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Pre-Employment Welding

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
Welders join or sever metals in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components, make metal parts used in construction and manufacturing plants, and weld parts, tools, machines and equipment. The Pre-Employment Welding Certificate is in alignment with Welder, First Period curriculum outlined by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). This training includes: Flux core arc welding (FCAW) Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) Metal-cored arc welding (MCAW) Oxy-acetylene welding (OAW) Submerged arc welding (SAW) Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) This program includes: Basic joints, types of welds, welding symbols and weld faults, plus hands-on experience in safe work practices in shop and lab, hand tools and power tools, equipment setup, trades math, maintenance and troubleshooting. This is an intensive program offering about 1.5 times as much instruction as the regular apprenticeship program.

Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

  • Program Type Pre-Employment
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
Grade 10 English and Math or their equivalent (General Mechanic Grade 11 English and Math). Official transcript required for secondary and any post-secondary education. Students who do not meet these requirements may write the Alberta and Industry Training (AIT) apprentice entrance exam. Please contact the Department for further information. Adult status is available if you have been out of school for at least one year, but admission is not automatic. GPRC recommends a letter outlining your education, experience and reasons for seeking admission to some programs. Students will be required to read and interpret technical service manuals, as well as manipulate trade related math. Due to the popularity of some pre-employment programs, adult status applicants will be admitted on a merit basis. Preference will be granted to those with previous experience, involvement in activities related to the field, and references regarding your achievements and potential in the industry. A letter of research into the industry may be helpful. An interview to confirm your suitability for some programs may be required.

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Updated May 24, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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