About this Apprenticeship

  • Length:3 to 3.5 Years
  • Class Location:Welland Campus
  • Starts In:Fall
  • Credential:Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • School of:Trades

Apprentices complete 720 hours of college instruction which leads to approximately 4 years of on-the-job training as paid trainees.

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This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.



Please be advised that the curriculum you have selected is for a past or future term. The remaining information on this website is reflective of the most recent intake term, unless stated otherwise.

Term one (2018 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1823 Trade Practices 2
APPR1824 Applied Blueprint Reading 3
APPR1825 Welding Theory 2
APPR1826 Materials and Process Quality I 2
APPR1827 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
APPR1828 Gas Shielded Semi-Automatic Welding Practical I 3
APPR1829 Thermal Cutting 2
Term two (2019 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1833 Blueprint - Advanced 4
APPR1834 Fabrication I 3
APPR1835 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Practical 1
APPR1836 Machine Operation 2
APPR1837 Material and Process Quality II 2
APPR1838 Pattern and Template Development 2
Term three (2020 Year)
Code Course Name Credits
APPR1844 Fabrication II 6
APPR1845 Installation 2
APPR1846 Patterns and Templates Development II 3
APPR1847 Project Planning 1
APPR1848 Preparation for Shipping 1

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or Grade 12 equivalency, and
  • Employment in the trade

With this apprenticeship, you could be a...

  • Metal fabricator
  • Plater
  • Platework fitter
  • Shipfitter
  • Shipfitter apprentice
  • Structural steel fitter

Why Study at Niagara College?

  • Outstanding levels of student satisfaction
  • Highly experienced and supportive professors
  • State-of-the-art facilities for your practical experiences
  • Small class sizes where you will receive individual attention from the professors
  • Student support system which includes counselling and financial aid
  • More than 3 decades of apprenticeship in-school training experience

The facilities were a great opportunity for those who are already in the trades to improve their current skills with modern technology. The faculty were knowledgeable and supportive and the program gave me the opportunity to work during the day and study at night.

Vittali Guretskyi, Metal Fabricator (Fitter) graduate

The Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • The Province of Ontario is facing a large shortage of skilled labour.
  • A certified journeyperson earns a good wage.
  • Approximately 18 per cent of skilled workers are self-employed.
  • There is, and will continue to be, a demand for highly qualified, highly skilled tradespeople.
  • Majority of tuition for the in-school training is paid for by the .