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.Apply Now Grab and Go Information
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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60 welding booths
in the Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility
upon successful completion of the Pre-Employment Welder program you’ll be ready to write the First Period Welder Apprenticeship exam
The Pre-Employment Welder program is designed to lead into the full Welder Apprenticeship program
September or January
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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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The Pre-Employment Welder program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.
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.
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.
This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.
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.
Tuition and Fees
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.
“It’s every business owner’s responsibility to give back, to try to work in and with the community. We want to contribute to that transformation by enhancing the training of welders.”
“I enjoy the feeling of knowing that my work will be seen and admired for years to come. And I like knowing that one day my daughter and perhaps grandchildren may walk through the doors that I welded in place.”
“I came from working in the human service industry, and I just came to a place in my life where my kids were older and I wanted to do something where I could make a bit better money. I’d been taking various courses at the college for 30 years, so I knew I wanted to come here and I decided I wanted to try a trade but didn’t know which one. The advisor asked about welding, and I like to build things so I thought “ya!” So she sent me off on a job shadow at Charlton and Hill and I did the job shadow and thought “I think I might like this,” and that’s where it started.”