If you enjoy building and have the patience to concentrate on detailed work, fuse your interests together and train for an in-demand career in the Welder – Wire Process Operator Apprenticeship program. You won’t be stuck behind a desk when you get involved in a Welder – Wire Process Operator Apprenticeship.

From outdoor construction sites to indoor jobs in production and repair shops, the Welder – Wire Process Operator Apprenticeship prepares you for it all, splitting your time between the job and the classroom. On the job, you’ll learn from a qualified welder, honing your craft on actual projects. In the classroom, you’ll develop essential theory and knowledge and use the latest industry equipment in our state-of-the-art shops.

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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



Welder: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/trades-in-alberta/profiles/012/

Welder - Wire Process Operator: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/trades-in-alberta/profiles/0121/

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different welding processes that students learn


the amount of time in your apprenticeship you’ll spend on the job learning from qualified welders


Credential / Accreditation

Certified 'Journeyman' Papers


3 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Academic requirements
  • Successful completion of English 10-2 and Math 10-3, or a pass mark in all Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests, or entrance exam.
  • English 30-2, Math 30-3, Physics 20 or Chemistry 20 or Science 20 and related career and technology studies recommended.

Please note: You must be a registered apprentice to apply for this program. Information on how to become a registered apprentice is available on the Alberta Government's website.

Additional information on apprenticeship and industry training is available on Alberta's Tradesecrets website.


You can apply for apprenticeship and industry training through MyTradesecrets.

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board

Provincial Building, Room 280
200 - 5th Avenue South
Lethbridge AB   T1J 4C7

Telephone: 1-800-248-4823
Outside of North America: 1-403-476-9757
Fax: 403-381-5795

Ask about the Alberta Apprenticeship Scholarship Program. You might discover you’re eligible for a financial award!

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Delivery Formats

The Welder – Wire Process Operator Apprenticeship program is an apprenticeship program delivered face-to-face on campus but may have some blended and hyflex components.


Apprenticeship programs require eight to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training. You’ll work with an employer and our experienced instructors to gain the best of both worlds as you work and earn money while training.


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.


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Apprenticeship programs require 8 to 12 weeks of classroom training each year in addition to on-the-job training.

Courses include:
  • Trade mathematics
  • Safety and tools
  • Pattern development and drawing interpretation
  • Trade science
  • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding), MCAW (Metal Cored Arc Welding), SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding).
  • Oxy-acetylene cutting and plasma cutting

View the full course outline for the Welder Apprenticeship.


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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

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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