Welding Program

FPDI partnered with the Piping Industry Technical College of Manitoba (PITC) and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to deliver a two-and-a-half-year Indigenous Welding Program. The program was a National Apprenticeship Consortium Pilot which started in 2018 and ended September, 2021.

The program began with a series of three, one-week welding camps funded by Enbridge. 45 individuals took part in the welding camps. These camps served as a recruitment strategy to enable the selection of participants who showed an aptitude and interest in welding. 13 participants were selected for further training. The recruitment method was recognized as a national best practice. “This approach is considered best practice within the sector and may help Indigenous participants build credibility with employers over the long-term. It will also have a positive impact on retention by reducing the likelihood that participants leave the program because of disinterest or discovering they do not like the trade.”




High School Diploma

Grade 12 Math (40S), or equivalent

Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S), or equivalent

Program Details

  • Theory and practical work experience
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
  • Shop Safety Awareness
  • Trade related Mathematics
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Metal fabrication – Gas Metal Arc Welding, Oxy-Fuel Welding
  • Introduction to Metals and Welding Processes


Career Opportunities

Welders are employed in many areas such as industrial and commercial sectors; assembly plants, factories, shipbuilding, refineries and building construction and small/medium employers.

A new and exciting employment opportunity is Robotic Welding.


I chose this program because I knew it would further my career and give me a good start from the beginning”. “PITC staff were great, it was a great opportunity for a career I have always found an interest in”. – Graduate 

“We hired an excellent person, great personality which makes a world of difference”. -Employer