Not an apprentice? Not a problem. Kick-start your career in the trades in the Pre-Employment Welder program. Designed for those who are not yet employed or apprenticed within the welding trade, the Pre-Employment Welder program provides the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship Welding curriculum.

Trades employers are reluctant to hire employees with no experience, but you can enhance your chances in the Pre-Employment Welder program. In this pre-employment program, you’ll prepare to write the first-year Alberta Apprenticeship theory and practical exams while obtaining various safety certificates. Upon successful completion, you’ll be ready to write the first-year apprenticeship exam.

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Career Opportunities

As a welder, you’ll find yourself in demand in a variety of capacities. When you complete your apprenticeship, you’ll be ready to work in:

  • vessel or structural steel assembly
  • commercial construction
  • steel fabrication
  • heavy equipment repair
  • pipeline construction
  • industrial construction

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upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Welder program you’ll be ready to write the First Period Welder Apprenticeship exam

Transfer

The Pre-Employment Welder program is designed to lead into the full Welder Apprenticeship program

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

September or January

Duration

12 weeks

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

Admissions

English 10-2 and Math 10-3 or Pass mark in all 5 Canadian G.E.D. Tests or pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Employment Welder program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.

Blended

This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

Hyflex

This program is offered both on-campus and online. Lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On-Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.

Courses

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Welder

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Welding program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Year Welding Apprenticeship theory and practical examinations.
  • be prepared to be employed within the welding industry in Alberta.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.
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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$4,995.00
$295.00
$125.00
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Notes

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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