Welding Level B is a 16 week program that provides students with advanced training in a variety of processes and applications with an emphasis on pipe welding, inspection and standards. Registration at the 'B' level requires a combination of in-school technical training and work-based field experience. Additional information is available at: kpu.ca/trades/welding.
Apprenticeship and Modular Pathways
There are two pathways for progression beyond the Welding Foundation/Welder C level. Students with an employer sponsor will progress to Welder Apprentice Level 3, followed by the Specialty Metals Endorsement. Students without an employer sponsor will progress to Welder Level B followed by Welder Level A.
Please see kpu.ca/trades for schedule information.
Employment Insurance (EI) and Canada Apprentice Loan
Provincial program financial supports must be applied for online through the Apprentice Online Portal at http://www.apprenticeonline.gov.bc.ca/. Eligible welder apprentices should apply for these supports four to six weeks in advance of the start of their technical training.
The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada. As of January 2015. apprentice can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of in-school technical training. Funds can help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses. Information is available at the Canada Apprentice Loan Service Centre.
Faculty's website: kpu.ca/trades
Department's website: kpu.ca/trades/welding
The following admission requirements apply:
- Adequate reading comprehension and math skills as assessed by KPU
- Satisfactory physical health
- Completion of Level 'C' training or successful Level 'C' challenge though SkilledTradesBC
Accessibility Services (Accommodations): Students seeking accommodations for a disability should contact Accessibility Services to explore options to remove potential barriers to their learning experience. Prospective students and applicants are encouraged to reach out for support as early as possible as some services require advance planning. An Accessibility Advisor or Learning Specialist will review the course essential skills and abilities and determine what, if any, accommodations could support your education.
SkilledTradesBC requires students in the Welding Level B program to meet the following pre-requisites:
- Welder C Certificate of Qualification, or
- Welder Foundation Certificate of Completion + 1,000 work-based training hours (hours verified by SkilledTradesBC before Welder B registration accepted), or
- Welder Apprenticeship Levels 1 and 2 + 1,000 work-based training hours
Our welding program is based on British Columbia Provincial modular training and is consistent with all other training providers in BC. It is designed to combine welding theory and practical skills.
Hands-on shop experience is the basis on which skills are developed in the program. The program is designed to accommodate past experience; credit and/or advancement will be given to students who can demonstrate learned skills plus theoretical knowledge.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of B- in all required courses:
|WELD 2100||Shielded Metal Arc Pipe Welding||5|
|WELD 2110||Welding Standards and Testing||1|
|WELD 2130||Piping Drawings||1|
|WELD 2150||Alloy Metallurgy||1|
|Select at least one of the following:||2|
|Gas Metal Arc Alloy Welding|
|Advanced Flux Core Arc Welding|
|Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding|
Students will require appropriate personal safety clothing and CSA approved steel toed boots. Safety glasses, hearing protection, leather gloves, leather jacket or apron, welding helmet and cutting goggles are also required. A list of required tools, equipment or supplies will be provided by the instructor at the start of the program.
Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Citation in Welding Level 'B' and the Level 'B' training endorsement in their Log Book.
KPU will report your in-school technical training completion information to SkilledTradesBC in order for SkilledTradesBC to determine credit towards your designated apprenticeship.
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