Welding is the trade you want to be in, especially in Canada. Not only is the skill in high demand, but highly qualified welders cannot be easily replaced. At a national level there are upcoming projects that will heavily rely on welding and large fabrication, and meeting the welder demands for these projects over the next few years should prove to be a challenge.
A skilled welder is classified by the level of training they’ve received; obtained at trade school, or through a union program or possibly a college or university. Those who take part in a qualified program/course can expect to receive proper training to acquire the technical and technique they need to be classified a skilled welder. However, different courses and programs may deliver content in a different way. As for how a welder’s skill is measured, they need to take part in practical testing. An example of this is the CWB (The Canadian Welding Bureau) Welder Qualification.
Let’s consider pipeline operations, commercial buildings or marine. On the welding topic, the commonalities are that there’s a lot of metal in the structure, and a welder played some sort of role in joining that structure.
If you are familiar with what’s been going on with the pipelines then you probably know that issues of weld quality are constantly discussed as well as inspected. They are tied with testing and education. In other words, big projects need welders, but not just any welders, as they call for ones that do the job properly.
The age of the average welder in Canada is 50-years-old or older. Almost 70% of them have completed college or a trade school. This trade has a great future, and if you are considering becoming a welder, then you will want to look into the best, quality training. Being a welder is hard work, but the work can be very stable, rewarding and creative.
All Central Machine & Marine welders are certified through ASME Section VIII, Div. 1, B31.1 and B31.3 for carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel. Our registered quality control programs also include ANSI/NB-23 and CSA B51.