Construction complete on Canadian Welding Bureau
September 30, 2014 by STAFF REPORT
The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) has opened its western region office and training centre in Nisku, Alta. The 18,000-sq.-ft. Welding Education & Training Centre of Excellence represents a $6.5 million investment in the local Edmonton economy.
More than 100 local jobs were created during construction of the facility for the national regulator of welding professionals. The centre will help support local industries’ need for qualified skilled labour by offering enhanced education, training and certification for welders, supervisors, engineers and inspectors, as well as non-destructive testing technicians.
“The Canadian Welding Bureau exists to ensure that the Canadian welding industry remains a global leader in both safety and quality,” said Doug Luciani, president and CEO of CWB Group. “This new education and training centre represents CWB’s continued investment to guarantee only properly trained and qualified welding professionals are involved in Canadian projects.”
With five classrooms, welding practical training facilities, NDT practical training facilities and the first CWB welder testing centre, more than 10,000 professionals are expected to pass through its doors each year to complete one or more of 90 programs offered.
“The future success of key Canadian industries depends on a growing pool of qualified welders,” said James Rajotte, MP for Edmonton-Leduc. “This type of investment is an excellent example of industry taking a leadership role to address the issue.”