The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with SAIT and Calgary Board of Education, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Welding Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two year program (three semesters) offered to Calgary Catholic District students.
When is the information session?
An information session will be held at the SAIT campus map for parents and students.
When: January 10, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Room location CB314 (located on the third floor of the Aldred building).
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Note: Option to tour the welding lab will be available after the session.
What is Dual-Credit Welding?
In the Dual-Credit Welding Program, high school students receive 260 hours of practical hands-on skill development in SAIT’s state-of-the-art welding labs and 117 hours of classroom instruction. The program involves comprehensive safety training, exposure to welding techniques and operation of welding machines. The program covers the content of all first-year welding apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules (ILMs).
What does a welder do?
A welder joins and severs metal in beams, girders, vessels, piping and other metal components. They make metal parts used in construction and manufacturing plants, and weld parts, tools, machines and equipment.
Welders use different welding processes and fillers depending on the type of metal, its size and shape and requirements for finished product strength. For typical welding projects, welders will: develop patterns or follow directions provided in layouts, blueprints and work orders; clean parts; check for defects and weld parts together.
Who may enrol in this two year program?
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must have or be currently enrolled in:
- HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- Math 10C or Math 10-3
- English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2
- An understanding that this program is a two year commitment (three semesters)
- Attendance is a high priority in this program
Note: 14 students are accepted in this dual-credit program in collaboration with CBE.
How do students earn a SAIT Dual-Credit Welding Certificate while in high school?Students complete their High School Diploma requirements using SAIT welding courses as CTS Credits. This program has been designed to fulfill requirements of Alberta Education, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, and the SAIT Dual-Credit Welding Program.
Are there any special program requirements?
No, there are no special requirements. Students will receive 260 hours of practical hands-on skill development as part of the course. Interested students are also eligible to challenge the Alberta apprenticeship exam for first-year apprenticeship welder at the completion of the program.
Who will teach the courses?
SAIT journeyperson welding instructors will deliver the program on SAIT campus. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students will access course content online through Brightspace (D2L) and SAIT campus. Courses are delivered at the SAIT main campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
How do students get to SAIT?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT. LRT access takes students right onto campus. Parking is also available at a cost to the student.
Is there a cost to the program?
This program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. Students are responsible for the purchase of welding apprenticeship Individual Learning Modules (ILMs) and Protective Equipment. Cost of the Pre-Employment Welding Program after high school is $4,400.
How do I apply?What does the course load look like?
Students apply at their high school through their counselor, career practitioner or off-campus teacher. Submit completed application by Friday, January 19, 2018.
The program consists of three semesters beginning in a student’s Grade 11 year.
Prior to beginning the course students should:
Participants must be at least 15 years of age upon beginning the program.
- Attend Parent & Student Information Session
- Complete the CCSD application form
- Complete HCS3000 (1 credit online CTS course)
Grade 11 (5 credits) Semester 2
- Apprenticeship safety
- Tools and equipment
- Mild steel welds
(5 credits) Semester 1
- Gases and maintenance
- Electricity and metals
- Weld faults
- FCAW and MCAW on mild steel
- Oxy-fuel and plasma arc
(5 credits) Semester 2
What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
- Mild steel pipe welds
- Aluminum and SAW
- Symbols and drawings
- Welding Math-1
Successful graduates of the program will earn:
What is a possible trades career pathway?
- 15 high school (CTS) credits
- A SAIT Certificate of Completion in Dual-Credit Welding
- Eligibility to challenge the Alberta Apprenticeship exam for first year apprenticeship welder.
- This dual-credit program prepares students to enter the workforce with their first year of technical training to prepare them for a job as an apprentice welder
An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education program that combines work experience and on-the-job technical training.
To become a journey-person:
- Students must find an employer willing to hire him/her as an apprentice.
- You and your employer must register with Alberta Apprentice and Industry Training Board. At that time they will recognize your completion of your first year of technical training at SAIT.
- Upon completion of 1,360 hours of work experience with your employer, you will receive credit for your first year apprenticeship.
- You will continue your second and third years as a regular welder apprentice and will be required to complete eight weeks of technical training and 1,360 hours of work experience per period.
- At the end of your apprenticeship you will write the Alberta journey-person Certificate exam to become a certified journey-person and challenge for your Red Seal designation.