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Apprenticeship In-school Curriculum Standards:

Metal Fabricator (Fitter) and Welder, Level 1

This new common core curriculum standard for the Welder/Metal Fabricator Trade was designed by the Welder/Metal Fabricator Curriculum Development Committee to meet the General Performance Objectives and Performance Objectives in the Industry-approved Welder/Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Training Standards. The Welder/Metal Fabricator Project Steering Committee validated this project. Note that Level 1 is common to both trades but each trade has its individual Curriculum Standard for Levels 2 and 3.

The Curriculum Standard is organized into three levels of in-school-training, each including reportable subjects containing like or similar learning outcomes to reflect the units of the Training Standard. The hours chart indicates how the Curriculum can be delivered in the block-release format and summarizes the hours of training for each reportable subject by level. Since all reportable subjects are divisible by three they can be adapted to accommodate a more flexible training delivery.

Reportable subjects are cross-referenced to the Training Standard for ease of comparison.

Additional learning outcomes, fundamental for learning this trade, have been added to those found in the Training Standard. Safety has been stressed throughout to provide the apprentices the ability to work safely and to assist employers in maintaining accident-free workplaces.

Each reportable subject and learning outcome identifies a recommended number of training hours, broken into hours for theory training and hours for practical applications. The division of the Curriculum into reportable subjects that follow a natural progression of learning throughout the three levels will allow training providers and apprentices flexibility in program delivery while still observing the importance of sequencing learning in a logical progression.

The Curriculum Standard focuses on the in-school training of apprentices to acquire the theoretical knowledge required to master the performance objectives of the Training Standard. Employers are expected to expand the apprentice’s knowledge and skills through appropriate training at the workplace.

Regular evaluations and testing of the apprentice’s knowledge and skills are to be conducted throughout training to assure that all apprentices have achieved the learning outcomes identified in the Curriculum Standard.

Welder Program Outline

Workplace Training (3 to 4 Years)
You will spend most of your time training in the workplace.

You will apply those basic skills you learned in school, on the job.

• 80-90% of training is in the workplace
• Flexible on-the-job training, allowing your apprentices to focus on your business’ welding needs
• 10-20% of time is in-school training

In-School Training: Stratford Northwestern Secondary School – Room 109

During your apprenticeship, you will take the three levels of in-school sessions shown below:

Level 1: (300 hours in classroom)
• Shop Practices
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical 1
• Semi-Automatic Welding Practical 1
• Thermal Cutting: oxy-fuel gas, plasma arc,
air carbon arc
• Welding Theory
• Blueprint Reading

Level 2: (180 hours in classroom)
• Fitting Basic
• Welding Quality
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical 2
• Semi-Automatic Welding Practical 2
• Welding Theory 2
• Blueprint Reading
• Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1

Level 3: (240 hours in classroom)
• Fitting Intermediate (NEW)
• Welding Quality
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical 3
• Automatic and Semi-Automatic Processes
• Plasma Arc Welding
• Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2