Welder Foundations

Next Intake Scheduled for February 3, 2020.

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Level: Certificate

This 24-week program is designed to provide foundations training for welding. The welding program will occur at Seabird Island utilizing Thompson Rivers University mobile welding unit.

A welder is a person who has training in and is capable of welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals in all positions, on both plate and/or pipe, using SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes. Welders use manual or semi-automatic welding equipment. They use flame-cutting, brazing and air-arcing equipment. Additional, they use machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines. Welders generally plan work from drawings or by analyzing the job tasks, determine the materials required and welding processes, then use their knowledge of welding to complete the job. They may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, shipbuilding, and repair welding. Workers use blueprint symbols to determine machining operations. They check product specifications using precision measuring instruments, and maintain equipment and replace parts when required.

Please note that this Program is subject to minimum registration and funding.

ITA:      http://www.itabc.ca/sites/default/files/welder-outline-july-2013.pdf   |   http://www.itabc.ca/program/steamfitter-pipefitter


Program Description
Welder Foundations
The following 10 Line Areas are covered in the Welding Foundations Program and include both theoretical and practical aspects. For more information please see the Industry Training Authority Program Outline.
Line A: Occupational Skills
A1       Describe welder apprenticeship and the scope of the trade-in BC
A2       Describe safe working practices
A3       Perform basic trade related mathematical calculations
A4       Use measuring and layout tools A5 Use hand tools
A6       Use power tools (electric and pneumatic)
A7       Describe hoisting, rigging, and material handling
Line B Oxy-Fuel Cutting and Gouging Processes (OFC and OFG)
B1       Describe OFC and OFG processes and their applications
B2       Describe OFC and OFG equipment and its operation
B3       Perform freehand and guided cuts on low carbon steel
B4       Use automatic and semi-automatic cutting machines
Line C Fusion and Braze Welding (TB) Using the Oxy-Fuel (OFW) Process
C1       Describe fusion welding, braze welding and brazing processes and their applications
C2       Describe fusion welding, braze welding and brazing equipment and its operation
C3       Describe filler metals, fluxes, and tips used for fusion welding braze welding and brazing
C4       Describe joint design and weld positions
C5       Fusion weld on low carbon steel sheet
C6       Braze weld (TB) using the OFW process
C7       Silver alloy braze-on similar and dissimilar metals
Line D Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
D1       Describe the SMAW process
D2       Describe SMAW equipment and its operation
D3       Select and use electrodes for SMAW
D4       Describe basic joint design and weld positions
D5       Describe weld faults and distortion in fabrications
D6       Use the SMAW process on low carbon steel plate and pipe
D7       Describe using the hard surfacing process on mild steel
D8       Describe using the SMAW process on grey cast iron
D9       Describe and use the SMAW process on stainless steel and/or mild steel plate
Line E Electric Arc Cutting, Gouging and Related Processes
E1        Describe CAC-A, PAC, and SMAC processes, equipment, and their applications
E2        Use CAC-A and PAC cutting and gouging processes and Equipment
Line F Semi-Automatic Welding
F1        Describe GMAW, GMAW-P, FCAW, and MCAW processes and their applications
F2        Describe semi-automatic welding equipment and its operation
F3        Describe filler metal and shielding gases for GMAW
F4        Use the GMAW process
F5        Use the GMAW-P process
F6        Use the FCAW process
F7        Use the MCAW process
Line G Basic Metallurgy
G1       Describe production processes for manufacturing metals
G2       Describe the mechanical and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
G3       Describe common non-ferrous, reactive metals and their weldability
Line I Welding Drawings
I1         Perform mathematical calculations involving formulas, angles, triangles and geometric construction
I2         Perform basic drafting
I3         Read and interpret drawings
I4         Identify common welding symbols and bolted connections
Line J Layout and Fabricate Components
J1         Interpret and apply mechanical drawings
J2         Fabricate weldments
Line M Submerged Arc Welding
M1       Describe SAW process and its applications
M2       Select operating parameters for the SAW process
M3       Describe filler metals and fluxes for SAW

Program Overview:

•  24-week training program using TRU’s mobile welding unit
•  Open to all and fully funded for Indigenous individuals
•  Learn welding theory in the classroom
•  Master practical welding skills in the shop
•  Graduation qualifies you for entry-level apprenticeships
•  Work in sectors like manufacturing, construction, transportation, pipeline expansion, and resource extraction and development

Program Requirements: 

•  Good command of the English language recommended
•  Good vision, respiration, and general health, and unimpaired hearing recommended
•  Minimum completion of grade 10, with completion of grade 12 recommended
•  Successful completion of a TRU Accuplacer assessment

Hours/Day:  From 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday

Careers:  Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to work in the welding trade at a range of small to large companies. Students should be aware that significant travel may be required or relocation to remote sites for a period of time to become established in the industry. Please note that the completion of the program is no guarantee of employment.

Credentials & Work Experience:  Certificate of Completion (Welder Foundations) ITA with 70% on the ITA exam, Thompson Rivers University Welding Foundations and BC Adult Dogwood (Seabird Island Community School) if registered in the BC Adult Dogwood/Welding Foundations Program.

Location/Partner:  Thompson Rivers University.

Completion Requirements:  For ITA certification, students must complete the program and the ITA exam with a minimum of 70% on the ITA exam for welding. Those participating in the B.C. Ministry of Education Adult Dogwood program must meet ministry requirements for completion and will receive a BC Dogwood or BC Adult Dogwood from Seabird Island Community School.

Dual Credit:  Students can obtain a B.C. Adult Dogwood/welding credits at the same time. High school credits along with Math 11, Communications 12, and Planning 12, Work Experience and trades electives.

CONTACT: Registrar

E-mail: colreg@seabirdisland.ca

Telephone: 604-796-6839