How to Hire a Welder in Canada?

How to Hire a Welder in Canada

How to Hire a Welder in Canada?

The transformative power of skilled welders for your business is undeniably significant. A welder’s expertise transcends the fusion of metals; it blends innovation and the solidity of structures, forming a foundation for improved production.

At Hookjobs, we understand the unique challenges that lie within the hiring process of a talented welder. In this article, we offer a step-by-step guide on how we seamlessly identify, attract, and secure the finest welder candidates in the Canadian landscape.

How we Help you Hire a Welder in Canada?

Leveraging an extensive network within the Canadian welding industry, Hookjobs head-hunts the most professional welders, expediting the hiring procedure.

The following flowchart illustrates the fundamental steps we take to find and hire the most skilled welders in Canada:

1. Needs Analysis

Hookjobs’ recruitment approach goes beyond merely identifying skilled welders; we ensure their seamless integration into your unique welding projects. To achieve this, we meticulously assess your criteria, tailoring our strategies to fulfill your welding staffing needs.

Our process commences by creating a comprehensive inception report encompassing every facet of the welder role. This report serves as a foundational blueprint, delineating the precise attributes, qualifications, and qualities you seek in the welders you intend to hire.

Here are key considerations we take into account when conducting a needs analysis before hiring a welder:

  • Project alignment: We must ensure a deep understanding of your specific welding projects. This involves comprehending each project’s scope, intricacies, and desired outcomes to pinpoint the exact skills and expertise needed from the welder. To illustrate, for a large-scale metal sculpture in a public art installation, we must check the welder’s understanding of the artistic vision, structural requirements, and aesthetic goals.
  • Skill set matching: We closely examine the welder’s skill set to ensure a seamless alignment with the demands of your projects. This entails assessing their proficiency in your projects’ specific welding techniques and materials. For instance, in fabricating stainless steel tanks for a food processing facility, the welder’s proficiency in Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is vital for leak-proof joints. Their skill with stainless steel guarantees durability, corrosion resistance, and suitability for food-grade applications.
  • Industry experience: We look for welders with relevant industry experience. This includes evaluating their past work on similar projects ensuring they bring practical knowledge and insights to the table. For example, if you run a commercial building construction, we look for welder candidates with previous experience in steel frame construction.
  • Timelines and deadlines: We prioritize welders adept at working within defined timelines and meeting project deadlines. This quality is crucial for maintaining project schedules and delivering on-time results.

2. Job Posting

After fully understanding your welding business’s requirements, we begin promoting your job vacancy by thoroughly searching for proficient welders throughout Canada.

Utilizing various social media platforms and channels, we can access an extensive pool of talented welders in Canada.

Here’s an example of how we post your vacancy for the welder position:

Job Title: Welder

Location: Canada

  • Job Description: Are you a skilled and dedicated welder ready to leave your mark in the world of metalwork and fabrication? We’re a reputable manufacturing company operating in Canada, actively seeking a talented welder to join our team in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a welder, you’ll play a pivotal role in our projects, utilizing your expertise to create precision welds that contribute to exceptional manufacturing and construction achievements.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Showcasing mastery in welding techniques: You will demonstrate your proficiency that extends across all positions, covering diverse projects such as fabricating tanks and fish processing equipment. Additionally, you’ll adeptly handle structural steel, including hull replacement up to ¾” thickness. This showcases your expertise in welding methods across various project scopes.
    • Equipment selection and setup: Your expert guidance will be pivotal in ensuring the suitable selection and configuration of welding equipment and methods. This meticulous tailoring to the unique demands of each project will be integral to your role.
    • Comprehensive welding project prep: Your meticulous preparation will encompass a wide range of tasks, from planning workspaces and materials in detail to skillfully maneuvering heavy loads using forklifts, executing precise grinding, arranging fixtures, and taking exact measurements.
    • Thorough testing and inspection: Your consistent diligence will be crucial in examining welded surfaces, ensuring meticulous assessment for any potential flaws or inconsistencies.
    • Versatile steel cutting: Proficiency will extend to steel cutting using a diverse array of methods, including plasma, oxyacetylene, and propane. Your adeptness in varied cutting techniques will ensure precision and efficiency in shaping steel.
    • Equipment maintenance and safety: As a verification of your unwavering commitment to safety, you will consistently uphold equipment in a condition that guarantees operational integrity while adhering to stringent safety protocols.
  • Requirements:
    • Proven welding proficiency: Your experience as a welder, backed by a portfolio showcasing your mastery of diverse welding techniques and metal joining processes, is essential.
    • Equipment acumen: A deep understanding of welding equipment, materials, and safety protocols ensures secure and efficient welding operations.
    • Effective communication: Your ability to collaborate with colleagues, accurately interpret technical plans, and contribute to a cohesive work environment sets you apart.
    • Adaptability: Your capacity to work both independently and as part of a team across diverse projects highlights your flexibility.
    • Safety conscious: Committed to safety regulations, you maintain a clean, organized work area that reflects our priority on well-being.
    • Eligibility and credentials: Your eligibility to work in Canada and relevant welding certifications or licenses underpins your professional credibility.

If you’re a dedicated and skilled welder passionate about metalwork and fabrication seeking to advance your career, we encourage you to apply. Join our team of professionals, channelling your welding expertise and precision skills into a manufacturing company that values quality, innovation, and the artistry of crafting impeccable metal components. Apply now and be the driving force behind our remarkable welding endeavours!

3. Resume Screening

At Hookjobs, our recruiters carefully review the resumes of every candidate applying for the welder role, aspiring to find the ideal fit for your welding industry. By screening out applicants who may not meet your requirements, we prioritize welders with top qualities for further evaluation.

To ensure that a welder candidate has an intimate knowledge of the welding intricacies, we primarily prioritize candidates based on their relevant certifications in the welding industry.

Here are some of the essential certifications welders must hold in Canada:

  • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Certification: The CWB certification is a widely recognized standard for welders in Canada. It certifies welders’ competency in various welding processes and positions. Different levels of certification are available based on the type of welding and material.
  • Pressure Welder Certification: This certification is essential for welders working on pressure vessels, pipelines, and other equipment subjected to high-pressure conditions. Welders need to pass rigorous examinations and practical tests to obtain this certification.
  • Red Seal Endorsement: The Red Seal endorsement is a national standard that indicates a welder’s ability to work across different provinces and territories in Canada. It involves a standardized examination that covers essential welding skills.
  • Structural Welder Certification: For welders involved in structural steel fabrication and construction, this certification demonstrates proficiency in welding structural components used in buildings, bridges, and other structures.
  • Pipe Welding Certification: Welders specializing in pipe welding often pursue specific certifications for various pipe materials and sizes. These certifications validate their ability to produce high-quality welds on pipes used in different industries.
  • Aluminum Welding Certification: Welders working with aluminum must hold certifications demonstrating their expertise in welding this lightweight, corrosion-resistant material.
  • Stainless Steel Welding Certification: Similar to aluminum welding, welders working with stainless steel must possess certifications that showcase their proficiency in welding this alloy, known for its durability and corrosion resistance.
  • API Welding Certification: For welders involved in the petroleum and natural gas industries, the American Petroleum Institute (API) offers certifications that reflect their competence in welding pipelines and related equipment.
  • Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Certification: This certification is a combination of the Red Seal endorsement and the provincial or territorial journeyman certificate. It confirms a welder’s ability to work anywhere in Canada and ensures consistency in skill assessment.
  • Specialized Industry Certifications: Additional certifications may be required depending on the industry. For example, aerospace, automotive, and shipbuilding industries may have specific certifications tailored to their unique welding needs.

Other certifications necessary for a welder in different provinces of Canada are depicted in the following table:


Certification Requirements


Journeyman Welder Certificate (Alberta Apprenticeship)

British Columbia

Welding Level A


Journeyman Welder Certificate (Saskatchewan Apprenticeship)


Journeyman Welder Certificate (Province of Manitoba)


Welder Certificate of Qualification (Ontario College of Trades)


Compagnon welder certification (CCQ)

New Brunswick

Welder – Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification (NB Department of Post-Secondary Education)

Nova Scotia

Certificate of Qualification (Welder Trade Regulations)

Prince Edward Island

Welder Certificate of Qualification (PEI Apprenticeship Training and Certification Board)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Certificate of Qualification (Welder Trade Profile)

Besides these certificates, we must ensure the welder candidates possess the following qualities:

We thoroughly review the metalworking machine operator candidates’ portfolios to assess their proficiency and the quality of work they have produced in previous roles. This allows us to gauge their level of expertise and compatibility with the specific demands of the metalworking industry.

Welding encompasses a diverse range of projects and techniques. We place great importance on a welder’s experience as it demonstrates their versatility, adaptability, and familiarity with different welding scenarios.

Safety is paramount in welding due to the potential risks involved. We assess candidates’ understanding of safety protocols and practices to ensure they prioritize the well-being of themselves and their colleagues.

We also verify the welder applicants’ math skills since precise measurements and calculations are integral to successful welding. Candidates with strong mathematical skills are better equipped to accurately interpret blueprints, plan projects, and execute welds to specifications.

Welding is a physically exacting job that often requires prolonged periods of standing, bending, and maneuvering. By evaluating candidates’ physical stamina, we ensure they can seamlessly handle the physical challenges of the role.

4. Job Interview

Once we have reviewed the welder candidates’ submitted resumes, we invite them to participate in a vis-à-vis interview with our professional recruiters, where they are asked to further showcase their potential by answering certain questions pertinent to the role of welding.

We ask the candidates various general and technical questions during the interviews, as follows:

General Questions

  • What initially sparked your interest in pursuing a career in welding?
  • Can you provide an overview of your experience with various welding techniques, such as MIG, TIG, and stick welding?
  • How do you prioritize safety measures when working on a welding project?
  • Describe a situation where you had to troubleshoot a welding-related challenge and how you resolved it.
  • In your opinion, what qualities make a welder exceptional in their craft?
  • How do you ensure the consistency and quality of your welds throughout a project?
  • Can you share an example of a welding project that required close collaboration with a team? How did you contribute?
  • What steps do you take to stay updated with the latest advancements and trends in the welding industry?
  • How do you handle unexpected changes or adjustments during a welding project?
  • What aspects of welding do you find most fulfilling and motivating in your career?

Technical Questions

  • Explain the key differences between MIG and TIG welding processes, including their applications and advantages.
  • How do you determine the appropriate welding technique and settings when working with different metals?
  • Discuss the role of preheating in welding and when it’s necessary to apply this technique.
  • How do you prevent and address issues related to weld porosity and inadequate fusion?
  • Explain the purpose of a root pass in welding, its significance, and the challenges associated with it.
  • Describe the steps you take to prevent distortion and warping in a large metal structure during welding.
  • When selecting filler materials for a project, what factors do you consider, and how do you make your choice?
  • Explain the concept of “duty cycle” in welding equipment and its importance in maintaining consistent performance.
  • Discuss the advantages and limitations of using shielding gases in welding, particularly in MIG and TIG processes.
  • When welding dissimilar metals, what considerations do you take into account to ensure a strong and reliable joint?

5. Checking References 

During the interview with the welder candidates, we request their references’ contacts so that we can reach out to them and ask about the welders’ proficiency, work ethic, and overall job performance.

To verify the welder candidates’ performance, we typically take the following steps to check the references:

  • Reference authorization: Upon shortlisting a candidate, we seek their consent to contact the provided references.
  • Welding expertise discussion: We engage in in-depth conversations focused on the candidate’s welding expertise during reference checks. We delve into their proficiency across various welding techniques and their ability to produce high-quality welds.
  • Safety and protocol adherence: We ask the references about the candidate’s adherence to safety protocols during welding tasks. We explore their commitment to maintaining a secure work environment.
  • Project-specific contributions: We encourage references to share specific welding projects in which the candidate was involved. This helps us assess their role, contributions, and impact on the project outcomes.
  • Collaboration and communication: We also inquire about the candidate’s collaboration within welding teams, their communication skills when working on welding projects, and their adaptability to different work scenarios.
  • Problem-solving aptitude: We discuss instances where the candidate demonstrated effective problem-solving skills within welding contexts. This provides insights into their ability to grapple with welding challenges.
  • Quality of welds: We also discuss the candidate’s overall work quality, precision in welds, and attention to detail, indicating their level of craftsmanship.
  • Performance under pressure: We inquire about the candidate’s performance under tight deadlines and demanding welding conditions, gauging their efficiency and resilience.
  • Welding equipment familiarity: References provide insights into the candidate’s familiarity with welding equipment and tools and their ability to operate and maintain them effectively.
  • Recommendation and fit: Based on the reference’s feedback, we gauge whether the candidate is recommended for the welding position and how well their skills align with the specific requirements of your welding projects.
  • Results reporting: We finally provide you with the report on the results of our comprehensive reference evaluations.

6. Assessing the Welder Candidates

To meticulously gauge the candidates’ welding expertise in real-world contexts, we have devised a comprehensive evaluation process whereby we examine various aspects of the welding role.

Here are some key areas based on which we evaluate the prospective welders:

  • Welding techniques proficiency: We observe candidates’ proficiency in various welding techniques, including MIG, TIG, stick welding, and others, to ensure they can effectively perform different types of welds.
  • Material compatibility: We evaluate prospective welders on their ability to work with various metals and materials commonly used in welding projects, such as steel, aluminum, and alloys.
  • Precision and accuracy: We assess the welder candidates’ precision in creating clean and accurate welds, as well as their attention to detail in aligning joints and maintaining consistent bead profiles.
  • Mathematical skills: Welding often involves precise measurements and calculations. We evaluate the welders’ mathematical aptitude to ensure they can accurately determine angles, dimensions, and material quantities.
  • Safety practices: Safety is paramount in welding. We observe the welder applicants’ adherence to safety protocols, including the use of protective gear, proper ventilation, and safe handling of welding equipment.
  • Blueprint interpretation: Candidates’ ability to accurately interpret technical drawings and blueprints is crucial. We evaluate their understanding of welding symbols, dimensions, and project requirements.
  • Weld quality: We examine the quality of their welds, considering penetration, fusion, and overall structural integrity to ensure their work meets industry standards.
  • Problem-solving skills: Practical situations often involve unforeseen challenges. We assess the welder candidates’ ability to troubleshoot and find solutions to welding issues during projects.
  • Efficiency and time management: Time efficiency is essential in welding projects. We observe how candidates manage their time, balance speed with quality, and meet project deadlines.
  • Adaptability: Welding tasks can vary widely. We gauge the welders’ adaptability to different project requirements, whether fabricating large structures or creating intricate components.
  • Collaboration: Welding is often part of a larger project. We evaluate the welder candidates’ teamwork skills and ability to communicate with project managers, engineers, and other team members.

7. Training the Welder Candidates

Upon assessing the welder candidates, we offer tailored, hands-on training to those who may need additional orientation to your business’s certain requirements. Our trainers at Hookjobs train prospective welders, focusing on the following techniques:

  • Your specific welding technique: We train the welders to comprehensively understand your unique welding requirements, such as structural welding, pipe welding, aluminum welding, working with high-strength alloys, or multi-position welding. This training equips the welders with the necessary skills to seamlessly adapt to your various project requirements.
  • Welding safety protocols: Safety is paramount in welding. Our training includes comprehensive guidance on safety measures, protective gear, and safe welding practices.
  • Project-specific techniques: We tailor training to match the unique demands of your projects, be it underwater welding, aerospace applications, or architectural metalwork.
  • Quality control: We focus on instilling an understanding of quality control measures, including inspecting welds for flaws and ensuring they meet industry standards.
  • Efficiency enhancement: Our trainers share techniques to enhance welding efficiency without compromising quality, contributing to streamlined project timelines.
  • Staying abreast of the latest trends: We also keep the prospective welders updated with industry trends, including technology, automation, sustainability, safety, materials, and regulations. This training ensures they’re ready to contribute effectively to your projects.

8. Drawing up a Contract 

The final stage in our hiring process includes signing a contract with the accepted welder candidates. By signing a contract, we ensure that both parties acknowledge the legal aspects of the employment process.

Here are some steps we consider when drawing up a contract with the prospective welders:

  • Welding job description: We outline the specific welding tasks and projects that the welder will be responsible for, ensuring precision in describing their role within your welding operations.
  • Welding standards and codes: We also specify adherence to welding standards and codes relevant to Canadian welding practices, ensuring that the welder’s work meets industry and regulatory requirements.
  • Certifications and qualifications: We detail the required certifications, qualifications, and licenses necessary for the specific welding position, ensuring that the welder meets the professional standards set by Canadian authorities.
  • Work hours and schedule: We also define the expected work hours, shifts, and any potential overtime requirements.
  • Compensation and benefits: We outline the compensation package, including wage or salary, payment frequency, and any additional benefits in compliance with Canadian employment regulations.
  • Duration of employment: The contract specifies whether the employment is permanent, temporary, or based on project duration, aligning with Canadian employment norms.
  • Safety regulations: We include clauses related to safety protocols and compliance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations applicable to the welding work.
  • Termination terms: We also detail conditions under which employment may be terminated, including notice periods and reasons for termination as per Canadian labour laws.
  • Workplace diversity and inclusion: If applicable, we may include statements about promoting workplace diversity and inclusion in line with Canadian employment practices.

Labour Laws and Regulations for Hiring a Welder in Canada

When hiring a welder in Canada, adhering to various labour laws and regulations is crucial to ensure a smooth and compliant recruitment process.

Here are some key points you must consider:

  • Verification of welding certifications: Before proceeding, verify that the prospective welder holds the required certifications, such as those issued by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) or relevant provincial authorities. Ensure these certifications align with the specific welding position’s demands.
  • Adherence to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards: Prioritize worker safety by strictly adhering to OHS regulations applicable to welding environments. Provide comprehensive training, proper protective gear, and a hazard-free workspace to ensure a secure working environment.
  • Welding codes and standards: Welding work is subject to meticulous standards and codes, including those set by the CWB and the American Welding Society (AWS). Adhere rigorously to these codes to guarantee weld quality, worker safety, and structural integrity.
  • Evaluation of international welder hiring: If considering hiring international welders, precisely navigate the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Obtain requisite work permits and comply with the specific guidelines outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  • Human rights legislation: Stringently align your hiring practices with Canadian human rights legislation. Prevent discrimination based on race, gender, age, and more to foster an inclusive and equitable workplace.
  • Collective bargaining agreements: If operating within sectors governed by collective bargaining agreements, meticulously adhere to terms negotiated between employers and unions to honour established work conditions.
  • Welder employment contracts: Mitigate misunderstandings by crafting detailed employment contracts. Include specifics like compensation, welding responsibilities, termination conditions, and any pertinent details to foster clarity.
  • Privacy legislation: In alignment with Canadian privacy legislation, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), uphold the lawful collection, use, and safeguarding of personal information throughout the hiring process.
  • Accessibility standards (Ontario): In Ontario, observe the mandates of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Ensure your recruitment practices cater to candidates with disabilities to promote inclusivity.
  • Legal recruitment agencies: Engage legal professionals or recruitment specialists well-versed in Canadian welding labour laws. Their expertise will guide you in creating a fair, compliant, and efficient hiring process tailored to the welding sector’s intricacies.

What is the Average Wage for Hiring a Welder in Canada? 

The average wage for hiring a welder in Canada can vary depending on location, experience, skill level, industry, and the specific welding techniques required. A welder in Canada earns an average salary of $49,448 annually (equal to $25.36 per hour). Novice welders earn $41,373 annually, whereas more experienced ones can make up to $65,536 per year.

The average wage for hiring a welder varies in different provinces of Canada, as illustrated in the following table:


Entry-Level Wage (CAD/hour)

Experienced Wage (CAD/hour)

Certified/Expert Wage (CAD/hour)





British Columbia








New Brunswick




Newfoundland and Labrador




Northwest Territories




Nova Scotia








Prince Edward Island












Yukon Territory




Different Types of Welders we Hire in Canada

In Canada, there is a diverse range of welding positions that companies hire for, each requiring specific skills and expertise.

Here are some different types of welders that we commonly hire:

MIG welders use a welding process involving feeding a wire electrode to create a metal fusion. This type of welding is commonly used in fabrication, automotive, and construction industries.

TIG welders use a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce precise and clean welds. TIG welding is often preferred for high-quality and intricate welding tasks, such as aerospace, automotive, and art fabrication.

Stick welders use an electric arc to join metals, often in construction and repair projects. It’s a versatile welding method suitable for outdoor and challenging environments.

Pipe welders join pipes and tubes, often used in industries like oil and gas, plumbing, and construction. They must be proficient in various welding techniques to ensure leak-free and structurally sound joints.

Structural welders work on large-scale projects like bridges, buildings, and infrastructure. They need to ensure the strength and integrity of welded joints to support the weight and stress of structures.

Pressure vessel welders work with containers that hold liquids or gases under pressure. They must adhere to strict codes and standards to ensure the safety of these vessels.

Aluminum welders specialize in welding aluminum, which requires different techniques due to the metal’s unique properties. Industries such as aerospace, automotive, and marine often require aluminum welding.

Stainless steel welders work with stainless steel, known for its corrosion resistance. This type of welding is commonly used in the food processing, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

Underwater welders combine diving skills with welding expertise to perform welding tasks underwater. This specialized field is often used in offshore construction, repair, and maintenance.

Automotive welders work on vehicle components and structures, ensuring safety and durability. They might specialize in areas like body repair, frame welding, and exhaust systems.

Aircraft welders focus on welding components for aircraft, adhering to strict aviation safety and reliability standards.

 Robotic welders operate and program welding robots to perform repetitive welding tasks with precision. This is commonly used in manufacturing and production settings.


From strengthening structures to forging connections, a skilled welder empowers your business to shape a more durable and promising future. Their role extends beyond mere fabrication as they become integral to the foundation of your products and projects. Our professional recruiters at Hookjobs understand the challenges of finding and hiring experienced welders in Canada. With a successful track record of connecting employers with ideal candidates, Hookjobs is here to expedite your hiring process and cater to your employment requirements.


Q1. Are welders in demand in Canada?

A: Yes, welders are in demand in Canada across various industries such as construction, manufacturing, automotive, and more. As the oil, gas, and mining sectors continue to expand, welding professions offer the potential for impressive earnings.

Q2. How many hours do welders usually work in Canada?

A: Welders’ work hours vary based on the industry and project demands. Typically, welders work full-time for 40 hours, which may include overtime during busy periods.

Q3. Should I provide the welders with the necessary tools?

A: Providing necessary tools depends on the arrangement and the company’s policies. Some employers provide tools, while others may expect welders to have their own basic tools.

Q4. What safety precautions should welders take?

A: Welders should wear proper protective gear, including helmets, gloves, and flame-resistant clothing. Adequate ventilation, eye protection, and proper training in welding techniques are crucial for safety.

Q5. Can I hire welders from other countries?

A: Yes, hiring welders from other countries is possible, but it involves obtaining the necessary work permits, such as the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), and complying with immigration regulations.

Q6. Why is on-the-job training crucially important?

A: On-the-job training allows welders to gain practical experience in real-world scenarios, improving their skills and adaptability to different projects and requirements. This is because welding jobs require high temperatures that can be dangerous to novice welders.

Q7. What role does technology play in the work of carpentry?

A: Technology plays a significant role in welding, including advancements in welding equipment, automation, and digital tools that enhance precision, efficiency, and quality control.

Q8. What are the benefits of hiring welders through a recruitment agency?

A: Hiring through a recruitment agency streamlines the process by providing access to a pre-screened pool of qualified welders, saving time and effort in the hiring process.

Q9. How can welders stay updated with industry trends and techniques?

A: Welders can stay updated by attending workshops, seminars, and industry conferences. They can also follow industry publications and online platforms to learn about new techniques and technologies.

Q10. Why should welding certificates be renewed?

A: Welding certificates should be renewed to ensure welders maintain their skills and comply with industry standards. Renewal demonstrates their commitment to ongoing professional development.

Q11. What insurance coverage should I consider when hiring welders?

A: Employers should consider liability insurance to cover potential workplace accidents and injuries. Welders might also need specialized insurance for equipment and tools.

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