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2 Year Basic/High Pressure Welding

Duration: 58 weeks (2 terms)

Registration: $50.00

Available: Sydney

Course Description

Overview

Basic/High Pressure Pipe Welding is a two year complete welding program that is designed to give students training in basic welding and then complete their education with training and certification in high pressure pipe welding.

In their first year of training successful students will be certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau for their certification in welding in the four positions. In their second year, students will train and test for their certification for high pressure pipe welding with the NS Department of Labour.

The program is designed to bring students to a level where they can confidently apply for some of the most available welding positions in Canada. The two year program provides students with two full blocks of apprenticeship recognition  by the  Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Board.

Click here for information on Basic Welding (1-yr) or High Pressure Pipe (1-yr)

Certification
Students enrolled in the High Pressure Pipe diploma program will be given the opportunity to test for their Nova Scotia High pressure pipe certification. There is no additional fee for testing within the program.

Apprenticeship
Graduates of the Combined Basic Welding and High Pressure Pipe Welding programs can be credited with the first two blocks of their Nova Scotia Welding Apprenticeship.

Facilities
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.

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.

Program Modules Year One
Workplace Mentoring
Safety, Tools and Equipment
Material Handling
Intro to Metallurgy/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

Program Modules Year Two
Workplace Mentoring
Safety, Tools and Equipment
Material Handling
Intro to Metallurgy/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

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

  • $50.00 registration fee

McKenzie College Site Information 

SMAW 5
GMAW yes
GTAW yes
Band Saws 2
Pipe Bevelers 2
Welding Miller XMT 350
Shop Floor 2500 sqf
CWB on site testing yes
Dept of Labour on site testing yes
Forklift Included yes

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are McKenzie College and the South Shore Career Training Centre recognized schools?

Yes. McKenzie College is approaching our 30 year anniversary as a Private Career College registered in the province of NS. Both colleges, like all institutions in NS, are registered under the Private Trade School Act. Our programs have been reviewed and meet the requirements of the Nova Scotia Dept of Labour and Advanced Education and the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council.

Q. How much seat time is given to students in the Tractor Trailer program?

Both colleges, provide students with a total of 53 hours of in-seat driving time. The minimum standard required by the province of NS is 40 hours of in-seat driving time. McKenzie College and the South Shore Career Training Centre offer the most in-seat driving time of any program offered in the province of Nova Scotia.

Q. Why is the program 15 weeks long?

The provincial standard for Class 1 driver training is 12 weeks, with a 4 week internship. Our program is three weeks longer, because we offer 13 hours more in-seat driving time than the minimum standard available at other driving schools. The extra three weeks also allows us to accommodate the extra seat time and for more flexible driver scheduling for students who may have to travel to attend the program.

Q. How do I get the experience required by the industry for employment?

McKenzie College and the South Shore Career Training Centre and all other driving schools in the province are required to offer a 4 week internship with a commercial carrier as part of the program. Top companies like Tom MacDonald Trucking, ADTS, Armour Transport, Eassons, Sysco, S&M Trucking and Scotsburn and more have all taken our students on 4 week internships and have hired many of our graduates over the last six years.

Q. Do I have to do the 4 week internship?

The 4 week internship is a required part of the course. More importantly, it is in the students benefit to complete the internship. Most companies are actively looking for drivers, and the internship is your chance to show your skills and their chance to “test drive” you as an employer. Our Tractor Trailer program has the equivalency of 2 years of driving experience in the view of industry insurers and industry stakeholders such as Trucking Human Resource Sector Council.