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Welding Levels B & A

Level B: 16-week certificate
Level A: eight-week certificate

Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: Continuous entry
  • Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved.
  • Be in demand: The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts welders will be among the most in-demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 3,300 job openings available to 2024.
  • Learn from highly experienced, qualified instructors in some of the most modern, well-equipped shops in BC.
  • Earn technical training credit towards Year 1 and 2 of welder apprenticeship training.

Career possibilities: Welding is essential to the forest, fishing, aquaculture, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and maintenance industries in every part of the country, leading to many potential career paths and opportunities.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Great facilities, great people. NIC's welding programs have some of the most modern, well-equipped shops in BC and very experienced, highly qualified instructors. Graduates have a very high success rate and are working as welders across Canada and around the world.
  • Advance your career. If you want to learn more, NIC’s Metal Fabrication Foundation program is an excellent complement to the skills gained in welding and will increase your skills and your employability.
  • Go further. Complete your Metal Fabrication Foundation Certificate and Welder Foundation training in an accelerated 10 month period.

Program Highlights

NIC follows the new provincial Welding training program introduced in January of 2014. This is a progressive credentialing model, whereby individuals can exit with a Certificate of Qualification upon completion of Levels 1 to 3, and the Welders Endorsement. The Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination is attached to the completion of the Welders Endorsement.
 
The Welding Foundation program prepares you for entry-level employment in industrial manufacturing, welding and fabrication shops. You will be introduced to a variety of welding techniques, layout and fabrication, basic metallurgy, drawing for welding and occupational skills.

Following successful completion of this program and upon entering an apprenticeship, you will be eligible to receive technical training credit for Levels 1 and 2, plus 300 work-based hours toward your welding apprenticeship requirements.

Career Opportunities

The welding trade is relevant in a wide variety of industries, opening doors for many potential career paths and opportunities. Welding is essential to the forest, fishing, aquaculture, agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and maintenance industries in every part of the country. There is tremendous potential for career advancement for bright, motivated and talented trades persons.

ASME Welder Performance Qualification Testing

NIC's welding centres are authorized testing stations for the Boiler Branch. Qualified welders may challenge Welder Performance Qualification tests in accordance with the Power Engineers and Boiler and Pressure Vessels Safety Act regulations and directives, subject to available space.

Welding Performance tests are incorporated in the following courses: WP-007 and WPW-010.

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $100 refundable tool deposit. The deposit is not included in your tuition, and will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.
 
You are also responsible for providing basic personal protective equipment and tools. Contact the instructors at 250-923-9735 or 250-724-8727 for a complete list.
 

Admission Requirements

Level B

  1. Must have successfully completed Welding Level C or Foundation, plus minimum work-based hours as prescribed by the ITA (OPSN 2015 029 – hours are recommended at 1,000).

Level A

  1. Must have successfully completed Welding Level B, plus minimum work-based hours as prescribed by the ITA (OPSN 2015 029 – hours are a minimum of 1,950).

Note: High school graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

Note: Curriculum, certification and completion requirements may be subject to change as mandated by the ITA and minimum work-based hours are updated periodically.

 

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To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact an educational advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites secondary school equivalent courses in math, science, physics, and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as lifting, working on ladders and scaffolding or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions. 
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.

Other Welding Training

NIC offers Welding Skills Development courses to qualified welders. Contact Welding Admissions at the Campbell River or Port Alberni campuses for scheduling and fees.

  • WSR 010 Welding Skills Development - 1 Day
  • WSR 050 Welding Skills Development - 3 Days
  • WSR 060 Welding Skills Development - 1 Week
  • WSR 065 Welding Skills Development - Stainless Steel and/or Aluminum - 1 Week
  • WSR 070 Welding Skills Development - 4 Weeks
  • WSR 080 Welding Skills Development - Theory - 4 Weeks

Program Requirements

Level B

The Level B program will involve approximately 16 weeks of full-time training at the College, followed by eight months of work experience in the industry.  The four practical and four welding-related courses in Level B are listed below.

  • WPR-107 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (P7)
  • WPR-108 Gas-Metal Arc Welding II (P8)
  • WPR-109 Flux-Cored Arc Welding II (P9)
  • WPR-110 Gas-Tungsten Arc Welding I (P10)
  • WRK-104 Welding Quality & Control (RK4)
  • WRK-105 Welding Codes, Standards & Specifications (RK5)
  • WRK-106 Blueprint Reading II (RK6)
  • WRK-107 Metallurgy II (RK7)

Level A

The Level A program will involve approximately 8 weeks of training and 10 months of work experience.

  • WPR-111 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III (P11)
  • WPR-112 Gas-Tungsten Arc Welding II (P12)
  • WRK-108 Metallurgy III (RK8)
  • WRK-109 Blueprint Reading III (RK9) 

Completion Requirements

You must attain competency in each module.

Note: Curriculum, certification and completion requirements may be subject to change as mandated by the ITA and minimum work-based hours are updated periodically.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level B Level A Grand Total
Tuition $1,270 $635
NISU Fees $60 $30
Lab Fees $165 $85
Learner Resource $70 $35
Total $1,565 $785 $2,350

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