Welder Modular Training

Campus Kelowna
Delivery Full-Time
Credential Apprenticeship
Notes

Welder Foundation: 28 weeks
Level B: 16 weeks
Level A: 8 weeks

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Welding students take a break in class to lift their face shields and connect


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: Modular training is for welders who are not registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and who track their technical training and practical work-based hours in a Welder Logbook. If you are a registered apprentice, check out the Welder Apprenticeship training program.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees depend on the level of modular training.

Program Details

Modular training is for welders who are not registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and who track their technical training and practical work-based hours in a Welder Logbook. If you are a registered apprentice, check out the Welder Apprenticeship training program.

The modular path to Red Seal certification as a welder follows these steps:

  1. Welder Foundation (formerly known as Level C)
  2. Level B - students can write the inter-provincial exam after Level B to attain Red Seal certification in welding
  3. Level A - provides an additional ticket in specialized metal welding
Program Outline
  • shielded metal arc weld
  • gas metal arc welding
  • fluxed core arc welding
  • gas tungsten arc weld
  • weld quality control and inspection procedures
  • welding codes, standards and specifications
  • blueprint reading
  • welding metallurgy
Tuition and fees for Level B
  • Tuition only: $1,866.56
  • Ancillary fees - College: $333.72
  • Ancillary fees - Student Association: $66.72
  • Health and Dental: $125.70
  • Total tuition: $2,392.7

Note: Students enrolled in any programs that are 16 weeks or longer are required to pay health and dental fees. If you have health and dental benefit coverage, you can opt-out of the program and fees by contacting the OCSU.

Textbooks for Level B
  • 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 weld
  • gas tungsten arc weld
  • welding metallurgy
  • blueprint reading
Tuition and fees for Level A
  • Tuition only: $933.28
  • Ancillary fees - College: $187.16
  • Ancillary fees - Student Association: $33.36
  • Health and Dental: N/A
  • Total tuition: $1,153.80
Textbooks for Level A
  • Welding Level A package: $40.79

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
  • 3M 6200 respirator and 3M P100 filters
  • leather protective gear (overalls and jacket)
  • binder, paper
  • 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.

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Admission Requirements

  • For Level B: successful completion of a Welder Foundation program and a minimum of 1,000 work based hours recorded in their Welder Log Book. Please contact WelderApplication@okanagan.bc.ca for more details.
  • For Level A: must be a Red Seal welder.
  • Already a registered apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA)? Explore the Welder Apprenticeship training option 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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