Welding (Day Course)
Welders permanently join pieces of metal together by applying heat, using the filler metal or fusion process. In this program, trainees will learn how to cut steel, and join beams and steel plates together. Participants will also learn how to use torch, fabricate frames and repair machines. Upon completion of the program, trainees will be tested and evaluated by a Canadian Welding Bureau inspector. The test plates are then taken to a lab for further evaluation to determine a passing grade. Members who pass the test will be given a certification card from the Canadian Welding Bureau.
Welders require attributes such as good mechanical ability, manual dexterity, good vision, excellent hand-eye coordination, and the ability to concentrate in detail on work as part of a team. They also require the ability to work quickly and accurately, visualize a finished product, reason logically and understand metallurgy. Occupational hazards in this trade include sparks, gases, hazardous fumes, burns, heavy lifting, exposure to ultra-violet light and infra-red rays, working at heights, working in confined spaces, and in trenches. With experience, welders may advance to positions such as Welding Inspector, Lead Hand, or Welding Supervisor.