About this Apprenticeship

  • Length:3 to 3.5 Years
  • Class Location:Welland Campus
  • Starts In:Fall
  • Credential:Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • School of:Trades

Apprentices complete 720 hours of college instruction, which leads to approximately 4 years of on-the-job training as paid trainees.

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This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.



Please be advised that the curriculum you have selected is for a past or future term. The remaining information on this website is reflective of the most recent intake term, unless stated otherwise.

Term one (2018 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1823 Trade Practices 2
APPR1824 Applied Blueprint Reading 3
APPR1825 Welding Theory 2
APPR1826 Materials and Process Quality I 2
APPR1827 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
APPR1828 Gas Shielded Semi-Automatic Welding Practical I 3
APPR1829 Thermal Cutting 2
Term two (2019 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1851 Blueprint Reading, Fitting 2
APPR1852 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Practical I 2
APPR1853 Semi-Automatic Welding Practical II 2
APPR1854 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Practical II 4
APPR1855 Welding Theory II 1
Term three (2020 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1862 Automatic and Semi-Automatic Processes 2
APPR1863 Fitting 6
APPR1864 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Practicum II,Plasma Arc Welding 3
APPR1865 Quality 2
APPR1866 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Practical III 3

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or Grade 12 equivalency, and
  • Employment in the trade

With this apprenticeship, you could be a...

  • Aviation welding technician
  • Electric arc welder
  • Gas shielded arc welder
  • Spot welder
  • Pressure vessel welder
  • Brasing machine setter/operator
  • Soldering machine operator
  • Production worker

Why Study at Niagara College?

  • Apprentices complete 720 hours of college instruction and approximately 4 years of on-the-job training as paid trainees
  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction
  • Highly experienced and supportive professors
  • State-of-the-art facilities for your practical experiences
  • Small class sizes where you will receive individual attention from the professors
  • Student support system which includes counseling and financial aid
  • More than 3 decades of apprenticeship in-school training experience

In Canada, welding represents about 75,000 jobs at the technician and welding operator level. By including occupations where welding is either a specialized skill or an integral part of the operation, as well as occupations associated with the welding process such as design engineers and managers, the welding-related workforce in Canada is in the range of 300,000.

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The Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • The Province of Ontario is facing a large shortage of skilled labour.
  • A certified journeyperson earns a good wage.
  • Approximately 18 per cent of skilled workers are self-employed.
  • There is, and will continue to be, a demand for highly qualified, highly skilled tradespeople.
  • Majority of tuition for the in-school training is paid for by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.