Take the first step towards becoming a Welder. This first-level pre-apprenticeship program is delivered over 20 weeks from May 23 to October 6, 2023.
In addition to fulfilling the requirements needed to continue in an apprenticeship (pending employer sponsorship), participants will also receive three micro-credentials and a paid placement.
This pre-apprenticeship program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) to develop more skilled tradespeople in response to Ontario’s shortage of skilled workers.
- The funding includes your tuition, hand tools, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and all learning resources
- The program includes an 8-week paid placement
- As an MLITSD-funded program, your pre-apprenticeship training is automatically recognized by MLITSD
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In this program, participants will:
- Focus on Level 1 in-class, as well as an introduction to secondary trade (3 hours/week) and safety
- Develop skills and knowledge required to operate welding equipment to weld metals
- Be introduced to the Industrial Mechanic Millwright trade with an introduction to fluid power, e.g., hydraulics
- Earn three micro-credentials in Workforce Preparedness, Digital Literacy, and Communication. Micro-Credentials are credentials that are transferable across disciplines and can be stand alone as requested by employers or stackable with other credentials to earn more comprehensive credentials
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 learn trade specific applications as they relate to fluid power. Typical hydraulic and pneumatic systems found in industrial applications are highlighted. Students receive a basic introduction to hydraulic and pneumatic principles, components, symbols and applications.
The apprentice must have:
- A secondary school diploma or equivalent
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There will be four entrance tests in Math, Reading Comprehension, Composition and Mechanical Aptitude followed by an interview in order to gain entrance to the program.
Your new career pathway is mapped out for you with this program that is not only tuition-free but includes your hand tools, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and all learning resources.
Our Cornwall campus has a brand new library, new health simulation labs, renovated student common areas and more to make your transition to college life an easy one.
- Are employed by companies that manufacture structural steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, aircraft, and ships and other metal products, and by welding contractors and welding shops, or they may be self-employed
- May specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, ship building and repair, aerospace precision welding, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding
- Earn upwards of $57 per hour in Canada
- Are a Red Seal Trade, so when your apprenticeship is completed you will be given the professional designation RSE for Red Seal Endorsed
Fully qualified Red Seal Welders:
- Read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications
- Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plasma arc welding (PAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), resistance welding, and submerged arc welding (SAW)
- Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment
- Operate brazing and soldering equipment
- Operate metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears, and other metal straightening and bending machines
- Repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers
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