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Welders and Related Machine Operators

Other titles : metal straightener and heater, welder operator, welder-assembler, welding lay-out man/woman


Description :

Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This unit group also includes machine operators who operate previously set up production welding, brazing and soldering equipment. They are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed.

Main duties :

  • read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications;
  • operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes;
  • operate metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines;
  • repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers.
  • welders may specialize in different types of welding in different fields such as custom manufacturing, building and repairing ships, pressured contains, pipelines and structural frames building, aerospatial precision welding equipment and machinery fixing.
  • Outaouais
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Côte-Nord
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Centre-du-Québec



  • Welding and Fitting (DVS) (Ddfdg
  • High-Pressure Welding (AVS)


Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Welding and Fitting  

Program length : 2 years

Program Objectives

To acquire the qualifications needed to get into the labour market; to acquire the qualifications needed to interpret plans, specifications and procedures; to acquire the qualifications needed to prepare and weld steel, stainless steel and aluminum parts according to different processes: SMAW, CTAW, GMAW, FCAW; to acquire the qualifications needed to carry out, modify and repair assemblies; to apply occupational health and safety rules; to control the quality of products built.  

Where this program is available



Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS)

High-Pressure Welding  

Program length: less than a year

Program Objectives

To develop in the students the competencies required to integrate harmoniously in to the school and work environments, to perform tasks prerequisite to high-pressure welding, to understand the concepts and principles essential to the trade, to make use of information contained in drawings of pressure vessels, to apply the different processes used to weld pressure pipes, to apply the torch brazing process used on pressure pipes and to weld and repair pressure vessels.

 Where this program is available



Admission requirements for an AVS

To enroll in an AVS program, a DVS or equivalent experience in a related field is required. The AVS is issued upon the successful completion of a program that upgrades skills or provides specialization in a particular trade or occupation.



Other training

Occupation targeted under the Workplace Apprenticeship Program.

This program was created by Commission des partenaires du marché du travail and Emploi-Québec in partnership with sector-based labor force committees.

It supports workplace apprenticeship and skill recognition programs.

Training and skill evaluation are under the supervision of an experienced worker. Once the apprenticeship is finished and skills are mastered by the apprentice, a certificate of qualification is issued and recorded in a government registry.

For more information on the Workplace Apprenticeship Program, see the Emploi-Québec website