Working with temperatures between 5,000F and 50,000F, welders have the skills & knowledge to successfully build and repair any type of metal using a variety of processes. There is plenty of room for opportunity and skill building with this trade.

You strive for perfection.

You have a steady hand.

You like to see a project from start to finish.


  • Melt and fuse metals
  • Join piping & metal structures in a range of construction & manufacturing industries
  • Use various welding machines & basic tools
  • Read and interpret blueprints & weld symbols

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Manual dexterity
  • Good physical fitness
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Patience, creativity & ability to focus

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

If you don’t have Grade 12, contact Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to have your academic qualifications assessed.

Apprenticeship Program:
Approximately 3 years, includes Safety, UA Local Apprenticeship and Provincial Apprenticeship training, as well as 270 hours of technical training and 1,530 hours of on-the-job training each year. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

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Hourly Pay

Contact the local union for more information on hourly pay, benefits, pensions and more.

Projected Retirement

8,700 + 
Projected construction worker retirements in the next decade

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Welders need to have knowledge of specialized welding techniques used for the various metal alloys they will work with.