Let your inner artist shine and imagination run wild as you melt metal and learn to fix and fuse components in new ways.

Gain the skills needed for high-quality welding work. This comprehensive four-month program focuses on the safety, theory and practical aspects of oxyacetylene, shielded arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and special processes.

Channel your motivation under the guidance of our red seal certified welding instructors. Enter the program with little to no experience; leave the program with practical welding skills, as well as the safety, creative and interpersonal skills that make you desirable to employers. Learn how to interact with clients, coworkers and the industry, in general.

A three-week work practicum and general fabrication training are included in this hands-on program. Train in all aspects of welding, so you can be job-ready for a career in industries such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture and oil.

Register as an apprentice within two years of finishing the program, and you may receive credit for Level 1 in school technical training of Welder apprenticeship.

Please note, there is no planned intake for this program in the 2021-22 academic year. If you are interested in future offerings of this program, please let our Student Recruitment team know by emailing recruit@assiniboine.net


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See our ELP page for more information.

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.

Careers & Connections


Graduates can find employment in a variety of settings from manufacturing, construction and transportation.


Students who successfully complete the accredited program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Welder apprenticeship program.

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At-Home Computing

Programs at Assiniboine have certain technology requirements. Students require access to computer devices at home and may be required to bring these on campus when instructed. 

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

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Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Welder certificate, students must successfully complete 42 academic credits and 3 practical credits.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,400. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,000. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. 

Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Blueprint Reading for Welders (DRFT-0013)

In this course, students learn to recognize all the different parts of a blueprint related to welding. Student learn about welding symbols and the interpretation of them. Students complete sketching in isometric and oblique views.

2.25 credit(s) No No No
Communications (COMM-0260)

This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (WELD-0054)

WELD-0031 Shielded Metal Arc Welding, WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety, WELD-0053 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. This is a hands-on course in which students learn to weld butt joints, lap joints and tee joints in various positions, using steel, stainless and aluminum filler metals. Students learn how to safely set up machines, determine amperages and voltages and the use of the correct gases. The theory portion gives students the understanding of power sources, gases, tungstens and how they relate to different metals.

3 credit(s) No No No
Hand and Power Tools (WELD-0034)

Prerequisite: WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety
This course provides students with the knowledge to select the proper hand and power tool for the job. Safety for the hand and power tools used in the welding industry is highlighted in this course. This course consists of both theory and hands-on experience in the classroom and the shop, using a variety of hand and power tools that are common in the welding trade.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Math for Welders (MATH-0101)

Part of being a good welder is having good math skills. Students learn basic math skills including fractions and decimals, percentages and ratios, the Imperial and Metric systems, and geometric formulas. This course presents math skills the way welders use them.

3 credit(s) No No No
Metal Forming Machines (METL-0015)

Prerequisite: WELD-0031 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
The course deals with the safety precautions and principles of operating machines such as hydraulic shears, hydraulic brakes, ironworkers and power band saws. Students learn the skills and theory required to interpret drawings, layout, saw, shear, punch, bend, drill, shape, form, fit and assemble metal components.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Metallurgy For Welding (METL-0016)

In this course, students examine the basic metallurgical properties of steel and the changes that take place during cutting and welding operations. This course also covers basic properties of metals including manufacturing, heat treating, hardness testing, non-ferrous metals and alloys.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Orientation and Safety (WRKP-0032)

Corequisite: WELD-0051 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course focuses on shop safety, equipment safety and welding safety. Students learn about Apprenticeship and how it relates to the welding trade. Students gain knowledge in climbing, rigging and hoisting.

4.5 credit(s) No No No
Oxyacetylene Principles-WLDR (WELD-0053)

Corequisite: WRKP-0032 Orientation and Safety
Classroom lectures and shop demonstrations emphasize personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment and theory and operation of equipment components. This course includes a period of demonstration and instruction in practical gas welding as well as brazing of mild steel. Students will learn different welding positions as well as different welding joints. It also includes theory and demonstration of oxyacteylene cutting of mild steel.

2.25 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - WELD (PRAC-0242)

Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
Students spend approximately one month on the job to obtain experience in an industrial environment. Credit is subject to approval of the work experience by a designated faculty member. The student must submit evidence that the work has been successfully completed.

3 credit(s) No No No
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (WELD-0031)

Prerequisite: WELD-0053 Oxyacetylene Principles
This course focuses on basic shielded metal arc welding (SMAW-Arc) and consists of classroom instruction and shop demonstrations emphasizing personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. It includes demonstrations and instruction of flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions, as well as an explanation and demonstration of test procedures.

9 credit(s) No No No
Wire Feed Processes (WELD-0041)

Prerequisite: WELD-0031 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
This course focuses on basic gas metal arc welding (GMAW-MIG), flux core arc welding (FCAW) and metal core arc welding (MCAW). This course also consists of classroom instruction and shop demonstrations emphasizing personal and shop safety, proper handling and use of equipment, and theory and operation of equipment components. In addition, it introduces knowledge of the procedures used to deposit a weld bead using wire feed process equipment in various positions.

9 credit(s) No No No

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