Welders join pieces of metal by applying heat, using filler metal or fusion processes. They join parts being manufactured, build structures, repair damaged parts, and join structural steel and metal in vessels, piping and other components. Work is outdoors or indoors, and travel may be required to jobs in remote locations. Hazards in this trade include sparks, gases, hazardous fumes, burns, heavy lifting, repetitive stress and exposure to ultra-violet and infrared radiation.

Great hand-eye coordination.

Diverse work environments.

Comfortable with confined spaces & extreme temperatures.


  • Read blueprints and drawings and take or read measurements to plan layout and procedures.
  • Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment.
  • Weld components using manual or semi-automatic welding equipment in various positions (vertical, horizontal or overhead).
  • Repair machinery and other components by welding pieces and filling gaps.
  • Test and inspect welded surfaces and structure to discover flaws.
  • Maintain equipment in a condition that does not compromise safety.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Physical strength.
  • Physical endurance.
  • Hand-eye coordination.
  • Dexterity.
  • Steady hands.
  • Good vision.
  • Good mobility and flexibility.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Highschool or equivalent. Complete a three-to four year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $40-$41

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Welding has sometimes been described as an art rather than a craft, a description that many beginning and experienced welders alike would agree with. While welding requires a great deal of precision, there is also much room for creativity. Moreover, new methods and tools are continually being developed, which means that a welder will be able to constantly learn new tactics and work with different types of equipment.