Pipe Dreams Pre-Apprenticeship Welding Program

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Program Overview

Course Overview

Participants will study the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Intro to welding and cutting processes
  • Shielded metal arc welding – flat applications
  • Computer applications
  • Essentials of workplace communication
  • Weld applications – horizontal and vertical
  • Weld quality
  • Mechanical repair technologies
  • Intro to gas metal arc welding

Program Highlights

A student graduating from the Pipe Dreams program can seek entry-level employment as an apprentice welder in a variety of fields including; boilermaker, production welder, maintenance welder, millwright, aerospace welder, fitter welder, collision repair welder, pipeline welder.

In Ontario, the completion of an apprenticeship could take approximately three years (5,280 hours) including three periods in-school theory (Level 1: 10 weeks, Level 2: 6 weeks, Level 3: 8 weeks). Upon completion of the training agreement, participants will receive a Certification of Apprenticeship.

While graduates will see entry-level salaries in the low to mid $30,000 range, certification and experience could lead to wages of $45,000 – $75,000 per year. Unionized welders could make even more.

*Please note that prior to commencing an apprenticeship, students must register with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.


  1. Senior level high school or equivalent.
  2. Willingness to complete academic upgrading prior to the start of training and during training.
  3. Meet the minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements:
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).
    4. 18 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection.
    5. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed.
  4. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed.
  5. Strong desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career goals.
  6. Commitment to full attendance
  7. Willing to accept an 8-week work placement outside of city of residence.
  8. Willing to relocate for employment after completion of the program.
  9. G2 driver’s license strongly encouraged

*Please note that all applicants will be required to take an essential skills and academic assessment to determine their suitability for this program.

Program Partners

The Pipe Dreams Welding Program is offered in partnership with Niagara College with the participation of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

Program Details


Welding tickets achievable:
CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau)
SMAW (Shielded metal arc welding) - Manual
GMAW (Gas metal arc welding) – Semi-auto
Various applications
Vertical up

Deadline to Apply October 30, 2018
Duration Pre-Entry – Academic and essential skills assessment
13-week in-class training from May 22nd – August 3rd, 2018
8-week on-the-job training from August 5th – September 28th, 2018

Full days: 9:00AM – 4:00PM (in-class) with some evenings
Cost $13,000 – $15,000 tuition fee is 100% covered by NPAAMB for eligible clients.
Program Supports
  • Accommodations (for out of town client’s only)
  • Mileage (based off of NPAAMB policy and individual assessment)
  • Bus pass (for local travel) and PPE (safety equipment)
  • Earn up to $300 per week

*Please note that NPAAMB training supports available will be reviewed on an individual basis. As well, any or all program supports will require a T4A to be issued by NPAAMB to the participants for income tax declaration purposes as required by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Class Site

Training is located at Niagara College’s Welland Campus within its state-of-the-art weld shop and fabrication lab, which is an accredited CWB and TSSA Test Centre Facility.

How to Apply

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer and schedule your intake appointment.


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