Pipe Dreams Production Welding Program

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Program Overview

Pipe Dreams Production Welding is a 20-week vocational training program. It consists of 12-weeks of in-class theoretical and practical training as well as 8 weeks of on-the-job training. The focus of this vocational program will be welding skills development using the GMAW-SC and GMAW-SP processes on different thicknesses of carbon steel in a variety of positions. In addition to GMAW weld practical skills, students will learn engineered drawings (including weld symbols), and GMAW weld theory. They will also prepare for and complete a CWB weld skills test in the flat position.

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. 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.
  2. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed.
  3. Strong desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career goals.
  4. Senior level high school or equivalent.
  5. Willingness to complete academic upgrading in math and English prior to and during training.
  6. Commitment to full attendance and conduct expectations
  7. Willing to accept a 4-8-week work placement outside of city of residence.
  8. Willing to relocate for employment after completion of the program.
  9. Must demonstrate that you have researched welding labour market information
  10. G2 class 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 sponsored by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

Program Details


Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
Demonstrate the ability to read weld symbols
Demonstrate the ability to set-up and maintain GMAW equipment
Produce welds using GMAW-SP
Produce welds using GMAW-SC
Demonstrate the ability to prepare for the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) plate test

Deadline to Apply October 29, 2018
Starts November 9, 2018
Ends January 12, 2019
Duration Pre-Entry – Academic and essential skills assessment
12-weeks in-class training
8-week on-the-job training
Full days: 9:00AM – 4:00PM (in-class) with some evenings
Cost $13,000 – $15,000 tuition fee is 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

Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre – 16 Sunrise Court, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Work Site

To be determined

How to Apply

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

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