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About Welders

We recruit welders internationally for Canadian employers. Our normal procedure is to test and evaluate welders before bringing them to Canada. GPS trains welders in Canada to perform specific procedures for the employers that are hiring them.

Our primary goal is to find the best specialty welders such as X-Ray quality pressure pipe welders. They may have had SMAW experience shielded metal arc welding or commonly called stick welders. TIG welding experience must be on heavy wall pipe which can be carbon steel or chrome or any of the other alloys. We will also look at AWC welders with ASME or API certification and experience.
  • Pressure vessel welders
  • Fitter welders
  • Pipeline construction welders
  • Pressure pipe welders
  • Machinery and equipment repair welders
  • Pressure TIG welders
  • Ship building and repair welders
  • Tank Building Experts
  • Iron Worker welders
Do you have experience with any of these processes?
  • TIG tungsten inert gas welding of carbon- stainless-chrome-monel to x-ray standards.
  • SMAW shielded metal arc welding of carbon steel pipe F3-F4 uphill and all downhill to x-ray quality standards both on carbon steel pipe.
  • Tank builders who have certification to run submerged arc welding processes.
  • GSFC gas shielded flux core welders all position with large diameter pipe experience or structural steel experience.
  • SSFC stainless steel flux core welders for stainless steel tank construction.
  • SMAW structural welders for a large run of structural steel which has to be erected and in this case the person would have to be experienced at high work.
The bulk of welders we would like to have a look at would be able to pass a 6G, schedule 80, 4" to 6" pipe in the uphill with 6010 root pass and 7018 fill and cap or a 5G schedule 40, 4" to 6" pipe in the 5G position all welded downhill with 5p+ or 7010 HYP or 70+.

We can consider TIG welders experienced with a 3" to 4" schedule 40, carbon steel pipe in the 5g and 6g position all uphill if they can make a test with good tie ins - they can be upgraded in a few days for stainless or chrome.

Process certification we are looking for:
  • ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineering
  • API American Petroleum Institute
  • Z662 Pipeline welding standard
  • CSA Canadian Standards Association
  • CWB Canadian Welding Bureau


OUR PRE-CERTIFICATION TESTING: First we pre-screen welders based on education and experience then we have each welder perform a variety of common pipe welds and/or plate welds. We need extensive details about a welders job site history including where the welder has worked (i.e. in a refinery, on a pipeline, pulp mill, mine, chemical plant, saw mill construction, tank farm, pen stock, reactor or any kind of pipe shop). MIG welding experience means is usually not sufficient for our purposes.


1. Pressure Piping Systems: SMAW- 2G vertically fixed pipe specimens- 5G horizontally fixed pipe specimens- 5G-E6010 root up hill and E 6010 hot pass uphill on 4" or 6" schedule 40 or heavier pipe with a E7018 fill and cap. This is the most common and basic pipe weld there is.

2. Cross-country Pipeline: SMAW-5G- E6010 root- hot and all fill passes all down hill in a fixed horizontal pipe and vertical down root opening.

3. Pressure Pipe and Alloy Welder: T.I.G. 2G and 5G- 3" 4" or 6" schedule 40 pipes with a 60% included bevel- no root face (land). TIG Tungsten Inert Gas- Mild steel root and hot pass or Stainless Steel 309 root and hot pass with an Argon purge and shielding gas. E 7018 or E8018 fill and cap.

4. Canadian Welding Bureau Structural: Plate test 2G Horizontal, 3G Vertical minimum and a 4G Overhead for the expert but not a pre requisite. 3/8" or 1/2" mild steel plate 60% included bevel, with backing bar 1/2" spacing. GSFC Gas Shielded Flux Core .CO2-Argon mix shielding gas, perhaps C-25 which is 75% AR 25%C02. Or a straight C02 shielding gas with a flux-Cored wire. The wire should be .045 or larger up to 5/64"th or !/8"

5. Operator: SUB arc Submerged Arc Welding- Demonstrate single or multi pass SUB arc methods on mild steel plate.

TEACHING: We have developed a specialized curriculum that we recommend welders study well in advance of arriving in Canada. This will help welders pass provincial trade licensing exams. GPS instructors teach this welding curriculum as well as test and coach welders to ensure welders pass the certification tests.

Our Chief Welding Expert: Brian Finnie has been working in the welding field for 30 years. Brian was the chief instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is presently one of the owners of a pipeline welding company. He is the CEO and one of the co- founders of Roboweld - Canada's first high mix low volume robotic company with integrator status. He has intimate knowledge as to the expectations and demands for qualified welders. Brian has lived for years in Fort Mc Murray. He also worked in the Athabasca Tar Sands. He is an Alberta Journeyman and a 'B' pressure welder. Brian is a BC Certified 'A' Level Welder and has consulted and worked on mega projects around the world.

GPS Training: Specialty classes for a regular procedure upgrade will usually run between 1-3 weeks depending upon the student proficiency. There will be specific prerequisites for each type of program. The school will offer procedure testing, and will be done at a one-day fixed rate for each test. Students will also be able to register to brush-up their specific procedure skills, and they will be able to work through their skill practice at their own rate. Rates will be set based upon the amount of time the student requires to complete their procedure competence. Every procedure challenge will require the individual to pass the theory before the practical challenge can be attempted.

Trade Certification for Welders and Heavy Equipment Technicians in Alberta

To be certified in Alberta most skilled trades people must have at specific "hands on" apprenticeship training and must send in an application form with proof of education and working history and $450. Evaluation results take 2-4 weeks. Approved foreign applicants will be given provisional approval to come to Alberta and start working. They must take some theoretical and/or practical tests within 90 days after approval. Applicants who score less than 70% on the test can re-write it once without paying any additional fees. Welders must pass an additional practical examination, which costs $160. Candidates with poor English may use a translator during the examination.

Application Form for Welders License in Alberta

Form for Prior Learning Assessment for Apprentices

ALIS Alberta Certification for Employment in Alberta