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Welders cut and join pieces of metal. Welders may also work as machine operators who operate previously set-up welding, brazing and soldering equipment.
Working as a welder for a forest product company means you will be in a fast-paced environment. Fixing broken equipment may mean you have to step in and manage a situation without much notice. Welding is physically demanding, and it requires manual dexterity and an eye for detail.
Welder Level A is someone who has advanced training, skills and abilities to weld all materials, including specialized alloys, by any manual welding process.
Welder Level B is a person who can weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals on plates and pipes. Welder Level C is someone who can weld various steel and aluminum parts.
Welding work also overlaps with the work of industrial mechanics (millwright), sheet-metal workers, steamfitters, pipefitters, metal fabricators (fitter), iron workers and boilermakers. With extra training, welders can transfer their skills to these related occupations.
Getting a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification is usually required. After that, you will need to complete a three-year apprenticeship program. Alternatively, a combination of over three years of work experience as a welder and some college or industry courses in welding is usually required to be eligible for trade certification. As an apprentice, you get training while earning a pay cheque and building a career as a highly skilled worker. Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement is also available to allow your skills to be officially recognized across Canada.
Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools or other expenses.
If you are considering an apprenticeship, visit the interprovincial Red Seal program for information on how to get started.
Industrial electricians install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. In the forest products industry they play a variety of roles but are typically found working in mills and other industrial settings like pellet plants and planer facilities.
Industrial electricians troubleshoot and diagnose electrical and failures in manufacturing processes. To be good at troubleshooting means you need a broad understanding of electrical systems so you can isolate and repair faults and failures. A day in the life of an industrial electrician might involve repairing a critical electrical fault fast enough to prevent an entire mill operation from shutting down.
Electrical technology and equipment also changes rapidly, so you need to stay on top of what’s happening in your industry.
Increasing use of robotics and other computerized control equipment is creating more work for industrial electricians, because they are the ones who install and maintain the equipment. Technological change usually results in a greater demand for industrial electricians.