This program is now offered as Welder Foundation.
This program prepares the student for employment as a welder in industry. Students will be provided with a thorough knowledge of various metals; a variety of welding processes used in the repair and construction of metal products; a knowledge of blueprint reading, welding symbols and basic sketching; layout and assembly work; oxy-acetylene fusion welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions, braze welding of ferrous and nonferrous metals, and machine and manual cutting; shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of plate in all positions, carbon arc cutting and gouging; basic metallurgy - properties of metals, metal identification, heat treatment and the effect of heat on metals; gas metal arc welding (GMAW); flux core arc welding (FCAW); and the operation of wire feed equipment.
Graduates from this program will receive an Industry Training Authority Certificate of Completion, technical training credit for Welder Level 1 and Level 2 and 300 work-based hours once registered as a Welder apprentice.
As welding is a physically demanding trade, students should be physically fit and have good vision, hearing and respiration.
B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives
A minimum of 50% in any of:
Or a minimum of 63% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 63%.
Program Schedule: New intakes start approximately every seven weeks (28-week duration)
Location: Kelowna and on a rotating basis in Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm
Textbooks: Approximately $500. Students must provide their own steel-toed safety boots, welding gloves, helmet, coveralls and additional personal safety equipment Tools are approximately $320. All prices are subject to change.
There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.
Minimum passing grade per component is 70%.
Trades and Apprenticeship
2019-20: $4,150.76 (Kelowna, Penticton and Salmon Arm) $4,214.04 (Vernon)
January 2023: Kelowna
February 2023: Salmon Arm
April 2023: Kelowna
August 2023: Penticton, Vernon
September 2023: Kelowna
February 2024: Vernon to be confirmed
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022