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Welding & Fabrication Technician

Available at: Cornwall


The program delivers welding technology at the technician level and prepares students for the demands of the welding industry. This market requires graduates with a higher level of theory combined with the practical skills needed to succeed in an industry with an evolving level of complexity.
Graduates of this two-year program are eligible to receive an Ontario College Diploma. They also receive the equivalent of all the in-school training necessary to meet the requirements of the provincially administered Welder apprenticeship program.
Students also have the opportunity to challenge the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certification in several different welding processes. This allows graduates to provide employers with proof of CWB certification.


Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible for employment in the metal fabricating industry as well as the manufacturing and repair sectors.

Students take a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) course which enables them to pro­gram and operate automated plasma cutting equipment. This offers them the opportunity to operate CAD equipment in an advanced fabricating shop.

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Program Name

Welding & Fabrication Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

May 2017 International Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $2,850.18. Compulsory fees are $766.35 All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $13,420.00. Compulsory fees are $1,431.35. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.
May 2016 intake for International students

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Semester 1
COMP 86-89 Basic Computer Applications 
MATH 17 Introductory Mathematics for Trades Technicians
WELD1101 Blueprint Reading 1
WELD1102 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1
WELD1103 Mechanical Subjects
WELD1104 Oxy-acetylene Welding & Cutting
WELD1105 Safety & Rigging

Semester 2
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
WELD1201 Blueprint Reading 2
WELD1202 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2
WELD1203 Metallurgy & Distortion
WELD1204 Technical Math 2
WELD1205 Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
WELD1206 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1

Semester 3
COMM 42 Critical Thinking Skills
GENE General Education Course
WELD1301 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
WELD1302 Plate & Pipe Development 1
WELD1303 Welding Specifications & Code
WELD1406 Computer Aided Design

Semester 4
GENE General Education Course
WELD1402 Layout & Fitting
WELD1403 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2
WELD1404 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2
WELD1405 Automated Welding
WELD 1407 Advanced Welding Processes

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


St. Lawrence College has had a great impact on the course of my career. The teachers, instructors, staff and faculty alike are all top notch and I would recommend the welding program to anyone who strives for a better future. I am currently living in Fort McMurray Alberta, and am fortunate enough to work in the oil sands at the Suncore site. Although I am new to the oil industry, it is due to my training with St. Lawrence College that I will be eligible to advance at a much faster pace.

Pete Seguin

Program Contact

Mark MacDonell

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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