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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 in the manufacturing and repair sectors. The program also includes Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and automated welding training.  These courses provide the student with the background required to pro­gram and operate automated plasma cutting equipment in preparation for working with current generation CAD equipment in an advanced fabricating environment.

Program Name

Welding & Fabrication Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

Semester 1
COMP 201 Basic Computer Applications
WELD 1111 Trade Practices
WELD 1112 Applied Blueprint Reading
WELD 1113 Welding Theory 1
WELD 1114 Material and Process Quality 1
WELD 1115 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical 1
WELD 1116 Gas Shielded Semi-Automatic Welding Practical 1
WELD 1117 Thermal Cutting

Semester 2
COMM 62 Skilled Trades Applied Communications
EGEN 2020 General Education Elective
WELD1204 Technical Math 2
WELD 1212 Bluepring Reading and Fitting
WELD 1213 Welding Theory 2
WELD 1215 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Pratical 2
WELD 1216 Semi-Automatic Welding Practical 2
WELD 1217 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1

Semester 3
GENE 24 Ethics and Critical Thinking
WELD 1312 Fitting
WELD 1314 Quality
WELD 1315 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical 3
WELD 1316 Automatic and Semi-Automatic Processes 1
WELD 1317 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Practical 2 and Plasma Arc Welding
WELD1406 Computer Aided Design

Semester 4
EGEN4040 General Education Elective
WELD1405 Automated Welding
WELD 1407 Advanced Welding Processes
WELD 1412 Layout and Fabrication
WELD 1415 Shielded Metal Arc Welding Practical 4
WELD 1416 Automatic and Semi-Automatic Processes 2: Advanced
WELD 1417 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Practical 3

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


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

Admissions Information

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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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