In 2018, there were more than 21,000 welder-assemblers scattered throughout Quebec. This trade is increasingly in demand in the industrial sector, as it offers particularly interesting job prospects.
In this article, the industrial mechanics experts at HARtech Enterprises give you a complete picture of the welder-assembler trade including the responsibilities, training and salary.
What is a welder-assembler?
Welders are skilled workers who must perform many tasks on a daily basis. They work primarily with metal parts, setting them up and assembling them using different manual or semi-automatic welding processes.
Welding assembly therefore consists of assembling parts supplied by the industrial machining department using various welding processes.
What are the responsibilities and duties of a welder-assembler?
Often part of an industrial welding team, the welder-assembler has a variety of daily tasks and responsibilities. They can cut, shape and combine materials to make parts for a variety of industries. These include construction, engineering, automotive and aerospace.
Some of the duties and responsibilities of the welder-assembler job include:
- Determine the equipment to be used and the most appropriate welding method based on requirements
- Read blueprints and technical drawings
- Repair machines and other components
- Test and inspect welded surfaces for defects
- Maintain equipment in a state of optimum efficiency
How to become a welder
To become a welder in Quebec, there are different possible paths and all of them require you to obtain certain diplomas and certifications.
- A Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in welding and assembly with a total duration of 1,800 hours, or the equivalent of 2 years full-time
- The Centre de formation professionnelle de Quebec offers two DVS programs in structural metal fabrication and in manufactured metal fabrication. You will have to add 825 hours of training, or about 7 months
- A DVS in metallurgy: an integrated program including the DVS in welding and assembly, the ASP in high pressure welding and the DEC in metallurgical engineering technology
What is the salary of a welder-assembler in Quebec?
The average salary for a welder-assembler in Canada is $41,925 per year. That’s $21.50 per hour. People who are new to this job make about $38,025 per year and those who have been in the trade for a long time make up to $49,238 per year.
What skills and expertise are needed for this trade?
Being a welder requires certain natural skills and abilities that must be developed throughout training. Here are some examples of how to be successful in this industry:
- Plan and execute assembly-welding jobs
- Assembling a welded mechanical series of parts
- Know how to use a manual or semi-automatic welding process
- Know how to check the quality of the welding work
If you want to work as a welder, you must have good manual dexterity and be able to pay attention to detail. You must also be able to work independently and have a sense of responsibility. It helps if you have analytical thinking to solve complex and abstract problems.
Interested in working as a welder at HARtech?
A welder-assembler handles complex tasks to fabricate and create innovative designs, tools, and parts. This is a very challenging job that will allow you to develop your skills on a daily basis.
Welders at HARtech use the skills they learned during their training and those they have acquired over time every day. They also benefit from a good working environment with the use of new industrial machining equipment.