbooks for Level 2
  • Welding Foundation Modules (if not already purchased): $305.75
  • Welding Level B package: $106.75

Note: 5% GST is not included in the price, and prices are subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Bookstore by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4586, or ordering online

Required Supplies
  • clear lens face shield for grinding
  • leather welding gloves
  • CSA-approved steel toed leather work boots
  • safety glasses
  • tinted face shield for oxy-fuel welding and cutting
  • welding helmet
  • leather protective gear (overalls and jacket)
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • calculator to write the IP exam, preferably one of: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X
  • government-issued picture ID is required to write the provincial and national exams (driver’s licence, photo ID or valid passport) - student card is not acceptable

Note: all safety equipment and clothing is required fir the first day of class.

Tools
  • tool box 21” approximately (metal) combo square
  • Awl 10R vise grip
  • ¾ flat chisel  2x11R vise clamps
  • tip cleaner wire brush
  • ball peen hammer 2-10” crescent wrench
  • chipping hammer
  • tape measure
  • soapstone holder with soapstone  14” half round bastard with handle
  • slip joint pliers hack saw and blade
  • center punch side cutters or mig pliers
  • striker

You can supply the above tools yourself or you can purchase a set from the Welding Department (approximately $350). If you want to purchase your tools from the Welding Department, this can be done the first day of class. Should you decide to supply your own tools, the list provided is the minimum requirement. All tools on this list must be present for you to proceed with this program.

Program Outline
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • semi-automatic welding
  • basic metallurgy
  • welding drawings
  • layout and fabricate components
  • quality control and inspection
  • standards, codes, specifications and welder qualifications
  • gas tungsten arc welding
  • specialized processes
Tuition and fees for Level 3
  • Tuition only: $1,166.60
  • Ancillary fees - College: $113.40
  • Ancillary fees - Student Association: $41.70
  • Health and Dental: N/A
  • Total tuition: $1,321.70
Textbooks for Level 3
  • Welding Foundation Modules (if not already purchased): $305.75
  • Welding Level B package: $106.75

Note: 5% GST is not included in the price, and prices are subject to change. Textbooks are available at the OC Bookstore by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4586, or ordering online

Required Supplies
  • clear lens face shield for grinding
  • leather welding gloves
  • CSA-approved steel toed leather work boots
  • safety glasses
  • tinted face shield for oxy-fuel welding and cutting
  • welding helmet
  • leather protective gear (overalls and jacket)
  • binder
  • pencils, pens, erasers
  • calculator to write the IP exam, preferably one of: Sharp EL-520W, EL-520X, EL-531X
  • government-issued picture ID is required to write the provincial and national exams (driver’s licence, photo ID or valid passport) - student card is not acceptable

Note: all safety equipment and clothing is required fir the first day of class.

Tools
  • tool box 21” approximately (metal) combo square
  • Awl 10R vise grip
  • ¾ flat chisel 2x11R vise clamps
  • tip cleaner wire brush
  • ball peen hammer 2-10” crescent wrench
  • chipping hammer
  • tape measure
  • soapstone holder with soapstone  14” half round bastard with handle
  • slip joint pliers hack saw and blade
  • center punch side cutters or mig pliers
  • striker

You can supply the above tools yourself or you can purchase a set from the Welding Department (approximately $350). If you want to purchase your tools from the Welding Department, this can be done the first day of class. Should you decide to supply your own tools, the list provided is the minimum requirement. All tools on this list must be present for you to proceed with this program.

The Welder Foundation program prepares students to enter the Welder Apprenticeship program. Students who successfully complete the foundation program can go into Level 3 of the Welder Apprenticeship program and then write the inter-provincial exam for Red Seal certification.

Apprentices can also investigate Welder B Level for a modular training option.

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Admission Requirements

  • Registered as an active apprentice with ITA BC. Being a registered apprentice requires a welder to have an employer indenture them with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in the trade. Your apprenticeship ITA number will be required.
  • Must be working for an employer with at least one qualified Welder journeyperson.
  • Not registered as an apprentice?
    • Option 1: Ask your employer to register you as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). It’s free, simple and can be completed within a few minutes online or printed and mailed to the ITA head office. More details can be found at www.itabc.ca.
    • Option 2: Explore modular system training at Okanagan College.

 

Financial Incentives

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant provides direct support to apprentices in the first two years of an approved apprenticeship training program (Red Seal trades). The taxable grant is $1,000 for Level 1 and $1,000 for Level 2. This grant is only available after you have completed the specified level of technical training and have a specific number of work-based hours on your ITA transcript.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $3,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade. Apprentices can apply twice; once after their first year of training, and one more time after their second year.

Note: this grant is not available to students in the Professional Cook and/or Baker Apprenticeship programs.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 taxable cash grant for apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain Red Seal endorsement or a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification in a designated Red Seal trade.

WorkBC Apprenticeship Supports

Apprentice financial supports are available to eligible apprentices while they’re completing their classroom apprenticeship training. Apprentices may be able for supports which cover costs such as child card, transportation, disability, and more. Once an apprentice completes the WorkBC application online, a 16-digit reference code will be emailed to them. Use the 16-digit reference code for the Service Canada EI application. 

Service Canada EI Application

Apprentices attending full-time technical training (sometimes referred to as block-release training), they may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while unemployed and attending your course. Refer to the Service Canada website for application details.

Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements may receive up to $4,000 in loans per period of technical training. The purpose of the CAL is to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with loans to assist with the costs to attend technical training.

The LNG Canada Trades Training Fund is available for application by employers on behalf of their apprentices who are high-demand trades. Funding can be requested for apprenticeship training, foundation training as well as specialized, technical and managerial training. Only small companies with 20 employees or less, who are supporting apprenticeship in the demand trades, are eligible.

The federal government will now provide tax recognition for the costs that many employed tradespeople incur to provide their own tools in their employment duties. A deduction (up to a maximum of $500/year) will be allowed for the total cost of new tools acquired by an employed tradesperson in a tax year in excess of $1000. Employer will need to certify that the employee is required to obtain those tools for use in employment activities.

Apprentices who complete their third and four year of any apprenticeship program may be eligible for a tax credit. The apprentice will receive the tax credit when they file their annual income taxes. Apprentices will be eligible for a tax credit of $2,000 for completing Level 3 and a credit for $2,500 for completing Level 4 of any apprenticeship. For more information visit www.sbr.gov.bc.ca

Your T2202A tax form is available online via myOkanagan on the last day of February.
To access your tax form:

  1. Login to myOkanagan
  2. Username: 300XXXXXX@stu.oc
  3. Password: birthdate (mmddyyyy) (you will be asked to update your password the first time you login)
  4. Click the "T2202A Tax Form" link under Online Services

If you have any problems accessing your myOkanagan account, please call IT Services at 1-866-839-4032 or complete an online myOkanagan password reset request.

 

 

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