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Advanced Welding Technology

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The Advanced Welding Technology diploma goes beyond the Alberta Welder Apprenticeship training. It combines advanced technical knowledge, welding skills, and exposure to modern technologies to give a graduate the competitive edge into a career in welding. From skills in fabrication to product innovation and inspection methods, you will gain foundational skills that are in-demand by industry. This two-year program is a direct pathway into apprenticeship trades training at NAIT without having to first be a registered apprentice. In addition, it teaches the knowledge required to be a leader in the industry.

Thanks to the growth of environmental industries, ongoing infrastructure repair and the increasing rate of retirement among existing welders, there are many career paths in this industry for graduates to explore!

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Souch

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Souch Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

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Median Starting Salary

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

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Industry-approved welding training

Students will not only master welding skills but be exposed to technologies that emerge in the welding industry. A student will also learn career essential skills that are in high demand by industry employers. Learning outcomes for this program include being able to:

  • Identify safety hazards and comply with legislation
  • Operate and maintain welding equipment. To perform welds using processes such as shielded metal arc, gas tungsten, and wire feed processes including gas metal arc, flux core, and metal core
  • Perform various thermal cutting processes
  • Demonstrate and analyze product creation and efficiencies
  • Identify and describe metals and their properties
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communications skills appropriate for the industry

The program content and structure aligns with Alberta Credential Framework expectations. This 2-year diploma program provides you with immediate opportunities for employment in the field of welding. 

Hear from our Advanced Welding students

“[My favourite part of the program is] the classes in the shop, hands down. This is the place where we applied the theory part given by our instructors during the lectures. In the shop, each student has an assigned space with a top-notch welding machine and tools which allow us to explore more deeply some welding techniques and improve our experience as a student.”

Carlos Rojas, Advanced Welding Technology International Student from Chile

"I would recommend the AWT program because of its slower and more detail-oriented approach to the schooling portion of the apprenticeship program provided to welders in Canada. We are given nearly double the amount of time both in class and in the shop to create a foundation to base all of our future skills in the trade.”

Jerrod Chute, Advanced Welding Technology Student

Welding careers

The welding industry is dynamic, and demand for employees who understand emerging technologies and evolving processes is high! 

As a graduate, you can become employed in fields such as metal fabrication, chemical processing, mining, construction, pulp and paper, manufacturing and specialty processes operators. Specialization within the welding industry may also lead to entrepreneurial or self-employment opportunities as a business owner, mobile welder, welding specialist and more.

Graduates of the diploma program are eligible to further their education with the following programs:

Steps to a career for International Students

This program is available to international students as a pathway to apprenticeship.

Pathways to a trades career for international students  at NAIT

International applicants should please note the following:

  • Students in this program may qualify to work while studying.
  • Graduates of this program may qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • Graduates holding a Post-Graduation Work Permit may qualify to register as an apprentice, upon meeting all of AIT’s eligibility requirements. Registering as an apprentice with Alberta Industry Training (AIT) is a requirement to work in this industry in Alberta. Learn more about who can register as an apprentice.
  • Prospective international applicants should connect with our international recruitment team to learn about their study options and how to apply.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.


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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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