(NOC 7237)


People in this occupation usually require secondary school education. Many recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.

To gain trade certification, welders usually must complete a three-year apprenticeship program or have a combination of over three years' experience and some college or industry courses in welding.

Trade certification for welders is compulsory in Alberta. It is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Qualified welders may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification which provides job mobility throughout the country.

Welding, brazing and soldering machine operators usually require several months' on-the-job training and may require experience as machine operator helpers.

Degrees Associated with This Career

High School Diploma

Useful Experience/Skills

Precision work
Safety procedures
Production schedules

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Industrial Arts (Metalworking)

Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Welding and Fabrication Techniques Certificate; Co-op
Welding and Fabrication Techniques (Weekends) Certificate
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mechanical Technician - Welder-Fitter Certificate
Mechanical Techniques - Welder-Fitter Diploma
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Red Deer College
Red Deer, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Welder Certificate; Apprenticeship
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Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Welding Engineering Technology - Inspection Diploma; Advanced
Welding Engineering Technology - Inspection Diploma; Co-op; Advanced
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Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo, British Columbia, CA

Related Program(s):
Welding Certificate; Apprenticeship
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Modified on February 04, 2020