UA Local 628 welders are among the most highly skilled in the country utilizing a variety of processes including stick, tig, and mig. Our welders are tested to the highest government standards. On-going training and practice makes our welders versatile and capable of handling all projects in a variety of industries including pulp and paper, mining, electricity production and major gas and oil pipelines.
Here are the steps that must be taken in order to become a Journeyman welder with UA Local 628:
Step 1: Present high school transcript, must have grade 12 and a valid drivers license.
Step 2: Present diploma from one-year training program from Confederation College or equivalent program. This program will provide the welder with their CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) all-positions ticket.
Step 3: Pass F3/F4 and F6 SS welding practical tests.
Step 4: If applicants are successful in meeting all qualifications they will begin a 90 day on-the-job probationary period followed by their three-year apprenticeship with the union. This includes three in-school eight-week training sessions and 6000 hours of on-the-job training. Apprentices will begin at third year pay rate because of their prior training. This is 65 per cent of a Journeyman’s wage.