Welders and related machine operators

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Overview

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.
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Apprenticeships  can lead to the following trades included in this occupation group.
This table lists the apprenticeship programs related to trades included in this occupation, the trade codes, and whether the programs are voluntary, compulsory, or have a Red Seal designation.
Trade name
Trade code
Classification
Red Seal*
Pressure Systems Welder
456P
Voluntary
456A
Voluntary
Yes, Red Seal

Yes, Red Seal * Red Seal refers to trades where certification is recognized across Canada. In Ontario, there are some trades that have different names in comparison to the Red Seal names. Learn more about the Red Seal program.
Note: The share of workers who have completed apprenticeship certification varies across occupational groups where apprenticeship is identified as a possible pathway. In some cases, this share may be relatively small, which would suggest that there may be fewer apprenticeship opportunities in the occupation. Data from Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census showing the highest level of education attained by occupation are contained in table 98-400-X2016295.

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Sources: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census (distribution of workers). Statistics Canada, Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, 2017 (job vacancies). Burning Glass Technologies, Labour Insight™ (job postings). Time frame is January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

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