Entry Senior


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

Work Activities
Applying Health and Safety Principles 
Following safe work procedures.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Operating manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment, brazing and soldering equipment.
Operating manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plasma arc welding (PAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), resistance welding and submerged arc welding (SAW).
Operating metal shaping, straightening, and bending machines, such as brakes and shears.
Documenting and Recording Information 
Marking or tagging material with the proper job number, piece marks and other identifying marks as required.
Evaluating Information 
Determining the required equipment and welding methods, applying knowledge of metallurgy, geometry and welding techniques.
Handling and Moving Objects
Chipping or grinding off excess weld, slag, or spatter, using hand scrapers or power chippers, portable grinders, or arc-cutting equipment.
Clamping, holding, tack-welding, heat-bending, grinding or bolting component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
Cleaning or degreasing parts, using wire brushes, portable grinders, or chemical baths.
Connecting and turning regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.
Cutting, contouring and bevelling metal plates and structural shapes to dimensions as specified by blueprints, layouts, work orders, and templates, using powered saws, hand shears, or chipping knives.
Detecting faulty operation of equipment or defective materials and notify supervisors.
Filling holes, and increasing the size of metal parts.
Guiding and directing flames or electrodes on or across workpieces to straighten, bend, melt, or build up metal.
Igniting torches or starting power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
Operating metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines.
Preheating workpieces prior to welding or bending, using torches or heating furnaces.
Preparing all material surfaces to be welded, ensuring that there is no loose or thick scale, slag, rust, moisture, grease, or other foreign matter.
Removing rough spots from workpieces, using portable grinders, hand files, or scrapers.
Selecting and installing torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
Setting up and operating hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
Setting up and using ladders and scaffolding as necessary to complete work.
Welding separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment 
Operating safety equipment.
Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work
Analyzing engineering drawings, blueprints, specifications, sketches, work orders and material safety data sheets to plan layout, assembly and welding operations.
Judgment and Decision Making
Attention to Detail
Public Safety and Security
Operation Monitoring
Equipment Selection
Career Path
  • Supervisory positions
  • Welding Inspector
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How Can I Work in LNG?

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 Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Variable weather
    Variable weather
  • Relocation
  • Hazardous
    Hazardous Conditions
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Job Details

Job Category




Oil and gas services

Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • 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