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Welder Trade Regulations
made under Section 17A of the
Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act
S.N.S. 2003, c. 1
N.S. Reg. 24/2015 (February 11, 2015)
1 These regulations may be cited as the Welder Trade Regulations.
2 (1) In these regulations,
“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;
“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act;
“components” means any ferrous or non-ferrous materials capable of being joined by a welding process;
“welding process” means any of the following tasks, activities and functions associated with welding:
(i) cutting, shaping and fitting steel using oxy-fuel,
(ii) fusion welding using manual oxy-fuel,
(iii) brazing and braze welding using oxy-fuel,
(iv) applying surfacing material using oxy-fuel,
(v) joining metals using soldering,
(vi) welding using shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux core arc, submerged arc and gas tungsten arc processes,
(vii) cutting and gouging using electric arc processes,
(viii) welding and cutting using plasma arc processes,
(ix) welding using resistance processes;
“welder trade” means the occupation of a welder, consisting of laying out, fabricating, maintaining, installing, modifying and repairing components using welding processes, and includes all of the following functions:
(i) setting up equipment for welding processes using recommended installation procedures,
(ii) cleaning and inspecting cut surfaces,
(iii) identifying metals and performing preparation and assembly tasks prior to welding,
(iv) performing supplementary and disassembly procedures,
(v) sketching and interpreting blueprints,
(vi) using hand and power tools and shop equipment.
(2) The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.
Term of apprenticeship for welder trade
3 The term of apprenticeship for the welder trade is 6000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director and a certification examination, and includes a probationary period of up to 3 months.
Ratio of journeypersons to apprentices
4 An employer in the welder trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson to 2 apprentices, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.
Wage schedule for apprentices
5 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by a welder apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a welder journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:
Wages for Welder Apprentice
Hours in Term
(% of journeyperson’s wage)
(2) An employer must not employ a welder apprentice at a wage for actual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimum wage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the Labour Standards Code.
Certificate in welder trade through trade qualification
6 (1) For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(A) of the General Regulations, respecting the practical experience required for a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in a trade to be eligible to be examined for a certificate of qualification in the trade issued under Section 30 of the General Regulations, the completion of practical experience in all of the following areas is prescribed as a requirement of eligibility to be examined for a certificate of qualification in the welder trade:
(a) position pipe or plate welding with open root preparation;
(b) shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) for the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions;
(c) at least 1 of the following welding processes:
(i) gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) for the, flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions,
(ii) gas metal arc welding (GMAW) for the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions,
(iii) flux cored arc welding (FCAW) for the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.
(2) For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, respecting the period of time that a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in a trade is required to have been employed in the trade to be eligible for a certificate of qualification in the trade issued under Section 30 of the General Regulations, 7200 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the welder trade.
7 A person who, immediately before the coming into force of these regulations, was an apprentice in an apprenticeship program under the Welder Trade Regulations, N.S. Reg. 200/2004, made by the Governor in Council by Order in Council 2004-347 dated August 26, 2004, continues as an apprentice in that apprenticeship program under these regulations.