The School of Skilled Trades at the Cornwall Campus offers the in-school study portion of the welder (456A) apprenticeship program for students already registered and working in the trade.
- Level 1 (Basic) Apprenticeship Program Code 0884 - 10-week block
- Level 2 (Intermediate) Apprenticeship Program Code 0885 - 6-week block
- Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship Program Code 0886 - 8-week block
Apprentices are required to complete three levels of in-school training together with the required on-the-job or practical components of the trade. Upon successful completion of all the contract requirements, apprentices are eligible to write the Certificate of Qualification exam.
Students also have the opportunity to challenge the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certification in several welding processes. This allows graduates to provide employers with proof of CWB certification.
This program is funded in part by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
This program is considered a Red Seal trade (see www.red-seal.ca - opens a new window). Apprenticeship grants are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and to encourage more apprentices to complete their training. Eligible apprentices may receive up to $4,000 which can be used to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses.
As per the Service Canada website, registered apprentices who have successfully finished their first or second year / level (or equivalent) in one of the Red Seal trades can apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) which is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year / level up to a maximum of $2,000. Registered apprentices who complete their training, become a certified journeyperson in a designated Red Seal trade, and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate of Qualification can apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) which is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. For more information visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca.
This course focuses on safe material handling, workplace hazards, and various pieces of legislation governing working conditions in the welding and fabrication trade. Students are also introduced to measuring, hand, and power tools and to the basic arithmetic, calculations, and systems of measurement routinely used in the workplace.
This course content addresses basic drawing, sketching, and drafting and introduces layout and fitting in the welding and fabrication trade. Joint types, welding positions, and welding symbols are discussed and applied.
This course focuses on safe material handling, workplace hazards, and various pieces of legislation governing working conditions in the welding and fabrication trade. Students are also introduced to measuring, hand and power tools, and to the basic arithmetic, calculations, and systems of measurement routinely used in the workplace.
This course content introduces students to distortion, metallurgy, inspection and testing, and weld quality. The fundamental causes of distortion and the inherent effects and corrective measures are discussed. Students are also introduced to the characteristics of metals and alloys and the effects of welding heat. Destructive and non-destructive testing methods are reviewed and weld quality, welding discontinuity, and welding procedures are explained.
In this shop course, students safely demonstrate the equipment set-up and the processes for fillet and groove welding of mild steel using the Shielded Metal ArcWelding (SMAW) process. Post-weld operations are performed as are routine and required equipment maintenance procedures.
In this course, students set up and operate manual oxy-fuel cutting equipment, plasma arc cutting equipment, and air carbon arc gouging equipment in accordance with government safety regulations. Course content highlights safety-related concepts, equipment features and maintenance, cutting processes, and the correction of common cutting faults.
In this course, students acquire a working knowledge of blueprint reading and basic drafting and of layout and fitting techniques. Course content covers presenting information on drawings, estimating material requirements, and explaining and demonstrating various layout and fitting techniques.
Course content focuses on brazing, metallurgy, and inspection and testing and further prepares the student to work safely and effectively in the lab environment.
This practical application course focuses on improving the students' Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) skills. Fillet and groove welds in all positions on mild steel are practiced and familiarity with equipment, power sources, and materials is increased. Welds for destructive testing and associated preparatory operations are covered.
Students expand their Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) skills set in this shop course with a focus on fillet and groove welds using both processes. Familiarity with equipment, power sources, and materials is increased. Welds for destructive testing and associated preparatory operations are covered.
This course content introduces the student to fillet and groove welding of mild and stainless steel using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. Post-weld operations are also performed as are routine and required equipment maintenance procedures.
This course content focuses on layout and pattern development and the use of fabrication equipment. Practical fitting projects allow the students to develop skills in fundamental layout and pattern making and to increase their familiarity with fabrication equipment and structural steel, pipe, and box construction projects.
This course content explores the microstructures of carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum and the variables that have an impact on the ability to weld these materials and associated alloys. Cast iron and non-ferrous metals are also covered. Fundamentals of distortion including control and correction are discussed as are welding performance and welding procedure qualification testing. Welding codes and standards including ASME and CSA are examined.
This shop practice course focuses on groove welds on plate, groove welds on pipe, and fillet and groove welds with stainless steel electrodes using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. Equipment set-up, power sources, and safe welding practices are expanded upon as are related destructive testing concepts.
This course provides students with additional background in Gas Metal Arc Welding (Pulsed), and Metal Core Arc Welding. Additionally, Submerged Arc Welding and stud welding are discussed.
This shop practice course expands the student's understanding of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process and the ability to perform fillet and groove welding, pipe welding, and fillet and groove welding on aluminum using this process. Equipment set-up, power sources, and safe welding practices are reviewed and expanded upon. Course content also introduces the Plasma Arc Welding (PAW) process.
The apprentice must be:
- Sponsored by an employer
- Registered with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
- Registered with the Ontario College of Trades
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