$24,960 - $61,152



At a glance

A Welder joins or severs metal using oxyacetylene flame, electric arc or other welding processes. Whether you work indoors or outside, this job involves applying heat to melt and fuse metal pieces together. You might work on construction sites or in production and repair shops where you would be making, joining or repairing metal parts, tools, machines and equipment.

Career Video(s)

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Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • aerospace industry
  • boiler and heavy machinery manufacturers
  • construction site
  • metal fabrication shops
  • production or repair shops
  • transportation companies
  • transport equipment companies
  • welding shops

Other conditions : indoors, outdoors, work alone

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you could train to be a Welder!

  • Do you like working alone on projects that require patience?
  • Could you concentrate on detailed work?
  • Could you use precision tools and equipment?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Welder.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$39,312 - $61,152

Manitoba Prospects 2013


$29, 100/ $38, 200

For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/index.html

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017

Source: https://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards/doc,ici-wag...


Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/apprenticeship/index.html

Industrial Welder

Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 600 hours L2: 1, 600 hours L3: 1, 600 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 8 weeks Y2: 8weeks Y3: 8 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

7, 200 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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