The program delivers welding technology at the technician level and prepares students for the welding industry's demands. This market requires graduates with a higher level of theory combined with the practical skills needed to succeed in an industry with an evolving complexity level.
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.
This course will allow students to explore the advanced features of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database packages. They will also learn about the integration of data and graphics between these packages.
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.
This course provides instruction and practice in college and workplace communication skills with an emphasis on the development of strategies to organize and express ideas in a clear and professional manner. Course work also provides opportunities for the development of students' grammar, research, analytical, reading, and listening skills.
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.
This course develops the student's understanding of design principles and mechanical drafting abilities while introducing Computer Aided Design (CAD).
This course is designed to teach students how to apply critical thinking concepts to ethical problems. Initially, students learn various aspects of critical thinking and evolve form the knowing stage of critical thinking to the evaluation stage of critical thinking. Students also have an opportunity to explore the ethical process and are exposed to the philosophical aspects of ethical reasoning and progress towards problem solving strategies in relation to controversial issues.
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals and principles of automated welding. The fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) are explored and basic design requirements and methods are developed. Course content also focuses on safety, tasks and responsibilities, work ethic, teamwork, and continuous improvement.
This content covers a theoretical understanding of processes used in the welding of alloys not covered in SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW. The proper use of filler rods and gas requirements associated with these processes is explained.
This course covers topics relevant to fabrication and design within today's changing metal fabrication industry. Fundamental theory is reinforced by practical in-shop laboratory assignments.
This course content covers the knowledge and skills required when using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process at an advanced level. Equipment set-up, power sources, and safe welding practices are expanded upon as are related destructive testing concepts.
This course content covers the knowledge and skills required when using the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and the Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) process at an advanced level.
This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to use the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process at an advanced level.
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 Admissions Requirements.
If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program, free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.
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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.
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