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Basic Welding


Course Details

Duration: 30 weeks

Registration: $50.00


Available in: Sydney

Course Description

There is a huge demand for qualified welders in Canada. Welders are presently needed across the country, from the oil industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan to hydroelectric development in Newfoundland to the shipbuilding in Nova Scotia. According to the Canadian Welding Association, “A huge number of our current members are retiring or will be, soon.”

All McKenzie College Welding programs follow the Interprovincial Program Guide for welding. We have fully implemented the Level One objectives of the Apprenticeship Curriculum Standard, plus additional instruction to develop each student to the level that they are employable in the field. Canadian Welding Bureau testing is included in the program to provide students with industry-recognized certification.

Basic Welding is designed to develop first year apprentice welders and provide them with marketable skills to begin a career as a welding apprentice.

Career Opportunities
Welding is in such demand that the Government of Canada is encouraging immigrants with welding skills to emigrate to Canada. Welders and Related Machine Operators are on the list of 29 eligible occupations under the Federal Skilled Worker program.

In the United States, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that welders have a bright job outlook in coming years, projecting a 15 percent growth rate in the number of welder positions between 2010 and 2020. That is slightly higher than the average rate for all occupations

McKenzie College operates a state of the art new welding facility in the  Sydport Industrial park in Edwardsville, across the harbour from downtown Sydney. Students enjoy the use of individual custom welding booths and new Miller XMT350 welding stations. The spacious and properly ventilated facility provides the space and student safety needed to properly train students.

Included in our program is the opportunity to test for eight Canadian Welding Bureau certificates. Students do not need to pay for welding certificates seperately from their tuition.

McKenzie College Basic Welding graduates who enrol in the NS Apprenticeship program will be credited with the first block of the 4-block apprenticeship program.

Program Modules

  • Workplace Mentoring
  • Safety, Tools and Equipment
  • Material Handling
  • Intro to Metalurgy/Welding
  • Welding One SMAW
  • Welding Two GMAW/FCAW
  • Drawings and Blueprint
  • Layout and Fitting
  • Welding Math
  • Cutting and Gouging
  • Quality Control
  • Welding Three SMAW
  • Welding Four GMAW
  • Welding Exam

Entrance Requirements
Applicants must possess a minimum high school diploma, mature student status, or equivalent. Available in the Sydney Campus only.

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