What to Expect
The Welder program follows the current Alberta Apprenticeship Course Outline (pdf) to ensure all students are provided with appropriate training experiences to successfully pass their apprenticeship examinations.
A large portion of time is spent developing the hand skills required to properly perform welding and cutting operations. Special emphasis is placed on safety.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average
- 30 hours per week attending classes
Welder apprentices train in the Waiward Centre for Steel Technologies at Souch Campus, 7110 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton. This world-class facility has the capacity to train over 2,100 apprentices each year.
Is This Program For You?
Welder work is most rewarding for those who enjoy building things and working with little direction or supervision. To be successful in the trade, welders need
- manual dexterity
- good vision (glasses are acceptable)
- eye-hand coordination
- the ability to concentrate on detailed work
The School of Skilled Trades wants our first-year students to become confident in their abilities, get connected to NAIT through groups, peers and staff, be supported personally and academically, get motivated to complete their program and most importantly enjoy the learning environment here at NAIT.
Being an apprentice student is quite different from being a full-time student. Apprentices are in school for short periods of time and some programs are on satellite campuses. Our goal is to improve communication with apprentices on all campuses to ensure you have access to all the services we have to offer at NAIT for you to be successful.
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- Apprenticeship Information
- Frequently asked questions about NAIT apprenticeship
- Frequently asked questions about the apprenticeship process
Women in Technology and Trades
The Welder program is supported by Women in Technology and Trades (WITT), an offering of NAIT Student Engagement. The goal of WITT is to ensure that all female students are aware of and prepared for the career opportunities that are available to them in diverse technical fields. Throughout the year, WITT provides networking events, lunch and learns, mentorship opportunities and support services that are available to women in technology and trades programs at NAIT.