Certificate of Qualification 456A
"Welding provides me with many opportunities, and is always in-demand."
A Welder permanently joins pieces of metal or manufactured parts using metal filler and heat and/or pressure; builds structures and repairs broken or cracked parts according to specifications; and carries out special processes, such as welding studs and brazing.
What makes Welders different compared to other skilled trades?
Welding is a trade on its own, but can also be an asset in various other skilled trades. Welders are in-demand and can specialize in the types of materials they weld, environments they work in, and the types of welds they can perform.
Below are three types of the most common welding processes so you can have an idea of the skill involved in this trade.
Types of Welding
Arc Welding, also known as stick welding, is the oldest form of welding. In addition, it is known as the most cost efficient type of welding, due to using fewer materials, efficient use of equipment and materials, and easy-to-learn nature. However, this skill requires dedication to properly master the craft and be an efficient welder. Constant practice, keen focus, and a high attention to detail are needed to produce consistent and sturdy welds.
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, or Gas metal arc (GMAW) welding, is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable MIG wire electrode and the workpiece metal, heating the metal work surface and causing the pieces to fuse. This type of weld is more expensive due to the martials and equipment needed, but overall produces very consistent and accurate welds.
TIG welding, or tungsten inert gas welding, is the most versatile welding technique, producing the highest quality of welds of the three methods mentioned here. TIG welding is often used for large scale and complex project which requires a high level of control. Despite the complicated nature of this technique, it is better for thinner materials and offers neater welds with minimal finishing required.
Entrance requirements for Welding varies depending on which path you choose. For specific details, click on the specific trade you want to explore below.
Key Skills & Attributes
Strong communication skills
Problem-solving and planning
Reading and numeracy skills
Good physical condition and strength
Welding is performed in a variety of skilled trades, including (but not limiting) Ironworker, Electrician, Boilermaker, as well as various Pipe Trades. In addition, specialized types of Welders can demand high wages.
Journeyperson Wage Rate:
Wages can range anywhere from
6000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week sessions of in-class technical training
Lay out, cut, and form metals to specifications
Fit sub-assemblies and assemblies together
Prepare assemblies for welding
Use three major types of welding: arc, gas, and resistance
Use various welding and cutting processes to join structural steel and cut metal in vessels, piping and other components
Fabricate parts, tools, machines and equipment
Join parts being manufactured
Build structures and repair damaged or worn parts
Control for quality before, during and after welding
Heavy Industrial Construction, Institutional and Commercial Construction, Engineering Construction, Fisheries, Transportation & Warehousing
Did you know?
Extremely skilled welders, particularly those who are willing to travel, or those who are not afraid to work in hazardous conditions, can get high-paying jobs. Examples include underwater welding, ship repair, military support, pipeline installation and motorsports.