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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.