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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.
Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.
Steel and steel alloys are all around us in our world. Welders are a key component of cutting assembling and fabricating of many steel structures such as pipelines to agriculture/power/transport equipment to building piles to specialty ornate and artistic pieces.
Here at NAIT, we pride ourselves on delivering the training necessary to safely develop the skills to properly function and advance in the trade of welding. These skills will range from learning the technology involved behind the various welding processes used today, reading and interpreting drawings, following welding procedures and studying the science of metals in the form of basic metallurgy.
Through the completion of introductory courses to apprenticeship training or advancing skills like a journeyman upgrade to b pressure course. NAIT students will have the skills required to enter into a long and vibrant career.
Welding instructors also teach knife-making courses through NAIT Continuing Education
If you enjoy building things, working with your hands and work best with little direction or supervision, then you will enjoy working as a welder.
Welders work in a wide variety of work environments, both indoors and outdoors, depending on the job requirements. You will often work on construction sites or at production, fabrication and repair shops. Travel can be required, especially when doing oilfield-related welding projects.
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As a welder, you will often find yourself working closely with other tradespeople, especially on construction jobs or tasks that involve heavy metal, manufacturing and fabrication. Work for a welder can fluctuate with seasonal and economic changes.
Welders are employed in a wide variety of industries, including commercial construction, heavy equipment repair, industrial or pipeline construction, steel fabrication and vessel or structural steel assembly.
Once you have obtained enough on-the-job experience, some welders may advance to become a welding inspector, welding supervisor or plant supervisor.
You could also open your own repair shop or work as a portable rig welder by contracting out your services.
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The distance learning option is an alternative method of acquiring the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for all 3 periods of technical apprenticeship training for the Welder trade and for the Wire Process Operator trade.
This method of training allows the student to stay on the job working while completing their studies at home following a structured study and exam guide. Each apprentice signs an agreement for a maximum 6-month period for each apprenticeship year. A training period may even be completed sooner if the student is motivated. Students must maintain passing grades to be eligible to register in the distance learning program for the next year of training.
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The Welder program will teach you to join or sever metals in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components
The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.
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Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.
Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.
We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.
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The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.
If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.
There are many different ways to experience a NAIT education, from full-time diploma programs and apprenticeships to part-time degrees. Let us help you choose what's right for you.
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