About This Career
Welders fuse metal parts together - a vital function when it comes to oil and gas-related construction, operations or maintenance projects.
Welders work with tools such as blow torches and hand-welding and flame-cutting equipment to join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products. They may be required to use advanced digital tools for some high precision work.
Safety is a significant part of the job as working with heat and open flames can present hazards. Additionally, much depends on the quality of welding. A poor weld can present a significant safety and/or environmental issue. To ensure the quality of a weld, Welders often check it via x-ray, pressure-testing and other methods.
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) is typically required. Certified welders can build on their qualifications and capabilities for more advanced welding.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands and oil and gas services of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: B Pressure Welder, Welder Apprentice, Welder Foreman, Brazing Machine Operator, Electric Arc Welder, Laser Welding Operator, Production Welder, Spot Welder
- Supervisory positions
- Welding Inspector
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play
a key role in:
- Off-site fabrication
- LNG export facility construction
- Natural gas pipeline construction
- Turnaround maintenance
When LNG takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Paper manufacturing
- Utilities, including renewable energy
- Wood product manufacturing
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)
- Completion of a three- to five-year apprenticeship program is required to become a certified tradesperson. Another route into apprenticeship training is a pre-apprenticeship foundation program.
- Certified welders can build on their qualifications and capabilities for more advanced welding.
- The Red Seal endorsement is the interprovincial standard of excellence, and is available to tradespersons upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Confined space entry
- Fall protection