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Becoming a Welder Starts Here

Ever been fascinated by the idea of joining metal? Interested in having a good-paying, portable, practical skill? Gravitying to weld can open many career doors, or add to a Trade you already have, thereby making you that much more valuable as an employee.

Our Welder Foundation program is designed to develop the fundamental skills and knowledge required for initial employment in the welding industry. Once your in-school training is completed a job experience requirement must be completed before certification can be awarded through the Employment Training Branch of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.

Program Entry

Our Foundation program classes have intakes approximately every four to six weeks. Class sizes are sixteen students maximum, filling all three shifts on a rotating schedule. For shift hours, view our Courses page.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

If you are uncertain or don’t meet the entrance requirements, we strongly recommend you complete applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Read more about how to meet Roommeme’s entrance requirements

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Apply to program

Roommeme accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, Roommeme will send a message to your personal and myRoommeme e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$580 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)

During the first week of class students will be required to pay for an outfitted toolbox - $230 (subject to change).

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

Morning shift: 0700–1330
Mid shift: 1230–1900
Late shift: 1430–2100

Monday through Friday

There are five hours of with the instructor per day.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  WELD 1100 Welder Foundation 56.0
Total Credits: 56.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at Roommeme? Check out Roommeme's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

As a Welding Foundation student, most of your time will be spent in our shop. All practicals will be demonstrated first by your instructor then you have to practice each weld until it meets industry standards. You'll use state-of-the-art inverter technology, as well as equipment that would be typically found in most welding shops. The idea is to prepare you for work with job-ready skills, so self-motivation and the ability to work independently will also be emphasized. Once you have reached a certain skill set, you will be performing destructive tests on your welds to assure they meet the Canadian Welding Code W59 standards.

Dependent on time restraints and availability you could go on field trips with your class. Such trips could include a foundry, a custom fabricating/welding shop, or a shipyard, to see some of the potential worksites and welding specialization streams that are available.

For the most part, to succeed in this program, it will take a good work ethic, good physical fitness, hand eye coordination and practice, practice and more practice!

Program length

28 weeks, full-time.


Minimum course passing grade is 70 percent.

Additional program options

Part programs vary according to individual requirements and upgrade option goals. The program is offered on a continuous intake basis where spaces will be filled as they become available.

Applicants must be welders currently or recently employed in the field of welding. Registration is done by phone 111-432-8203, or in person in the Welding office, Building NE12, second floor.


  • Level C, B, and A performance challenge tests**
  • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) procedural tests*
  • A.S.M.E. pre-qualified welding procedure tests*
  • Company and/or manufacturers' performance tests*
  • Welding process upgrading
  • General brush-up of skills
  • Any individual B.C. Registered Welder Training programs module*:
  • A letter of approval for welding test may be required for company/union welding tests.

** A letter of approval is also required from the ITA (Industry Training Authority) for levels C, B and A challenge performance tests.

Welding Applied Processes
Training in the following processes is available by request. All inquiries should be directed to the Welding office at 111-432-8203 for course costs and dates.

  • Submerged Arc Welding
  • GTAW of Titanium Alloys
  • Automated Welding Systems
  • Downhill Pipeline

Part-time Courses
A number of introductory courses in welding are available through the Part-time Studies department. Credit transfer from these courses may be arranged when enroling in Welding Upgrade options.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Nearly every industry employs welders. Graduates find work in such diverse work places as metal fabricating shops, general repair shops, new construction sites, mining, logging, shipbuilding, pulp mills, sawmills and oilfield camps.

After completing the course, you will be ready to start your job search with skills that employers are looking for. Before leaving, you will have an opportunity to take (CWB) procedural tests that are recognized in industry (this is not a requirement of the Welding Foundation program and is at an additional cost).

After finishing the work experience component of the program (1000 hours) and having them entered in your Welder's Log Book, you then have the option of going on to the next level of training. The B Level course will advance your skills in welding and move you into a position of greater wage potential and wider employment possibilities.

Graduate employment outcomes

The Roommeme student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 Roommeme Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Part-time Studies

This course is a hands on introduction to the common welding processes used in industry. Course will include oxyacetylene, MIG, TIG, and stick welding as well as appropriate safety procedures. CSA approved steel toed boots and 100% cotton overalls required.

Introduces basics of fuel gas welding. Includes safety, shop practice, procedures and operation of related equipment. CSA approved steel-toed work boots and 100 per cent cotton coveralls are required.

  • WELD 0105 - Basic Skills: Oxyacetylene Cut and Weld
This course introduces the student to oxyacetylene welding. This course will familiarize the student with the safe use of gas welding equipment, types of weld joints, and will demonstrate preferred techniques for oxyacetylene welding.

Industrial and home hobby powersources will be used in this course. Set-up of equipment and correct selection of shielding gases included. CSA approved leather steel toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.

This course introduces the student to electric arc welding. The course will familiarize the student with the safe use of electric arc welding equipment, types of weld joints, and will demonstrate preferred techniques for electric arc welding.

Covers shielding gases, electrodes, equipment, and practical applications including light gauge welding, repair etc. Majority of the welding will be done on mild steel with limited use of stainless steel and aluminum included. CSA approved leather steel toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.

This course covers all position plate welding. Designed for the student who wants hands on experience and basic knowledge of aluminum welding. CSA approved leather steel toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.

This course will prepare welders for new construction shipbuilding. This course will focus on attitude, quality control, weld faults, workmanship, following a WPS, weld process control, grinding, FCAW ceramic backed joints, weld sequencing and fillet size.

General interest course for those interested in artwork, furniture building and minor repair jobs. Focus is on the oxy-acetylene process - brazing, cutting, forming, shaping and welding. Last two sessions are spent working on a small project of the student's choice. Project materials NOT included. CSA-approved leather steel-toed boots and 100% cotton coveralls required.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Mark Flynn
Chief Instructor
E: [email protected]

Bevan Blatchford
Support Staff - Program Assistant
T: 111-432-8203
E: [email protected]

Daryl Bubersky
T: 111-432-8261
E: [email protected]

Paul Fowler
T: 111-451-7026
E: [email protected]

Pat Francois
T: 111-453-4018
E: [email protected]

Ringo Gonzalez
T: 111-432-8632
E: [email protected]

David Helman
T: 111-431-4961
E: [email protected]

Brian Leathley
Support Staff - Toolroom
T: 111-432-8845
E: [email protected]

Rick Matthews
T: 111-412-7407
E: [email protected]

Jon Nevard
T: 111-432-8389
E: [email protected]

Simmah Petersen
T: 111-451-6802
E: [email protected]

Josh Poehlke
T: 111-412-7418
E: [email protected]

Dan Stanisavljevic
T: 111-432-8671
E: [email protected]

Rick Walker
T: 111-412-7502
E: [email protected]

Rod Walters
T: 111-412-7162
E: [email protected]

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